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Tourism in Ecuador after the Covid-19 Pandemic

Ecuador, known for its diverse culture, rich history, and breathtaking natural beauty, has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as the world begins to recover and vaccines become more widely available, tourism in Ecuador is starting to pick up again.

One of the biggest draws for tourists in Ecuador is its natural beauty. From the lush Amazon rainforest to the stunning Galapagos Islands, there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery to explore. As travel restrictions ease, more and more visitors are flocking to Ecuador to experience its natural wonders.

Another popular attraction in Ecuador is its rich culture and history. The country is home to a number of indigenous communities, each with their own unique customs and traditions. Visitors can explore ancient ruins and learn about the country’s rich history through its museums and cultural centers.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Ecuador’s tourism industry is beginning to recover. Hotels, restaurants, and tour operators are taking steps to ensure the safety of their guests, and many are offering special deals and discounts to attract visitors.

As the world recovers from the pandemic, Ecuador is an excellent destination for tourists looking for a unique and memorable experience. With its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and friendly people, Ecuador is a must-see destination for anyone looking to explore a new and exciting place.

It’s important to note that travelers should check the current situation, travel restrictions and regulations before planning to travel and make sure they have all necessary documents, including a negative COVID-19 test result.

In conclusion, Ecuador is ready to welcome tourists again, and with its natural beauty, rich culture, and friendly people, it’s a great destination for those looking for an exciting and unique experience. With safety measures in place and discounts and deals available, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to Ecuador and discover all that this amazing country has to offer.

Chimborazo Basecamp

Things to Know Before Climbing Chimborazo

Here at Ecuador Eco Adventure, we specialize in bringing people to some of the wildest places on planet Earth. Ecuador is a hot-bed for other-worldly terrain thanks to its location on the Equator, extreme altitudes, and miles of abandoned coastline. It’s considered one of 17 “megadiverse” countries in the entire world. When visiting a country like Ecuador where sublime natural features beckon from every direction, it is in human nature to heed an internal call to conquer, whether that be a peak, a valley, or anything in between. That’s where we come in. Not only are we here to issue clichés like “it’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be worth it”, we also take pride in creating a fun atmosphere, keeping our customers safe, and guiding visitors to the best experiences possible. Since we are based in Riobamba, we find ourselves favoring our summit tours of Chimborazo, the volcano that looms over our hometown. While anyone can enroll in a climb of Chimborazo, we understand a first attempt (or even a fifth or twentieth) at mountaineering can sometimes be intimidating, and because of that we partnered again with our friends at AllTheRooms to break down some things to know.

Stats About Chimborazo

Approximately a three-and-a-half hour drive from the capital of Quito and four-and-a-half hours north of the popular city of Cuenca stands Chimborazo the tallest point in Ecuador. That bragging point is thanks to its summit that stands 6,263 meters, or 20,548 feet, above sea level. While it may be about 9,000 feet short of Everest, because Chimborazo is located on the bulge of the equator, it is actually the closest place on the planet to the moon and the farthest point from the Earth’s core. It is the 15th tallest volcano in the world, but don’t worry, unlike its popular Ecuadorian counterpart, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo is inactive and will not erupt again. Its first successful summit occurred on January 4, 1880, by an Englishman named Edward Whymper.


While we encourage any able-bodied, fit person to give the climb a try, it is a physically demanding push to the top. Because of that we highly recommend training and acclimatizing. For those who don’t know, acclimatizing is essentially spending significant time exerting physical energy at altitudes before attempting a mountaineering attempt. To do this we recommend doing other hikes in the area that will require significant exertion and/or climbing other mountains that may not be as tall as Chimborazo, but will at least mirror the steep trek up the face of a peak. As for exercise to focus on prior to arriving in Ecuador, strong legs and a sturdy core will do some good but the best thing would be to have the best cardiovascular health and strength possible before the attempt.

Altitude Sickness and Symptoms

Every portion of the volcano will expose climbers to extreme altitude, which will be strenuous on nearly everyone’s body. Altitude sickness is always a threat and needs to be treated seriously. While the sickness can strike anytime our guides are experts at recognizing symptoms and helping those who need it. It is important to remember that all bodies react differently to altitude; some of the most athletic of people will struggle mightily, while others will not experience as much difficulty. It is common, and likely will happen, that while hiking a climber will feel shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, and exhaustion. However, once symptoms like chest pain, debilitating headaches, and coughing-up fluid begin, it may be time to call it a day. Safety is a priority to even the most hardened of climbers, it is important to know your body. Also remember due to weather, ice conditions, and altitude illnesses, fewer than 50% of summit attempts on Chimborazo are successful, there is no shame in admiring the view from not quite the top.

Ecuador Eco Adventures Tours

At Ecuador Eco Adventures we are always ready to guide people on a once in a lifetime trek up Mount Chimborazo. Our Chimborazo climb is meant for everyone wanting to give it a try because unlike many other extreme altitude mountains, Chimborazo requires minimal technical mountaineering skill and it is affordable, when realizing the average cost of an Everest expedition is around $35,000. A climb of this magnitude can be scary and it will be hard but our guides are the best in the business. Our team of indigenous guides are all certified by multiple climbing and governmental agencies to ensure our guests’ safety and enjoyment. For those wanting to be ready for the summit, check out our acclimatizing tour, or for those keen on a different path we offer a horseback tour around Chimborazo. Happy climbing!

