The 11 Most Beautiful Towns in the Ecuadorian Andes

Cathedral in Saraguro, Ecuador | © Angie Drake / Flickr
Cathedral in Saraguro, Ecuador | © Angie Drake / Flickr
Photo of Angela Drake
Founder, Not Your Average American20 September 2017

The Andes run the spine of mainland Ecuador from north to south. They are home to beautiful towns where historic Spanish colonial buildings, indigenous cultures, and modern architecture showcase the uniqueness of each community. These 11 are must-visit destinations.

Tulcán

Due to its proximity to the Colombian border, few international tourists make it this far north in Ecuador. Tulcán is famous for its cemetery full of intricately pruned yew trees, many in the shapes of archways, animals, and people.

Tulcán, Carchi, Ecuador

Sigchos

The road leading to the tiny town of Sigchos passes some of the most attractive countryside in all of Ecuador. The town itself is simple, with an appealing central plaza and charming church. The highlight landmark is a statue of the Archangel Michael brandishing his sword high overhead; it stands on a hillside, which is an excellent picnic spot, above the town.

Sigchos, Cotopaxi, Ecuador