Explore the most popular Running trails in Ecuador with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Bring lots of water and snacks! Also, it can be very cold and windy when you reach the top so a sweater or jacket and even a hat would be good to bring with you. If you haven’t spent much time in Quito yet, take it slow or the altitude will really hit you. When you reach the summit, the view is spectacular! Definitely well worth the trek!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

Amazing trail in Ecuador.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Started the hike at 10.20am after getting one of the first gondolas up. Hike starts nice and easy with a few uphill slopes. If you want to summit, you will reach a point where the hike becomes a bit more challenging with a few small rocky scrambling sections. Shortly before the summit you climb a very steep sandy slope. To summit you have two "paths" - one scramble is the easier option whilst the 2nd would lead you to ridge edge that requires more technical climbing. Bring layers! We went on a sunny day but it was a white out cloud at the summit and absolutely freezing. Whole hike took us around 5 hours with a very leisurely walk back to the gondola. This was our first summit hike but we absolutely loved it and it made for great acclimatization.

hiking
3 months ago

It was quite hard because of high attitude and bad trail.On the most places are rolling stones or sand and might be slippery very easy.But it is worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely amazing! My boyfriend and I are not regular trekkers and not use to high altitude. We went slow and felt out of breath a lot of the way, especially at the beginning. The view makes up for it. It took us just over 4 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice moderate trail, took us about 4hrs to complete the long loop which is 12.5km around the lake. I recommend going counter clockwise. You get nice views of the lake from the get go and some steep ascents and steps at the beginning. Towards the end of the hike it's a nice gentle downhill through forest. Make sure to bring a warm layer as the forest side did get chilly and it started raining slightly. Definitely a nice hike to do in preparation for higher elevation and stamina :)

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Well-worn paths and prominent trail markers. Moderate scramble required near the peak. Gloves and insulated jacket are strongly recommended as the last 100m become quite cold/gusty, especially when clouds are present. Descent from peak following down-scramble is soft-sand over rocks, approx. 40-50 deg slope.

hiking
3 months ago

well maintained trails. the road up to the cable car is 5km.bring coins or small notes. It's necessary to take the cable in and out and the last car back leaves at 4:30pm. The map is a little confusing but there's only 2 trails, both are moderate with a bit of mud and stairs. I saw a Toucan and many butterflies, flowers and insects.

Today I hiked the loop around the lake with my wife and 3 sons (ages 14, 12, 10). We went counter clockwise and the first 4-5 miles are quite challenging. My 10 year old struggled up until we hit the 5 mile mark when the trail descended back to the start. Our GPS says the hike was about 7.6 miles. The temperature can vary dramatically. We were sweating at the beginning and bundled up at the end. We finished right around sunset and we were treated to amazing colors! We almost ran out of water, so plan accordingly. The entire loop is demanding and will be challenging for those who aren't able-bodied. At the end, we voted as a family, and I was surprised that the kids gave it 5 stars since there was quite a bit of complaining for the first half! It was an amazing experience and will be a hike we won't forget!

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked Cuicocha today with my wife and 3 sons (ages 14, 12 and 10). My youngest son struggled a bit until we got to about the 5 mile mark (we hiked counter clockwise) when the terrain was flat and gradually down hill. Up until then it's a challenge for the casual hiker or less able-bodied. The views were fantastic and we finished the hike at sunset which provided amazing colors. We've been in Ecuador for a few days and aren't acclimated yet to the elevation and we were gassed on the steepest sections, but it wasn't terrible. We voted as a family and even though there was some complaining from the kids during the harder sections they ultimately gave it 5 stars. What a great experience! The temps varied dramatically, so take layers and a water proof shell. We were sweating the first half, and by the end we were bundled up. We had just enough water, so plan accordingly!

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is lovely from all perspectives. It is not a trail for those that are not physically fit. We started the hike around 9am. It gets hot quickly, so the earlier one starts, the better. We chose to do the hike going up the stairs near the entrance at the beginning when we were fresh and feeling strong. There are many sets of stairs at the beginning and we make most of the elevation game early in the hike. There are about 500+ stairs later in the hike, but they are downhill. You are rewarded for taking the stairs early in the hike by a gently sloping trail at the end.

A bit steep and slippery, and to see the final falls you need to remove your shoes. I would probably recommend Tevas or similar sandals and raingear since we got absolutely soaked in a downpour which seems to be every afternoon this time of year. We walked the road to the cable car from Mindo and that was somewhere around 7km up to take the $5 basket across to the trail. We did not to the Reina waterfall.

hiking
8 months ago

Well actually I didn’t get the tracker started so the red line shows us going back on the terabita and taxi. The actual trail is well built and has steep spots. The Cascades are very beautiful, as well as the cloud forest scenery. We saw the larger Nambillo Cascades and three of the smaller cascades going the other direction. Note that we went on a Sunday and it was very busy. Also if the water is higher, as it was today, some areas would require going in the water to see the full view. Many people come and swim, although that should be done with caution. You can get to the terabita cable car either by the road via a long walk/taxi or chair lift from closer to Mindo. The only access to the area is via terabita, but we found out that one can hike back up from Nambillo Cascades to avoid the line for return terabita.

hiking
9 months ago

Moderate hike to start on the trails in Ecuador. Good conditions in the trail and well maintained. I recommend going counter-clockwise.

on Quilotoa Loop

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sadly could not complete this trail as it was unbelievably windy and turned back, but stunning scenery and Lake, will be back, be prepared for wind chill factor of note.

on Laguna Cuichoa

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Great 4 - 5 hr easy hike, beautiful surrounds with snow capped Cotocachi Volcano, and Cayambe Volcano in the distance. Absolutely beautiful, trail is marked whole way and offers benches to rest after the few steep climbs, perfect!

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

Very beautiful. It often rains in the mid-afternoon during rainy-season, so try to plan starting your hike in the morning. Locals say hike takes 4-5hrs.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ever changing lake views with a profusion of unique native flora and fauna. Well maintained trail. We hired a guide to explain the various uses of the medicinal plants.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Excellent trail with some steep slopes.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ModerAte to hard. It gets to 3900 meters high about 12700. Steep ups and difficult ascents but doable. Beautiful views of the crater. It’s hard to believe but they are farming to this altitude.

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16 days ago

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