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Andes Highlands

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Columbus Travel is a tour operator with more than 18 years of experience. We operate a wide variety of tours in Ecuador including the best hotels, cruises, amazon lodges, Peru tours and any land services needed. We tailor our tours, however the packages listed here are our best-selling trips, because of the complete combination of the highlights of South America.

Tour options: Visit Quito, Guayaquil, Papallacta’s hot springs, Cuenca or the Artisan Market of Otavalo.

“Take a breathtaking scenic ride winding throughout the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’. The unique tapestry of the Andes is one of the most visited because of its incomparable majestic beauty.”

Discover this unique and impressive region

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The richness of Ecuador can be observed throughout the Andes. Cities full of history and art, archaeological ruins of hundreds of years, volcanoes that rise to the sky, valleys filled with greenery, colorful Indian markets, protected forests and national parks as well as cities of culture are only part of the huge tourism inventory offered by this region.

The Ecuadorian Andes holds some of most active and the tallest volcanoes in the world like Chimborazo (6'310 m/20’697 ft), the highest peak of Ecuador; Cotopaxi (5'897 m/19’655 ft), probably the most famous of the country because of its cubic form; Cayambe (5’790 m/18’991 ft), one of the hardest and dangerous to climb in Ecuador. The “Avenida de los Volcanes” offers opportunities for hiking, trekking and climbing for all levels. The Ecuadorian Andes are the only site on the planet where the equator passes through the highlands. In the rest of the world, the equator passes through the dense tropical forests or the ocean. The pre-Inca cultures, which lived in Quito and its surroundings, have developed their astronomical knowledge thanks to various landmarks around the city.

This region also offers many sites with stunning views: lagoons of Quilotoa and Cuicocha, national ecological reserves of Páramo and forests, Otavallo’s colorful Indian market, many colonial and cultural cities, and many valleys, waterfalls and rivers. Major cities of the Andes: Quito, the capital city and the cultural heritage of humanity; Loja and Vilcabamba, the Valley of Longevity; Cuenca, a colonial city full of history; Baños, a spa town.

Discover this unique and impressive region and join one of our tours that combine the best of Ecuador and Galapagos Islands!