The Andean Highlands

Ecuador Highlands Region

If you are looking for a dramatic and fascinating Andes holiday, Ecuador is the country for you. A trip along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, which takes you through the mystical and majestic Andean Highlands, can be a spectacular experience.

Some 30 peaks in the vicinity of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, a number still smouldering, give the area one of the highest concentrations of volcanoes in the world. Much of the time these peaks are draped in swirling clouds and mists. Locally it is said that the mountains are shy and modest, but on a clear day the view over the green fields to the snow-crowned peaks is magnificent.

Some of the more visited mountains in Ecuador include the Cotopaxi Volcano, a perfectly cone-shaped snow-capped wonder, which is classed as one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, the Cayambe Volcano in the north of Ecuador which is the only point on Earth where you will find snow on the equator line and the Chimborazo Volcano, the tallest mountain in Ecuador which was thought to be the tallest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered. In fact, taking into account that the Earth is wider around the Equator, the Chimborazo Volcano is still the closest point you can get to the sun, whilst still being on solid ground.

The Andes run from north to south through Ecuador, with parallel ranges on the east and west forming between them a number of inter-Andean valleys. The outer slopes of the Andes are covered in mists and areas of thick cloud forests threaded with silvery waterfalls.


Featured Hotel

News image

Hacienda Caballo Campana Cuenca

Hotel Hacienda Caballo Campana consists of 24 hectares extensive gardens, pasture land and forest on the edge of the river Yanuncay in the city of Cuenca in the south of Ecuador. Within th...

Read more

Featured Tour

News image

Southern Ecuador Highlands & Rainforest Tour

This 10 day tour includes an overland trip south from Quito along the breathtaking Avenue of the Volcanoes, with stays at some of the country´s best haciendas and incorporates a 4 day / ...

Read more
Hacienda Abraspungo logo Hacienda Caballo Campana logo Cafe Cultura logo  Hacienda Hato Verde logo    Hacienda Pinsaqui logo  alegria-bottom