In the Highlands
you will find the colonial cities Quito and Cuenca.
Both have been declared by
the UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage sites.
They offer a variety of
Visit the Plaza de
Independencia in Quito’s historic center or
the cathedral in Cuenca.
Make a walk in the surrounding streets and neighborhoods and in some places
you feel like staying in the 15 th century.
Situated within the Andes
they are surrounded by high, snowcapped volcanoes,
some still active! Follow
the Avenida de los Vulcanes along the Pan-American Highway from
North to South.
Visit the colorful Indian
Markets like the famous Otavalo Saturday market and
the surrounding villages
and watch the friendly indigenous people working on different kinds of
The Imbabura province
offers a variety of great landscape with quiet lakes surrounded by wild
mountains and small white towns and villages.
Come to the Cotopaxi
National Park to get some great hiking, climbing or biking
experience. Visit this area and have a look to the snowcapped top.
Catch the famous train
ride from Riobamba to Alausi, have a seat on the roof and
pass by the amazing Nariz del Diabolo (Devil’s Nose) in a zig zag
Further south visit Ingapirca
an ancient Inka site and get
an idea about their habits and life style.
Later head on to Cuenca
and visit the Las Cajas NP, a lake district and
visit the small villages
around there, like Cordeleg.
Head further south to the
Loja and Vilcabamba area to relax in an agreeable climate with
pure air and water and take some time for relaxing in a wellness and spa
In Banos, the gate
way from the highlands to the Amazon lowland area,
you can make some great hiking
and climbing and afterwards relax in one of
the hot water pools in