Later this year, we hope to visit Ecuador for the first time. We’ll be travelling from Peru to Colombia, but want to spend a month or two exploring on the way. While trawling through flickr for inspiration, I came across these seven photos which just make me want to get there sooner.

If you have any advice for travel in Ecuador, please leave it in the comments. If you have any questions about your trip to Ecuador, start a thread in the South America travel forum.

Ecuador photo - Catedral de la inmaculada concepcion, Cuenca
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, Cuenca
Ecuador photo - inside Quito Cathedral
Interior of Quito Cathedral
Ecuador photo - fire eater doing his thing
A fire eater doing his hot thing on a dark night
Ecuador photo - Quilotoa volcano summit
Crater lake at the summit of Mt Quilotoa
Ecuador photo - llamas and their owner
Two llamas and their owner wait at a street corner
Ecuador photo - Street art of monster eating human
Street art: a stencil monster meets its prey
Ecuador photo - the black cliff
Stunning view of the cliff face on a mountain hike

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  • Nice pics, brought back a few great memories! The crater lake is actually Quilotoa not Cotopaxi. I've peered down into both. ;-)

    on May 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm Reply
    • Thanks Mark - the caption is now corrected. That's the problem with looking for inspiration, rather than doing our normal trick of going ourselves! :P If you've got a sec, what was your experience of climbing the two mountains? Do they offer different things or are they quite similar?

      on May 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Very different. I wouldn't describe Quilotoa as a mountain, and it certainly doesn't involve climbing. It's a collapsed crater lake in the Ecuadorian Highlands of similar height to the surrounding landscape. There is actually a car park a few metres from where this photo was taken. Cotopaxi on the other hand is a much more serious proposition involving ice axe, crampons and rope work. It is however straightforward for an experienced climber, and can be climbed in a day from a mountain hut at 4600m. If interested I have more pics of both on my website. Quilotoa http://www.markhorrell.com/travel/ecuador/volcanoes/ind_quilotoa.html Cotopaxi http://www.markhorrell.com/travel/ecuador/volcanoes/ind_cotopaxi.html

    on May 19, 2011 at 1:10 am Reply
  • You guys would love walking the Quilotoa loop. There's not much info around, but its easy to get a bus from Latacunga to Isinlivi and stay at Llullu Llama, walk to Chugchilan where there are a few places to stay, then next day walk to Quilotoa- for me a very tough walk nearly uphill the whole way at altitude, but the reward of the views of the crater are worth it. Lots of people walk the other way which would definitely be easier, but I don't think it would be as satisfying

    on May 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Oh, and in Quito you have to mountain bike down Cotopaxi with the Biking Dutchman- best organised activity we did in the whole of South America.

    on May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Mark, Tahlei - Thanks so much for your comments and ides. The Quilotoa is almost a certainty if we head that way. Cotopaxi, although it looks beautiful, might be beyond us. I (Craig) have done a little climbing a long time ago, Linda almost none.

    on May 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Great photos. Thanks for sharing. I'm heading to Ecuador in October and this provides great inspiration. I'm now even more excited to get there!

    on May 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm Reply
  • You can get a taste of the Cotopaxi experience by driving up to the car park at 4600m and a short walk up to the climbers' hut where you can get food. There are also some nice walks through the paramo grasslands on Ruminahui, the adjacent volcano to Cotopaxi. A full day walk would involve going to the central summit, which is an easy scramble. Can also recommend staying a night at Tambopaxi, a pleasant lodge nestling beneath Cotopaxi with great views.

    on May 21, 2011 at 2:13 am Reply
  • Beautiful pictures! Quilotoa is one of my favorite places in the world. I'm Argentinian and visited Ecuador in 2008 and loved it. I think the art of Guayasamin (indigenous artist from Ecuador) is truly inspiring as well and says a lot about his country.

    on May 23, 2011 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Hey, You really have good photos from Ecuador. I took photos also when I joined a summit to Mt. Cotopaxi last year. Here are some of my captures: http://lennycliffbanger.com/blog/2014/11/climbing-mount-cotopaxi Leo

    on June 1, 2015 at 1:41 am Reply
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