Off the beaten track

To keep in mind

As we are dealing with destinies that lack infrastructure in most cases the traveler should be equipped with drinking water and canned food. Flashlights and other camping equipment are necessary. It can not be recommended to take pets or artifacts which would destroy the harmony.

Guided tours

Because of the condition that some places in the country are little explored or rather unvisited you definitely should go accompanied by a professional. The communities in the region use to provide that kind of service. In case of practicing extreme sports it is of vital importance to have a guide.

Contact with nature

The intention is to realize an ecologically sustainable type of tourism. This could be put into practice by living together with the indigenous people, by camping in a national park or just enjoying the adrenaline caused by extreme sports. All these are made for nature lovers.

About easy access

Most roads are accessible by own vehicle or by public buses. Only a few places demand other ways of access like by rivers or by air, in any case those are just as easy to access as by land. Most roads with a few exceptions are in constitution to enable a normal way of traveling.

Counting sheep

Who is looking for a very comfortable bed and five star services should not travel to these countries. One thing to be considered before traveling is that in a lot of places you won’t find formal accommodation: the community hostels or pensions are the most common option, or in a place that lacks accommodation you can still put up your tent.

Esmeraldas

La Ceiba

At 85 km of San Lorenzo. You can live together with a Chachi Community, sweet water beaches.

Semana Santa (holy week) in Borbón:

In the district of Eloy Alfaro. Boat rides to a community nearby and celebration of the holy week.

Manabí

Nature Reserve Mache Chindul:

In the district of Pedernales. Humid tropical forest, habitat of various birds and you can also find waterfalls there.
Chirije:
At 25 minutes of the bay of Caraquez. White sand beaches and archeological sites which display funerary urns.

El Oro

Laguna encantada (enchanted lagoon) Chillacocha:

At 96 km of Machalla. The lagoon has a diameter of 1 kilometer and concentrates the attention of witches and shamans.

Imbabura

Pass through Imbabura:

A distance of 18 km between San Pablo del Lago and Ibarra. Handicrafts as for example embroidery and furniture are displayed.

Cotopaxi

Descend to the lagoon Quilotoa:

From Latacunga it is one hour and a half to reach Quilotoa. Beautiful lagoon with white beaches and wild horses.

Chimborazo

Altar:

At 40 km of Riobamba going via Penipe- Candelaria to Releche. Enjoy paramo vegetation and typical fauna of the Andes. Bright green crater lagoon.

Monte Soroche:

At 7 hours of Alausí. 45 lagoons, observation of the abundant fauna: deer, bears and wolves.

Cañar

Paredones:

At 18 km of the district Cañar. Part of the archeological complex of Ingapirca that is little explored.

Loja

La Laguna del Compadre:

The refuge of Cajanuma is at 15 minutes of Loja. To access the lagoons you have to walk for 8 hours.

Sucumbios

Lagunas del Cuyabeno:

At 85 km of the oil exploiting town Nueva Loja also named Lago Agrio. Beautiful flora and fauna in the dense rainforest. Explore the region by canoe and spot pink river dolphins, parrots, anacondas and alligators.

Napo

Minas de cuarzo (quartz mines) Misahuallí:

Visit the waterfall Umbuni and visit the abandoned mine.

Orellana

Cavernas (caverns) of Tuxi:

At 78 km of Coca, in Huaticocha. Take a plane or a bus from Quito. Kayaking and rafting.

Zamora Chinchipe

Cueva (cave) de los Tayos:

In Alto Nangaritza. Canyons and tunnels within the navigable part. Tropical rainforest and fossils.