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by on October 16, 2018
A good hike can be one of the most satisfying ways to really get close to nature. The feeling of accomplishment along with a few amazing views make for a totally memorable vacation. Ecuador does not disappoint when it comes to awesome hikes! Especially in the mountains, there are absolutely breathtaking routes for all levels of hikers. Here are my top 5 places.
by on September 14, 2018
If you’re a climber that’s visiting Ecuador, the Chimborazo Volcano is one that you can’t miss! The Chimborazo’s claim to fame is that it’s peak is the world’s furthest point from the earth’s center. I know what you’re thinking. Everest is the highest mountain, everyone knows that. That’s partly true – measured from sea level, Everest is the highest mountain… but it’s not the closest to the sun. This is because the shape of the earth isn’t a perfect sphere. It actually bulges towards the middle (like many of us do). This means that the top of the Chimborazo is well over a mile further away from the earth’s center than Mount Everest! You literally will not find a point higher than the peak of the Chimborazo volcano.

Our Chimborazo summit tour is an experience of a lifetime. Get ready to reach the farthest/highest point on earth’s surface! At 6,263 m (20,548 ft) high, summiting Chimborazo is no feat, a challenging but highly rewarding experience. Climbing Chimborazo can be attempted all year round, similar to Cotopaxi, the ascent starts before midnight to be back early morning the next day. A proper acclimatization is highly encouraged to avoid altitude sickness, and progressively adapt to this challenging assent. Considering the technical complexity, our chimborazo summit tour complies with all requirements of a credited mountain guide with ASEGUIM certification.

by on June 30, 2018
When most people from North America think of South America, they think of hot, balmy weather. And, for the most part, this is true! South America is home to the Amazon, some genuinely amazing beaches, and even some hot, arid savannas. But what can you expect in Machu Picchu, Peru? It's located in the Andean mountain range, where the weather is notoriously brisk! Actually, Machu Picchu is located in an area where weather can be hard to predict - at around 8,000 feet above sea level, it's between the steamy Amazon and the chilly city of Cusco. Some say that within a single day, you can get all four seasons - complete with cold rain, warm sunshine, chilly wind, and even snow!
by on June 1, 2018
There are 21 volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands that emerge from the ocean and form the Archipelago. Of these, 13 volcanoes are active! Ever since Charles Darwin showed up here in 1835, there have been over 60 recorded eruptions on 6 of the volcanoes. Many people are fascinated by how such a delicate ecosystem - complete with its own micro climate - exists in such a volatile place! Historically, the critically endangered wildlife of the Galapagos has always been on the brink of destruction. 

Cotopaxi Summit is arguably the most popular tour for an active volcano in Ecuador, attracting climbers of all walks; all hoping to summit. Although not considered difficult among avid climbers, it is on the technical side of things, where crevasse rescue gear, ice axe, crampons and other gear are required for its ascent. Known as the world’s third highest active volcano, with a nearly perfect conical shape & only 2 hours away from the main capital acknowledges its popularity. An accredited mountain guide is required for those attempting to summit, climbs can be attempted year round, there is no precipitous change in weather where attempting to submit would be discouraged. Climbers reaching the summit are greeted with a 480 crater meters in width, a stunning surrounding landscape, the presence of fumaroles and a faint smell of sulfur and success.

Our Cotopaxi day tour is the perfect way of experiencing the highlands with easy access from the main capital. Cotopaxi has become an iconic stop when visiting Ecuador, clearly visible as a landmark from Quito. Its majestic snowy peaks that can be seen from afar make it an inviting experience from start to finish. Your Cotopaxi day tour starts roughly 50 km south of Quito, it will get you as near as the refuge. For those looking for that extra bit of adventure, an additional 30 minutes will get you to the glaciers. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world,  with an elevation of 5,897m (19,347 ft) – a quite popular summit many avid climbers try to peak. The Cotopaxi national park is a protected area that provides guest with a glimpse of the volcano and its natural surroundings. Your tour includes viewpoints along the way, a beautiful lagoon and a mild hike to the refuge, all part of your Cotopaxi day tour adventure!

by on October 21, 2015
Ever since Cotopaxi volcano became active this past august, Ecuador has being tirelessly working to inform and educate citizens in the event of a potential eruption and its possible repercussions. But how does this translate for tourists and travelers passing by? What precautions should they take? What places are to be avoided? How long will it last? We got you covered, first and foremost let’s get started with your safety! Check out the infographic below on the effects of volcanic ash to your health and how you can avoid them:
 
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