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TitleAdventure Guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Hunter Travel Guides)
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Table of Contents
                            Cover
Introduction
Travel Information
Eco-Travel
Quito & Vicinity
The Northern Highlands
Central Highlands
	Quito South to Riobamba
	Banos Area
Cuenca & the Southern Highlands
Western Slopes to the Pacific Coast
	The Western Slopes
	The North Coast
Central & South Coast
	The Coast
	Guayaquil & Vicinity
The Upper Amazon Basin
Central & Southern Oriente
The Galapagos Islands
Appendix
	Going Metric
	Learning the Language
	Recommended International Tour Companies
	Environmental Groups
	Further Reading
	Ecotourism in Ecuador
Index
                        
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Page 1

“Simply put, Ecuador provides more biologic, geo-

graphic and recreational diversity than any other

country in Latin America. You can experience the

biological wonders of the Galápagos Islands,

misty coastal cloud forests, the snow-capped

jewels of the Andes, and the unparalleled diver-

sity of the upper Amazon Basin. Add to this na-

tive markets and the beauty of the indigenous

people.

True adventure travel entails experiencing life

through the simple beauty of discovery. To do so,

you must expand your limits and open your arms

to new encounters. Ecuador, a country that of-

fers a cornucopia of rich, newfound experiences,

is full of enchanting natural landscapes and wel-

coming smiles. Whether your goal is recreation,

exploring pristine natural environments, or pho-

tographing the amazing variety of scenes, you will be delighted with the opportu-

nities here. This is a land that gives back three times what you bring to it. So go

now and take a chance. Challenge yourself, meet the people, try their food, and

take a stab at speaking their language. The Ecuadorians will love you for it. And

don’t be surprised when you decide to return!” (from the Introduction)

� Full details on seeing the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, the

Andes, the tropical beaches, Quito, Guayaquil

� Visiting the jungle reserves, cloud forests, native villages

� The best accommodations and restaurants in all price ranges

� Hiking, horseback riding, rafting & kayaking, biking, birding, animal spot-

ting, climbing the volcanos, camping

� Shopping for crafts, walking tours, sightseeing, how to get around

� Entertainment, festivals, nightlife

� Climate, history, the people & their culture, the food, business hours, medi-

cal care, banking

� Recommended tour operators, ecotourism and ecolodges

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Tour Operators

For exploring the Cuenca region, including Ingapirca and
El Cajas, the following tour operators are recommended.
Ecotrek, in Cuenca at Larga and Luis Cordero, � 7-842-
531, fax 7-835-387, offers trips into Cajas and Kapawi, in
Ecuador’s southern Oriente (see pages 217 and 378). They
are very knowledgeable and are a top-quality organization.
Expediciones Apullacta, at Grán Columbia 11-02 and
General Torres, � 7-837-815, [email protected], has
been recommended for day-trips to El Cajas, with transport
and meals included. Or try, Río Arriba Expeditions, at
Hermano Miguel 7-14, � 7-830-116, [email protected] – bi-
lingual guide included.

Also for day tours to Cajas and Ingapirca, try Santa Ana
Tours, Córdova and Borrero, � 7-832-340. Independent
guide Eduardo Quito, � 7-823-018, is also highly recom-
mended. He is reportedly very knowledgeable about the re-
gion and speaks English. Metropolitan Touring, on
Sucre and Hermano Miguel, � 7-831-463, www.metropoli-
tan-touring.com, is always top notch. Although they are the
largest touring company in the country, they do a good job,
utilizing local experts.

Podocarpus National Park
The area to the southeast is even less explored than El Cajas and even

more exceptional in its varied topography. The highlands of this park

offer hiking opportunities, while its eastern stretches meet the upper

Amazon and provide some of the best birding for the determined

birder. For hiking, get information at the ranger station and/or maps

in town (see Eco-Travel section, below). Inquire at the Ministry of

Toursim offices in Loja and Cuenca for local tour operators and indi-

vidual guides. In Vilcabamba, contact Refugio Solomaco, at Sucre
and Toledo, � 7-673-183, [email protected], for details on all-

inclusive trips into the park.

Around Vilcabamba
Vilcabamba and the Río Yambala area offer opportunities for pleas-

ant countryside hikes as far as the eye can see, or longer overnight

backpacking and camping as well. A nice hike is along the Río

Vilcabamba toward El Chaupi. For longer excursions and supported

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multi-day trips into Podocarpus National Park, inquire with Llama
Walking Tours, � 7-580-061, [email protected], or ask
around at the local hostels for suggestions and route information.

There is also a tourist office along the main plaza in town that can

point you in the right direction.

Birders will be amply rewarded with a wonderful array of opportuni-

ties, including the region east of Vilcabamba in the headwaters of the

upper Yamburara Valley. For more on this and a complete bird list,

visit Vilcabamba’s website at www.vilcabamba.org.

� With a Fishing Pole
Both El Cajas and Podocarpus National Parks have nu-

merous high-altitude lakes and streams. Bring along a

pole; many of these offer excellent trout fishing, though

the fish aren’t the biggest you’ve seen.

� On Horseback
As in most other regions of the Andes, there are grand op-

portunities to ride horseback around Cuenca, with trips

that last from one to several days. The hard part isn’t

where to go, it’s where to find a decent outfitter. The area

around Vilcabamba is ideal for horseback riding at a leisurely pace –

with a consistently pleasant climate and a wide-open, scenic country-

side. In fact, this area is known for its horses, which are one of the

main attractions during festivals, such as Carnival in February.

In Cuenca, MontaRuna, at Grán Colombia 10-29 and General
Torres, � /fax 7-846-395, [email protected], offers excursions of

varying length. Destinations include Ingapirga and the Inca Trail, as

well as Cajas National Park and other areas in this region. They also

offer trekking and top-notch jungle tours. They have multilingual

guides.

Several hostels can arrange horseback rides, either with or without

guides. The Hostal Madre Tierra, � 7-580-269, 7-580-687, www.
madretierra1.org, [email protected], and Hostería Las Ruinas
de Quinara, � 7-580-301, www.lasruinasdequinara.com, [email protected]
hotmail.com, can make arrangements. Actually, pretty much any hos-

tel you are staying at will help to set up a trip, even if they cannot do it

directly themselves. For horseback riding trips to Podocarpus, Roger
Toledo is based in Vilcacamba, on Agua de Hierro near Bolívar. He of-
fers multi-day trips into other areas as well.

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