The Best Outdoor Activities in Ecuador

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike around Cuicocha Lake

Ecuador / Cuicocha Lake

Not very far from the touristy Ecuadorian town of Otavalo and the retirement paradise of Cotacachi is the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve.

Jamie Fleck
29 Saves

Hike the San Luis Trail in Cajas National Park

Ecuador / San Luis Trail, Laguna Toreadora Ranger Station

From the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city and a Unesco World Heritage Site, it’s an easy bus or taxi ride to Parque Nacional Cajas (Cajas National Park).

Barry Holloway
7 Saves

Explore La Chimosa in Podocarpus National Park

Ecuador / Bombuscaro Entrance

At 970m above sea level in one of the most bio diverse places on earth one entrance to Podocarpus National Park can be reached by way of the small city of Zamora.

Alex Mason
6 Saves

Hike Mandango "The Sleeping Inca"

Ecuador / Hostal Izhcayluma

In the very south of the Ecuadorian Andes lies a mountain that appears in the form of a giant, sleeping, Inca god.

Alex Mason
5 Saves

Hike to the Pailon del Diablo Waterfall

Ecuador / Pailon del Diablo

The Pailon del Diablo, or Devil's Cauldron, is an aptly-named waterfall on the Rio Pastaza, a tributary of the upper Amazon River Basin.

Matthew Reed
5 Saves

Hike along Playa de Los Frailes, Machalilla NP

Ecuador / Playa de los Frailes

The 4km loop trail winds along steep bluffs and descends into several other "hidden" beaches before reaching Playa de Los Frailes -- a no brainer for this crowd.

Matthew Reed
4 Saves

Catch a Sunset from Parque Eólica Villonaco

Ecuador / Parque Eólica Villonaco

In the southern Andes of Ecuador, at an elevation of 2,800 m above sea level, on the road joining Catamayo and Loja, a park containing 12 wind turbines provides amazing views of the city of Loja.

Alex Mason
2 Saves

Hike to the Swing at the End of the World

Ecuador / Swing at the End of the World Trailhead

For those in Banos, Ecuador who want to get their ass kicked with a good day hike, this is the one. The trail begins at a set of stairs up to a small cross.

Zee Lilani
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Camp at Laguna Quilotoa

Ecuador / Laguna Quilotoa Trailhead

Laguna Quilotoa is an incredibly scenic and relatively easy place to do a day hike in Ecuador.

Zee Lilani
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