Explore Ecuador's green side

biodiversity – national parks
Explore Ecuador's green side

Put your hiking boots on and discover the wonders of the Cotopaxi and Yasuni national parks, during a trek from volcanic to Amazonian landscapes.

Its unique biodiversity led Ecuador to protect 44 zones of the country, approximately 20% of the territory. About 80 kilometres south of Quito, the national park surrounding the Cotopaxi volcano welcomes budding adventurers and seasoned hikers alike, for treks of one to several days. It is via a steep yet easily accessible trail – no matter the age – that you will arrive at the José Rivas shelter. However, it will be necessary to acclimate to the high altitude before the journey, as it will end at 4,864 metres above the sea level! Athletes will have the opportunity to climb down on a mountain bike or a horse at the foot of the volcano.
Less elevated and only 250 kilometres away from the capital, the Yasuni National Park is part of the 19 megadiversity areas that exist in the world. During a multi-day immersive trek, hikers will discover the many splendours of the Amazon. Surrounded with turtles, armadillos and toucans, you may even catch sight of a sleeping jaguar in the distance, or a pink dolphin from the banks of the Napo River. Guaranteed change of scenery!