Did you know that the Andes make up 13% of the land surface of our planet? That’s pretty amazing! The Andean mountain chain is 8000km long which extends along the western edge of the South American continent. In Ecuador alone, the Andes occupies ¼ of the land surface, and it extends from north to south cutting through the centre. The earth is exceptionally fertile, and farming is possible even on mountain tops!
Most travellers will arrive in Quito before embarking on a single day or multiple day tours through the Andes. At Galapagos PRO, we offer many excursions which allow you to experience Ecuador to its fullest. We provide English speaking guides, car rentals for road trips, tours for mountain climbing enthusiast, horseback riding and many more. Take your time to look at our website to find the perfect Ecuador tour package for you. Our team is happy to assist you. Click here to see our selection of the best Andes hotels and Haciendas.
The Avenue of Volcanoes in Ecuador
Volcanic activity formed the northern highlands of Ecuador. The highest mountain in Ecuador, Chimborazo, and the world’s highest active volcano, Cotopaxi are located there. They are 6,310 m and 5,807 m respectively. Ecuador is a popular destination for mountain climbers and hikers, and they are considered to be a rather easy climb. In the Andes Highlands, there are around 22 mountains above 3,500 m, of which 9 are active volcanoes.
In the southern part, there are also large watershed areas without any volcanic activity. Areas above 2000 m enjoy a cold temperate climate.
All mountain climbing expeditions and trips to places exceeding 3500 m should ideally be accompanied by a mountain climbing expert or tour guide. This is because not all trails are well paved or marked out. It is also important to have someone who can offer expert assistance should anyone experience mountain sickness.
Our Travel Recommendation
A particular route leads from north to south along the avenue of volcanoes. Regardless if you are travelling by train, bus, car or even on a horse, travellers are guaranteed to be rewarded with a spectacular view of the mountainous region. Be ready to admire the lush green valleys and magnificent snow-capped mountains that looks straight out from a movie scene. You will have the chance to have an authentic encounter with the indigenous community in the Amazon and visit UNESCO heritage sites and cities. Countless highlights are awaiting your discovery. Check out our top 10 things to do in Ecuador here. Explore our tours and packages below now!