The diverse topography of Ecuador within a small territory makes the country an ideal setting for outdoor activities: mountain climbing, trekking, rafting, biking, horseback riding, paragliding, diving-among others. Besides the fact that Ecuador has a mosaic of terrains: snow-capped volcanoes in the Andes, cloud forest in the slopes of the mountains, rainforests at the “Oriente”, beaches and tropical forests in the Coast… the climate in all of these environments is favorable for almost year-round excursions.
Trekking is one of the most popular adventure activities and there are several places in the Andes and tropical forests to explore. In several trails one feels as the discoverer of pristine and remote lands. Some of these terrains are also available for horseback and mountain bikes. Several national parks within the highland region of Ecuador are especially popular with trekkers because of the ease of accessibility, established trail systems and marvelous scenery. Such is the case of Nono, Cotopaxi, Cajas and PodocarpusNational Parks in the Andes.