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Northern Andes

Folklore Between the Paramo and the Snow

The Ecuadorian Andes are known worldwide for their impressive mountains, volcanoes, and snow-capped peaks, some of the most famous of which are Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. The ten Andean provinces are also home to cities and towns of historical interest and importance such as Quito and Cuenca and artisan centers such as Otavalo. The area is also home to several national parks with an abundant variety of flora and fauna. Because of the diverse geography of the area, the Andes consists of a variety of landscapes, each one with a unique microclimate. Moreover, the area is a place visited by almost all visitors who come to Ecuador as Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the nation’s most frequented entry point.

Provinces of the Northern Andes
Click here or on the Map to get an overview of the provinces of the northern Ecuadorian Andes or click on a specific province to go directly to that province's destination guide.
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Hosteria Jatuncocha

Only one and a half hours away from Quito, and situated at the shores of San Pablo Lake, is "Hostería Jatuncocha". Close to the beautiful town of Otavalo, a popular tourist destination, and home of native indian groups who still maintain old traditions.


  • Trekking
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Tour by boat by the lake or just relax


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