Author: Zack Davisson
Zack is a recovering technical recruiter who traded in his suit and tie in Silicon Valley for salsa music and a passion for writing in Medellin, Colombia. When not writing for AllTheRooms you can find Zack with his nose in a book, puttering around nature, or getting ultra-competitive while watching Jeopardy.

Ecuador Eco Adventure in Nat Geo, Mountain Planet, and the Rough Guide to Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

For 12 years, Wlady and Jake have been running Ecuador Eco Adventure, a sustainible ecotourism operator based in Riobamba, the trekking and climbing capital of Ecuador’s Andes mountains.

Currently, Ecuador Eco Adventure is taking the highest number of organized climbing tours to the summit of Chimborazo–Ecuador’s highest mountain–and recently partnered with Mountain Planet the largest guiding and mountaineering community in the world, where some of our tours are featured. We were also recommended again in National Geographic for the Condor Trek in Ecuador in an article earlier this year on January 31st, 2018–a few years after National Geographic Adventure first recommended Ecuador Eco Adventure for the Condor Trek in their 2014 Adventure Bucketlist.

Ecuador Eco Adventure in the Rough Guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:

Here’s the extract about Ecuador Eco Adventure in the newest addition of the Rough Guide:

If you’re considering summiting Chimborazo, bear in mind that it’s a challenging climb that requires acclimatization, a good level of physical fitness, a specialist guide, technical equipment and permits. The ascent takes 7-10 hours, usually starting around 10pm and arriving at the summit in the early morning. The descent takes 3-4 hours. The climb is possible year-round, but the best months are December-January. February-April brings rain and heavy snowfall; by June you can expect high winds, clear sky, and good snow.

Climbers must be accompanied by an accredited, specialized guide and be registered in the Biodiversity Information System (SIB), which was introduced in 2015 to log the identities of all climbers on glaciated mountains. Any reputable agency will take care of this formality. Agencies all over the country offer the Chimborazo climb, but make sure you choose a reputable company, because it can be dangerous.

A recommended agency in Riobamba is Ecuador Eco Adventure (tel. 9/9831-1282,, [email protected]) who offer a 2-day Chimborazo climb for those already acclimatized ($400 1 person, $420 for 2 people), or 4-day tours including acclimatization hikes ($495 for 1 person, $375 for 2).

Carihuairazo (5,020 meters) is usually climbed as practice for scaling its taller neighbor, with a new refuge at 4,600 meters as the base. Ecuador Eco Adventure offer the climb for $375 for 1 person, or $250 for 2 people. Also available is a 5-day Carihuairazo & Chimborazo tour ($860 for 1 person, $675 for 2), plus the following other combinations: El Altar & Chimborazo (5 days, $550 for 1 person, $430 for 2); and Cotopaxi & Chimborazo (5 days, $960 1 person, $750 2 people). Prices include a night in Riobamba the night before departure, all equipment, permits, accommodation and most meals.

Ecuador National Park Permits

May has been a great month for Ecuador Eco Adventure because Trip Advisor awarded us with the 2018 Excellence Certificate due to dozens of reviews for Ecuador climbing expeditions. This month we were also granted permissions to visit Ecuador’s most stunning national parks in the Andes:

Cotopaxi National Park
In this park we can train and acclimatise to the altitude on Volcano Ruminñahui and Sincholahua with our clients who want to Climb Cotopaxi.

Cayambe – Coca National Park
Volcano Cayambe, at 5790 meters tall, is a great beginner mountain for people that want to learn how to climb and adapt, train, and climatize for Ecuador’s highest mountain Chimborazo.

Sangay National Park
This is Ecuador’s biggest national park and was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983 due to its unique wildlife and paramo wetlands. It is also home to the Tungarahua and Sangay volcanoes as well as the most stunning treks in the Andes mountains such as the El Altar Trek and its multicolored lagoons and crater lakes.

Antisana Ecological Reserve
The world famous “Condor Trek in Ecuador” for which Ecuador Eco Adventure was recommended in the National Geographic Adventure Bucketlist is inside this Antisana Ecological Reserve. The beautiful Antisana Volcano is also located here standing at 5700 mts tall.

Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Chimborazo
Riobamba, the trekking and climbing capital of Ecuador, below the Chimborazo volcano, makes our Hostel Riobamba Base Camp the perfect place to start trekking and climbing in Ecuador. This park is not only home to Chimborazo, but his beautiful smaller brother Carihuairazo as well.

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Recommended in the Lonely Planet & National Geographic Adventure

After growing the tour agency for several years, exploring new routes in the mountains and sharing these off-the-beaten track and trails with backpackers from around the world, we were listed in the Lonely Planet’s South America on a Shoestring. Less than a year later, we were recommended in National Geographic Adventure’s Bucket List for the Condor Trek — a world famous hike that takes you from Antisana Reserve in the north of the country towards the Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador’s center.

Its great being recommended by such reputable organization’s such as the Lonely Planet and National Geographic Adventure — but the real reward comes from being able to share Ecuador’s beautiful nature with people from around the world.

Its worth noting: our address has changed since we were listed in the Lonely Planet. We are no longer located on Avenida Borge y Uruguay and instead operate from the Riobamba Guesthouse on the Cuidadela Politécnica a 15 minute walk from Riobamba’s train station and colonial center. Come join us in our guesthouse for a cabezazo – sugarcane alcohol – and a few beers and good music before a trip into the mountains.