One of the things that makes Ecuador such a special destination is the variety that it has to offer. This is not only seen in the different landscapes, but also in the many activities that you can do. Ecuador is the perfect destination for adventure seekers, as the possibilities for sports activities in Ecuador are endless! A wide variety of (extreme) sports can be experienced, from climbing Cotopaxi to water sports like diving, or horseback riding and mountain biking. It is often possible to book sport activities separately, booking a Multi-sport package, or creating a tailor-made trip that contains your favorite activities.
Trekking and hiking
The beautiful landscapes of Ecuador are exceptionally accessible despite the enormous altitude changes. This makes it very easy to get around and reach one of the many hiking/trekking trails, such as the Condor trail. The enormous open fields of the Andes Highlands allow you to feel like you are the only person in the world. You are surrounded by wildlife in their natural habitat. You can wander around the Galapagos Islands, where you will never get bored of the exotic animals and the scenery. The trails are incredible, and the guides can tell you the most interesting things about the landscape, its history and inhabitants.
Make sure to visit the Amazon, where you can explore the tropical rainforest and the many trails and waterfalls. The trails in Ecuador are some of the best in the world, and for good reason. There are almost no footprints of mankind to be found, and unlike other popular places for hiking and trekking, Ecuador will really give you the feeling that you are alone with nature. Either solo or with a guide, trekking in this magnificent country will leave you with an unforgettable experience.
Both experienced and inexperienced mountain bikers are in the right place in Ecuador. Cycling routes include views of waterfalls, volcano craters and the beautiful Andes Mountains during your adrenaline-fueled descent. There are many mountain bike routes for all levels. Did you know that it’s also possible to mountain bike on the Galapagos Islands? Mountain bike tours in Ecuador can generally be booked for 1-10 days. It is important to have well maintained and reliable equipment, so make sure you get informed properly. Find your favorite mountain bike route.
Ecuador climbing tours
Mountain lovers will certainly love Ecuador due to its exceptional offer of mountains and (active) volcanoes. What is so great about Ecuador is that there are so many possibilities. Whether you have no climbing experience at all, or are an experienced climber, Ecuador has it all. You do not need any specific equipment, as this is almost always included in the package. This makes the threshold very low to attempt and experience a climb.
Take on Chimborazo, in order to reach the closest point to the sun on Earth; or climb Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s highest active volcano; or you can reach the highest point on the equatorial line by climbing Cayambe. Acclimatization may be recommended in order for you to get used to the altitude and prevent altitude sickness.
Few things are more beautiful than experiencing the beauty of nature on the back of a horse. Ride in the Andes and you will become truly immersed in nature. You and the horse work together to navigate through the “paramo,” which is home to many wild animals, such as wild horses, deer and a variety of birds. Whether you prefer riding around Cotopaxi, Corazon or the Illinizas, you are guaranteed to have a spectacular experience.
Water sports Ecuador
The best locations for water sports in Ecuador are without a doubt the Galapagos Islands. The underwater world here is like nowhere on Earth. It is the only place to dive with Marine iguanas, and even penguins. Snorkeling and kayaking are excellent alternatives to observe the fascinating creatures that live in and around the waters of the volcanic archipelago.
Mainland Ecuador is a desirable location for those who want to fish, kayak or go whitewater rafting. The coast offers excellent opportunities for surfing and windsurfing, with many schools to learn along the relaxing beaches.
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