Trekking in Ecuador: A Traveler's Guide

Paperback | May 13, 2002

byRob Kunstaetter, Daisy Kunstaetter

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The definitive travel guide to exploring the unique diversity and splendor of EcuadorEcuador is one of the leading Latin American destinationsDetails 30 amazing trekking adventures for all levels of hikersIncludes the history of Ecuador, its people, geography, where to stay and moreTrekking in Ecuador is The Mountaineers Books newest addition to our international trekking series. (Other books include Trekking in Bolivia, Trekking In Nepal, Trekking in Russia and Central Asia, Trekking in Tibet and Trekking Peaks of Nepal.)Ecuador, appropriately named, literally means "equator, " the invisible line that divides the Earth horizontally in two hemispheres (North and South). As one of South America's smallest countries, what it may lack in size, it makes up for with an incredible variety of trekking destinations (and other outdoor activities such as climbing and paddling), birds and wildlife. 30 trekking destinations from the coastal plains to the central highlands and eastern jungle offer something for everyone.

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The definitive travel guide to exploring the unique diversity and splendor of EcuadorEcuador is one of the leading Latin American destinationsDetails 30 amazing trekking adventures for all levels of hikersIncludes the history of Ecuador, its people, geography, where to stay and moreTrekking in Ecuador is The Mountaineers Books newest a...

He hailed from Canada and Ecuador respectively. Having lived and travelled throughout Latin America since 1983, they currently have a home in Ba?os in Ecuador where they edit the Latin America Travel Advisor. Daisy hailed from Canada and Ecuador respectively. Having lived and travelled throughout Latin America since 1983, they currentl...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.32 × 5.38 × 0.75 inPublished:May 13, 2002Publisher:The Mountaineers BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0898868246

ISBN - 13:9780898868241

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Trekking is our passion. Between 2000 and 2002 we explored 30 new trekking routes to write Trekking in Ecuador, the most up-to-date hiking guide for this country. It remains an unforgettable experience and taught us that, however well we might know Ecuador, there would always be more to discover here.We are graduates of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), in Wyoming, USA. We live in Ecuador and know the country intimately, its places, people, strengths and weaknesses. In addition to our personal knowledge, we have developed an extensive network of contacts throughout Ecuador and its travel community. We can therefore constantly keep our fingers on the pulse of local developments. Trekking in Ecuador is regularly updated on-line.Ecuador's special appeal to trekkers, day-trippers, and nature lovers can be summed up in one word: accessibility. The country's unique combination of small size, exceptional geographic and biological diversity, and good transportation infrastructure places an outstanding variety of splendid natural experiences within easy reach of the adventurous visitor. Ecuador boasts more than forty-five protected natural areas, including national parks and private reserves, almost all of which offer trekking and day-hiking possibilities.Many longer treks span several natural regions, from the highlands down toward the Amazon jungle or coastal plain. Ecuador receives many visitors (approximately 500,000 a year), but as yet relatively few people come specifically to trek. Unlike well-known trekking venues such as Nepal, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, trails in Ecuador are never crowded and offer virtually unlimited scope for exploration. Trekking in Ecuador is easily combined with a visit to the country's more traditional destinations: the Galápagos Islands, colourful indigenous markets, Amazon jungle lodges or Pacific coast beaches.