Best trails in Ecuador

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Ready to check out the best trails in Ecuador? AllTrails has 51 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 25 moderate trails in Ecuador ranging from 1.8 to 16 miles and from 22 to 15,515 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Ecuador
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#1 - Laguna Cuichoa
Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi-Cayapas
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
Laguna Cuichoa is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Otavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and traiShow more
#2 - Cotopaxi Trek
Cotopaxi National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
Short but high-altitude hike from parking lot to Cotopaxi 'Base Camp', information can be found here: https://www.summitpost.org/cotopaxi-refuge/570813Show more
#3 - Quilotoa Loop
Illinizas Ecological Reserve
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Quilotoa Loop is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sigchos, Cotopaxi, Ecuador that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and isShow more
#4 - Rucu Pichincha
Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Rucu Pichincha is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#5 - Illiniza Norte
Illinizas Ecological Reserve
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 5 h 36 m
Illiniza Norte is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mejia, Cotopaxi, Ecuador that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primariShow more
#6 - Quilotoa Lake from Chugchilán
Sigchos, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 9 h 9 m
Quilotoa Lake from Chugchilán is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sigchos, Cotopaxi, Ecuador that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number Show more
#7 - Sierra Negra Volcano Trail
Galapagos National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
This hike is only accessible with a guide. The Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, with a six mile diameter. It last erupted in 2005.Show more
#8 - Ladrillos, Padre Encantado y Guagua Pichincha
Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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Length: 16 mi • Est. Multi-day
Ladrillos, Padre Encantado y Guagua Pichincha is a 16 mile out and back trail located near Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primariShow more
#9 - Cerro Rumiñahui
Cotopaxi National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
Cerro Rumiñahui is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mejia, Cotopaxi, Ecuador that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and Show more
#10 - Imbabura Summit
Ibarra, Imbabura, Ecuador
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
This trail is fairly steep, with an elevation gain of 4,799 feet in just under three miles. Along the way there are beautiful and strange wildflowers and amazing lava rock formations. Imbabura is one Show more
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