Lose yourself in the Andes for a few days and get in touch with the heart and soul of the country.
The essence of Ecuador
If you're in Quito for long enough, it would be a crime to leave the city without visiting the Andes. This mountain range that surrounds the region represents yet another journey to the heart of Ecuador and the South American continent. In fact, despite the clear aspects in common with life in the capital, the people of Cotopaxí and the surrounding area will show you a different side to the country. The altitude and complicated geography of this province have limited communications over such a long period that these communities have developed in a very different way to the capital city. As such, we thoroughly recommend finding out about the numerous excursions on offer to explore this magical area, with various routes and durations available. Staying for a few nights is the best way to really get a feel for the way of life here and to get in touch with the spirit of the Andes which, as you'll see, is quite unlike any other place in the country.