When we look at an Ecuador map, we see that it is a very small country, but what would happen if I told you that it is one of the largest countries in America. Ecuador is known as the country of the 4 worlds, considered a tourist paradise worldwide. Ecuador is the only country where you can enjoy 4 totally different regions, each with its own climate, attractions, and unique cuisine. The beaches of the Coast, the cold and mountains of the Andes, the forests and fauna of the Amazon, and of course the famous Galapagos Islands is what you can observe if you travel first to Ecuador.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the mountain season in Ecuador, and there were some messages asking about, the places where you can camp, therefore it occurred to me to talk to you today of 5 magical places where you can make camp.
The Quilotoa Lagoon is one of the 15 most beautiful lagoons of volcanic origin in the world. This tourist place is located in the Zumbahua parish, of the Pujilí canton, in the province of Cotopaxi, Ecuador.
The Quilotoa is a western volcano of the Andes, inside its crater a caldera with a diameter of approximately 9 km has been formed, due to the collapse of the volcano, which occurred 800 years ago, where the volcanic flow reached the Pacific Ocean.
The activities you can do in this turquoise volcanic lagoon are several such as: Visit the Shalalá Viewpoint, Hiking, Kayak, Camping, Horseback Riding. Undoubtedly the most striking is the camping. Spending a night near the Quilotoa lagoon is something magical, you can see the gigantic moon, appreciate the stars and listen to the relaxing music provided by nature.
Cajas National Park
It is located 33 km from the city of Cuenca. In this park there are more than 232 lagoons, among them Lagartococha, Quinoascocha, La Toreadora and Sunincocha. It is a good place to do ecotourism because we are surrounded 100% of nature.
In this park you can perform different activities, from horseback riding, hiking, camping, hiking and fishing. We also find a variety of flora and fauna, including species such as white-tailed deer, spectacled bears, cougars, páramo rabbits, condors, hummingbirds and Andean toucans.
You can visit it throughout the year, but it is recommended between October and January because this is the least rainy season. This park allows for long walks, everything is a display of Andean nature, the panorama is wonderful, do not miss it!
The Altar Volcano
The Altar is an extinct volcano, whose caldera, collapsed in several horseshoe-shaped peaks, opens onto the Collanes Valley; in its crater is Laguna Amarilla, sheltered by a spectacular frozen mantle of hanging glaciers. It is located in the province of Chimborazo, on the eastern cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is located within the Sangay National Park. This place is ideal for climbing, feel one with nature, meditate, you can also observe animals such as the spectacled bears, Andean condor, pumas, deer and deer. And at night you can observe the constellations.
Mangahurco is a forest that is located in Loja, one of the 4 worlds of southern Ecuador. It has a spring weather, is famous for its flora, you can visit the place during the months of January and February, to enjoy the flowering of the guayacanes. This event happens only once a year, wearing more than 40 thousand hectares of forest. This forest is very quiet and you can also do various activities besides camping, such as hiking, bike rides, horseback riding or participate in the planting of new trees.
The Recreation Area El Boliche
It is located next to the Cotopaxi National Park, in the parish of Mulalo, 27 km from Machachi and 44 km from Latacunga. Its climate is cold high Andean, the temperature fluctuates from 0 to 16 degrees Celsius. The sites of interest in El Boliche are its viewpoints: Planha de Mishahuaico is a viewpoint of the entire environment. The area "El Boliche" is bathed by the rivers Cutuchi and Daule, streams and other minor currents that allow the development of plant and animal life, making possible the normal development of man. The Sunfana: there is a viewpoint from which you can see the Cotopaxi volcano. Camp area, lodging service, trails, and an administrative center are available to the tourist. In addition you can also practice hiking and sport fishing.