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Hiking in Cajas National Park – Part 4

Hiking in Cajas National Park – Part 4

Another week had passed and it was time for another day of hiking in Cajas National Park. As I had already tackled routes 1, 2 & 3, it was time to try Route 4. Similar to the previous week, it had been raining overnight in Cuenca. And it was still raining when I left my hotel for the bus terminal. For more details on how to get to Cajas national Park, and what you will need, please see my first…

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Hiking in Cajas National Park, Ecuador – Part 2

Hiking in Cajas National Park, Ecuador – Part 2

As I was in Cuenca for an extended stay this time, I knew I had to do another day of hiking in Cajas National Park. Hiking in Cajas had been the highlight of my previous stay in Cuenca. Ever since then I couldn’t wait to check out more trails. Getting to Cajas National Park is really easy from Cuenca. You can read all the details on how to get here and what you will need in my first post in…

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Hiking in Cajas National Park, Cuenca, Ecuador

Hiking in Cajas National Park, Cuenca, Ecuador

When visiting Cuenca, Ecuador a day of hiking in Cajas National Park is a must-do. Being less than an hour outside of Cuenca, it’s an easy day trip you can do by yourself. No need for an expensive tour or guide. How to get there. Easy. Take the bus. Buses leave from Cuenca’s main bus terminal on a regular basis. Most buses heading to Guayaquil will go this way. Just ask anybody in the terminal for buses to Cajas and…

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How is travel in Ecuador with COVID-19

How is travel in Ecuador with COVID-19

This post will be updated regularly as my journey continues. If there is one word I could use, to sum up how is travel in Ecuador with COVID-19, it would be “quiet”. I arrived in Ecuador for the first time on October 1st, 2020. I didn’t have a plan. It was just time to leave Panama after an unexpected 7-month stay. Although quarantine in Panama wasn’t the worst experience I’ve ever had, I desperately needed a change of scenery. I…

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Hiking in Ecuador – The Quilotoa Loop

Hiking in Ecuador – The Quilotoa Loop

One of the most popular trails to do when hiking in Ecuador is the famous Quilotoa Loop trail. The main destination for this trail is the beautiful volcanic crater lake, Laguna de Quilotoa. You can actually just take a bus directly to Laguna de Quilotoa if you want. But many people, including myself, choose to do the three day hike known as the Quilotoa Loop. You can do the trail in either direction. For me, I preferred to have Laguna…

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Hiking in Ecuador – Laguna de Mojanda and Fuya Fuya

Hiking in Ecuador – Laguna de Mojanda and Fuya Fuya

Most people come to Otavalo Ecuador for its famous Saturday market. It seems like few stay around for anything else. What a mistake that is. Laguna de Cuicocha is one of the most popular hikes in the area, and rightfully so. But it’s not my favorite. Laguna de Mojanda and the twin volcanic peaks of Fuya Fuya are much more of an adventure. How to get there. There is no public transport to Laguna de Mojanda so you will need…

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Hiking in Ecuador – Laguna de Cuicocha (Otavalo)

Hiking in Ecuador – Laguna de Cuicocha (Otavalo)

After a few days of recovery from my hike up Ruca Pichincha in Quito I decided to head north to Otavalo to try some more hiking in Ecuador. Laguna de Cuicocha is a beautiful volcanic crater lake about 20 km outside of the market town of Otavalo. Many people come to Otavalo just for the famous Saturday market but there is so much more to do here than just shop. How to get there. There is no public transport directly…

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Hiking in Quito, Ecuador – Ruca Pichincha Trail

Hiking in Quito, Ecuador – Ruca Pichincha Trail

After being here for over a week now I figured it was time to do some hiking in Quito. Trust me, you need to acclimatize to the altitude here before attempting any of these trails. Sendero al Ruco Pichincha is a popular trail for weekend hikes in Quito. It is easily accessible from the city via cable car and offers spectacular views of Quito down below. With the great views come the difficulties of hiking at high altitude. The trail…

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