The Ecuadorian Andes is crisscrossed with trails, both ancient and modern. The unique conditions of the high paramo and the lack of well-signed trails require local know-how, especially on days when fog and cloud complicate navigation on the trail. These companies offer different levels of hiking in and around Quito, from a two hour trip to several days of adventure, from the boggy, high-altitude grasslands of Cayambe National Park to the twin peaks of Las Ilinizas.
Rebecca Adventure Travel
Topping the Trip Advisor list of best-rated hiking operators out of Quito, Rebecca Adventure Travel plans trips to iconic destinations throughout Ecuador. Owner Rebecca Braak searches for authentic experiences with family-owned businesses. Popular day trips out of Quito include hiking Laguna Quilotoa and combined hiking-biking trips at Cotopaxi National Park.
Enjoying Ecuador Travel
Winner of the Unique Tour Operator of the Year Award in the 2017 Luxury Travel Guide, Enjoying Ecuador Travel is based in Quito but offers customized tours throughout the country. Browse their list of established day trips or contact them for a specialized itinerary.
Andean Face offers trekking expeditions for the easy-going, with four hours of hiking per day, and the more adventurous with four to six hours of hiking per day with more strenuous elevation gains. They are one of the few companies that combine hiking tours with overnight stays in Ecuadorian haciendas.
Andes Trek Expeditions
Andes Trek Expeditions specializes in high mountain climbing, while also offering multiple hiking trips around Quito. Whether you’re looking for a high altitude paramo trek in the Cotopaxi National Park or a muddy trail through the West Slope cloud forests of Tandayapa, the team at Andes Trek Expeditions can plan the perfect day.
Owned by Karl Egloff, Cumbre Tours is a Swiss-owned company operating out of Quito, Ecuador. They have years of experience summiting the high peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes. They also offer hiking trips for the slightly less adventurous. Follow Cumbre Tours on Facebook.
Greentrek Day Tours
If you prefer experiential learning while traveling, then Greentrek Day Tours is a great fit! With many pre-established itineraries, Greentrek also offers tailor-made tours, combining hiking, camping and other outdoor activities to create your dream vacation.
Cotopaxi Travel lists some off-the beaten-path hiking tours that other companies shy away from. While they offer standard favorites like the Quilatoa Lagoon and Cotopaxi National Park, they also visit Iliniza Norte, el Altar in the Sangay National Park, and back country trails near Isinlivi and Chugchilan.