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
32 Saves

Backpack to El Altar

Ecuador / Candelária

Local Ecuadorian outdoorspeople constantly tout El Altar as the best place in Ecuador for outdoor adventure.  Ecuador’s 5th highest peak, El Altar (17,451 ft.

Nick Lake
30 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
28 Saves

Climb Volcan Antisana

Ecuador / Volcan Antisana

Antisana is the 4th highest peak in Ecuador, after Chimborazo, Cayambe, and Cotopaxi. However, due to it's access restrictions and remote location, it is climbed far less than the others.

Kyle Frost
15 Saves

Hike Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico

Ecuador / Sierra Negra

I don't know what you think of when you think of the Galapagos, but giant volcanoes isn't one of the things that was in my head.

Kyle Frost
9 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
8 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
8 Saves

Climb Volcan Chimborazo

Ecuador / Volcan Chimborazo

 Rising 20,548 ft above sea level, Chimborazo is nearly 9,000 ft shorter than Everest.

Kyle Frost
7 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 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
5 Saves

Visit Bartolome Island

Ecuador / Playa Dorada

This is one of the most popular day tours from Puerto Aroyo on Santa Cruz Island.

Kyle Frost
4 Saves

Climb Volcan Cayambe

Ecuador / Volcan Cayambe

Cayambe is Ecuador’s third tallest peak and is often recommended as an excellent mountain for first-time mountaineers looking to gain glacier travel and high-altitude climbing experience.

Nick Lake
4 Saves

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
3 Saves

Snorkel at Concha Perla

Ecuador / Concha de Perla, Ecuador

From the main square of Puerto Villamil, head down down the road towards the docks.

Kyle Frost
2 Saves

Hike Rucu Pinchincha

Ecuador / Quito Teleferico

Rucu Pinchincha is an incredibly accessible (yet difficult) hike from Quito.

Kyle Frost
2 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