Ecuador is a megadiverse country, a place where you can find everything, mountains, snow capped peaks, rivers, forests, jungle, beaches and more. Every corner of the country is a jewel to be discovered and there is no better way to do it than to experience an adventure. So if you are looking for what to do in Ecuador, don’t worry. Here is a list of the top 5 outdoor adventure activities in Ecuador.
1. Trekking in the most stunning places
Ecuador has a lot of amazing places for trekking and the Andes region is an excellent starting point. You will surely be impressed with the unparalleled landscapes, the diverse flora and fauna, while trekking on trails which are sometimes easy, sometimes short, other times long and with a certain degree of difficulty. But for sure it will be worth it!
Here are some of the places to do trekking activity:
Quilotoa crater lake
Cotopaxi National Park
Road of waterfalls in Baños
2. Mountain climbing in the breathtaking volcanoes
Ecuador holds a natural jewel, the so-called » Avenue of Volcanoes». Due to this, the country is considered one of the best places for mountain climbing. It is a destination for all types of climbers from beginners to experts.
The best mountains for beginners are: Iliniza Norte, Imbabura or Pichincha. These elevations are relatively small so visitors will be able to get conditioned for the higher elevations. The volcanoes Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Antisana are the first in the list of the highest volcanoes in Ecuador.
It is recommended that for this outdoor activity you always go with a guide, whether you are an expert or not.
3. Biking and enjoying the dazzling landscapes
Biking is one of the best outdoor adventure activities you can do in Ecuador. Adventurers can choose their routes through the breathtaking places of the country’s regions. You can cycle the trails of the Andes or in the beautiful volcanic islands in Galapagos. No matter which one you choose, you will enjoy an unparalleled adventure, knowing the wonders of nature and watching wildlife and flora diversity.
4. Rafting in the exciting rivers of the Ecuador Amazon
Rafting is one of the most exciting adventures you can experience in your life and the Amazon rivers are the perfect place. This activity will always be guided by an expert, who will teach you the techniques to make your trip safe.
There are 3 categories of rivers for rafting. Class II rivers are easy rapids with wide channels and small to medium waves. For example, the Napo and Pano rivers. Class III rivers are moderately difficult rapids with medium to large waves. For example, the Jatunyacu River. And finally, class IV rivers are intense rapids with medium to large waves that can turn the boat. Like the Jondachi River.
5. Snorkeling among a great diversity of marine life
Without a doubt, one of the best activities to observe marine life in all its splendor is snorkeling. The blue waters of the Galapagos Islands give you the opportunity to be part of this experience. You will swim with friendly sea lions, see colorful fish, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and other amazing animals. On the mainland of Ecuador you can snorkel in Los Frailes or in Isla de la Plata, Puerto Cayo beach and Machalilla National Park.
This is an activity that you can do without being an expert, you just have to have all the desire to venture.