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Esteban Tinoco reviewed Cerro San Luis Loop
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Tim Wagner reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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If clouds roll into, which is common, the upper section is easy to go higher than the main trail. Keep low to the markers and you will find a much easier route up the rocks.

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Santiago Guachamin reviewed Las Cruces Trail
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Jordy Herrera reviewed Carcelén - Alameda
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santiago armijos reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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hermoso grandioso me encantó maravilloso día

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José Pérez Lascano reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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Jason Argall reviewed Quilotoa Loop
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Absolutely stunning. One of the most beautiful hikes on a sunny day.

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Jason Argall reviewed Cotopaxi Trek
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Didn’t summit as I was alone and it got windy but great views and experience.

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Intiluz I reviewed Quilotoa Loop
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Hermoso sendero, alucinante! Se puede bajar a la Laguna y acampar o volver a subir. El clima cuando está nublado puede ser confuso en el sendero, nos confundimos y terminamos en un sendero de animales que nos llevo a la Laguna abajo en vez de caminar alrededor.

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Jason Argall reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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Amazing views all the way. One of the best hikes near a city.

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Veronika Brandhuber reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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This is a great trail very close to Quito. You access it going up with the Teleférico (cable car) which right now operates starting at 10am during the week, 9am on weekends, which is late for this hike if you want to go up all the way to the top. Clouds, fog and rain can hit you very quickly. We got hailed and rained on yesterday. And I still enjoyed it very much. Being able to be out in nature is just awesome.

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Parque infantil

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Luka Couvreur reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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FeeScramble

tres joli paysage a couper le soufle, mais la randonné reste assez dificile. Sa vaut le coup!!!

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Lisa Daugherty reviewed Tortuga Bay Footway
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The trail is paved. It’s a decent walk, so o would recommend not wearing flip flops. Shade is limited and it gets hot! There is a gazebo along the trail to take a break and there are facilities at the entrance to the trail. The trail ends at the beach where you can turn right and walk down to a where the marine iguanas hang out, if you go a little further there is a bay where you can take a swim. If you are lucky you may also see a blue footed booby on the rocks along the side of the bay. This trail can get busy and hot so I recommend going first thing in the morning.

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Jason Jackson reviewed Tortuga Bay Footway
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the walk to the beach was hot, we went mid day. the best time to go would be as soon as the park opens the trail in the morning. the beach is beautiful, there are nice waves to go surfing. and there is a lagoon that you can go swimming in. you get to see Marine iguanas swimming and relaxing on the beach.

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Jason Jackson reviewed North Seymour Island
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you see alot of frigate birds and some sea lions. there were blue footed boobies and land iguanas as well. we went in the middle of the day, the sun was hot

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Zack Thomas reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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The first half (distance wise) is a steady reasonable incline. You can appreciate the altitude during this first portion, although not too debilitating. The second half (time wise) is about the final 1/4 distance of the trail. This involves a scramble on loose sand/rocks primarily. There are side trails with more solid footing. I chose to get dirty and use my hands. The altitude for the portion of the climb is debilitating. Take your time and progress in spurts!

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Daniel Holdway reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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Mike Haschel reviewed Quilotoa Loop
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ELEVATION DISCLAIMER! Living at Sea level and going straight from the airport to quilotoa was not advisable. We did this because of time constraints and paid a bit. Severe headache night before. May want to follow acclimation guidelines to fully enjoy! Other than that, the hiking was amazing. To have a really simple trip, contact Lincoln, a guide, that will remove all the language barrier and transit problems! Here's his number: 011 593 98 704 3277

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Beth Peyer reviewed The Izhcayluma Loop
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We chose this trail because it was rated "Easy" on AllTrails, knowing that it may be harder than that because it IS in the Andes Mountains. The first half of our hike, to the east of the highway, was indeed "Easy". HOWEVER, the second half (to the west of the highway) was extremely difficult, to the point where we felt at risk much of the time. There were severe drop-offs on both sides of the ridge along the top of the mountain; we had to crawl under at least 7 barb wired fences (there were no gates - we had to lift up the fences and crawl); the area had been burned, so if we had fallen down the side of the mountain there was nothing to grab on to; the bull that was grazing right next to the path told us in no uncertain terms to keep moving. We are avid hikers and are used to some adversity, but this was truly horrible. At one point we were concerned that we would not make it out before dark. The reported 5.9 miles took us 6 1/2 hours to complete. The ONLY saving grace on this hike was the fact that it was very well marked - someone had done a fine job of marking the rocks along the way.

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Mark Hamel reviewed Isla de la Plata
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Boat cost $41 from Puerto Lopez ( 1 hour) Then is about 1 km up a trail, then 120 shitty stairs. This is where the trail splits. Left is harder. Up another trail about 2 km. Very hot and dry there. Lots of Blue footed boobies and frigates. Bring lots of water. Not an easy trail if your not in 1/2 decent shape .

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Carol Smith reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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My companion doesn’t care for any hand-and-foot scrambling, so we turned back after encountering the second one. Still a fun outing - great views all the way, Crowded on a weekend, but super friendly vibe. Trail is wide and washed out in steeper sections from all the foot traffic. Go, enjoy, go as far as you like and call it good. Go early to avoid pm clouds.

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edison rivera reviewed Rucu Pichincha
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Esta ruta es perfecta para turismo montañero y para hacer entrenamientos de trail muy recomendado, si los hacen por la ruta de la muerte, pasar con un guía de montaña, no se atrevan hacer solos a menos que tengan experiencia, el sendero hasta la cumbre está totalmente marcada y señalizada, totalmente segura.

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We hiked Reina, Nambillo, and the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was by far the best. Nambillo has been turned into a rundown tourist attraction.

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Andrew Gehring reviewed Quilotoa Loop
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The view didn't change much around the caldera, but the hike is definitely worth it, and strenuous---more hard than moderate. We went clockwise, which helped with the weather (clouds moved in over the rim after we passed), but it left a lot of the difficult uphill portions for the end.

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Grayson Lilly reviewed Cerro San Luis Loop
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Stunning scenery! Took us 4.5 hours to complete going clockwise (as shown on AllTrails), although passed others going opposite direction. Could have hiked it faster, but took many breaks for photos and admiration of the landscape. Would definitely rate this as hard hike. Had to climb several steep sections on the ascent and going down can be tricky as well, as is very muddy. Recommend sun block (no shade) and take your time. Look carefully for signs and markings. Some portions of trail not indicated well. Hitting the summit was worth the effort. Surreal hike along the ridge of the mountain. Beauty here is ineffable.

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