Starting in Ecuador in the north and running through Peru, Bolivia and Chile to the south, the Andes are an area that evokes superlatives, the longest mountain chain in the world, including some of the planets highest mountain peaks,
Ecuador’s stretch of the Andes provides a taste of some of the highlights of this remarkable region. From Ecuador’s capital Quito, nestled high in the mountains, with beautiful colonial architecture, rich in history with spectacular scenery. Two hours drive from Quito on the mountain slopes as they run down towards the Pacific Coast are areas of pristine tropical forest, known as cloud forest, which contains some of the best and easiest birding in the world. There are magnificent hacienda’s like Zuleta, named by National Geographic as one of the top hotels in the world, colourful indigenous markets, fascinating wildlife, thrilling train journeys and spectacular scenery.