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The monumental highlands of the Andes region dominate the central corridor of Ecuador. Located a short distance from the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, the Andes region is part of the longest continental mountain range in the world. Also known as the Highlands or the Sierra, the region has towering mountain peaks, lush valleys and one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes. Whether you’re looking for adventurous mountain hikes or wanting to relax in a thermal hot spring, have your camera at the ready as you’ll be constantly surrounded by natural beauty.
Wander past the historic buildings that line Quito’s La Ronda street to experience Ecuadorian hospitality before you venture out in search of loftier heights and smaller villages. Tour operators are abundant in the city and can organize packaged tours to the famous Cotopaxi National Park to see one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world or to Cochasquí where there are ruins that pre-date the Inca civilisation.
Transportation to the small villages of Cayambe and Ambato can be found in the city, both of which provide great bases for hiking and exploring. Take the train ride to Riobamba, with its exhilarating incline and dramatic views. Immerse yourself in the thermal pools of Baños or Oyacachi or visit one of South America’s most iconic markets in Otavalo.
Be sure to pack for many types of adventures, and weather. The Andes region in Ecuador is known to have four seasons in one day, although there is a distinct rainy season from October to May. Visit from July to September for the best chance of cloudless skies and the opportunity to see the Andes’ often-illusive peaks. Mornings are almost always crisp at this altitude and even in the capital, at 9,350 feet (2,850 meters) above sea level, you’ll get chilly overnight.
Reach the Ecuadorian Andes via Quito’s international airport, with flights from North and South America arriving regularly. Those travelling overland will find connections from major hubs in Ecuador and its neighboring countries in the capital. Accommodation is plentiful in the region, although often basic, and reservations during the dry months are advised.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 13.6 mi (21.9 km) from Quito Zoo and within 25 mi (40 km) of Casa Blanca Stadium and Mitad del Mundo Monument. Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Intinan Solar Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Located in La Mariscal, this hostal is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Foch Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Basilica of the National Vow and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium. Independence Square and Quito Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in La Mariscal, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Foch Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Basilica of the National Vow and Independence Square. Quito Cathedral and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Botanical Garden of Quito and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium. Quicentro Mall and El Jardin Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mindalae Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Basilica of the National Vow. Independence Square and Quito Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Gualaceo, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ecuagenera Orchids and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gualaceo Church and Gualaceo Market. Lineal Park is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) away.
Situated in Quito, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quicentro Mall and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium. Botanical Garden of Quito and Inaquito Mall are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Botanical Garden of Quito, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, and Independence Square. Quito Cathedral and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 20 mi (32 km).