Parque Nacional Cotopaxi
The flawless cone of Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, is an enticing prospect for climbers and dominates the country’s favourite highland park.
A grand tour of the sierra’s most beguiling rural landscapes, passing vertiginous patchwork fields, windswept páramo, isolated indigenous communities and the Quilotoa crater lake.
The ultimate spa resort town blessed with a warm, sunny climate, delightful hotels and restaurants and plenty to do in the surrounding lush hills and valleys – not to mention the rejuvenating powers of its fabulous hot springs.
High in the bucolic hills above Guaranda, this small indigenous village is the very model of coordinated community life, with every soul employed in its many cooperatives, producing everything from cheese to chocolate.
Nariz del Diablo
Ecuador’s definitive train journey, a breathtaking switchback descent of an 800-metre rock face, is justly proclaimed “the most difficult railway in the world”.
To reach just the second refuge of the highest mountain in the world – when measured from the centre of the Earth – will leave you gasping for air and choking with pride.