cool photos

tour to El Angel

El Angel Ecological Reserve

The El Ángel Ecological Reserve is one of the most unique natural areas of Ecuador. It is located all the way up north of the country, close to the Colombian border. The reserve is well known for is mysterious landscapes with frailejones and Polylepis paper trees. In the area live deers, wolves, reptiles and even condors. Despite the extraordinary features of this place, the reserve is considered an unspoilt gem as still not many visitors know of its existence. In this excursion you will visit the frailejones forest for a hike in this special scenery. The frailejones can grow up to 7 meters high and take up over 11 hectares. During the drive up here you will enjoy the scenic views of valleys against mountainous backdrops.

Cuicocha Horseback Riding

Otavalo is surrounded by beautiful nature. Experiencing this area by riding horses will allow you to explore the Andean landscape closely. In this day excursion from Otavalo you will visit the stunning Cuicocha lake, pass by surrounding indigenous communities and pay a visit to Ecuador’s best known leather town Cotacachi.

Mitad del Mundo – Equator Museum

Although the equator runs through hundreds of places, Ecuador takes particular pride in its unique geographical location. Both the country’s and its capital city are named after the equatorial line. Less than an hour away from Quito, the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemispheres meet at Mitad del Mundo (“Middle of the World”). In this half day tour you will visit this interesting place and learn why it has been an important site for many cultures.

Mitad del Mundo – Equator Monument

The Middle of the World Monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) commemorates the site where 18th-century French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine once calculated the globe's equatorial line to be. It is located 26 km north of Quito. Make a day trip from Quito to this tourist mecca to snap a share-worthy photo straddling the equator line where the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemispheres meet.