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Central Andes

To the south of Quito, the Central Highlands area is reached by the Avenue of the Volcanoes, characterized by striking volcanic peaks and rugged Andean scenery. Some of Ecuadorā€™s most visited sites lie in this area, including the Cotapaxi National Park, the lively little holiday town of BaƱos, the hot springs at Papallacta, the Laguna de Quilotoa, the huge crater lake on the route of the popular "Quilotoa Loop" and, of course, Ecuador's highest peak, Chimborazo.

16 Jul 2009

Activities for the Adventurous in the Central Andes

Cotopaxi National Park

101264An hour and a half south of Quito, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, is the dominant image on the Ecuadorian national psyche: the perfectly conical Cotopaxi volcano (altitude 5,897 m / 19,350 ft), ...
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

Quilotoa Loop

The region that has come to be known as the Quilotoa Loop boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ecuador, and is perfect for travelers seeking a taste of indigenous farm life and spectacular ...

Bike Ride to Puyo

For the more athletic travelers, there is the option to rent bicycles and ride 60 kilometers (37.3 mi) from BaƱos to Puyo in a single day. While the ride is fairly mild, without too many large hills ...
BaƱos, Ecuador


114873At 6,310 meters (20,702 ft), Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and, thanks to the equatorial bulge, qualifies as the furthest point from the center of the Earth. Chimborazo is actually an ...
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Chimborazo, Ecuador

Top Places to Stay in the Central Andes

Luna Runtun

101291A gorgeous luxury hotel and spa set in the mountains above BaƱos, Luna Runtun offers breathtaking views of Tungurahua Volcano, Llanganates National Park and BaƱos below. Swiss-owned and managed, ...
BaƱos, Ecuador

HosterĆ­a Papagayo

Papagayo is a beautiful hosterĆ­a that presents a variety of rooms with superb views of the volcanoes, as well as a cabin. Its relaxing atmosphere makes it the perfect place to acclimatize before or ...
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

San Agustin de Callo - x

A little more than an hour from Quito stands the beautiful and little-known colonial Hacienda of San AgustĆ­n de Callo. Built on a site that has served multiple functions throughout ...

La Posada del Arte

103510For art aficionados and discriminating travelers, La Posada del Arte is certainly a BaƱos treasure. In addition to big, comfy beds, and plenty of hot water, the hostel has a cozy sala where you can ...
BaƱos, Ecuador
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