Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands - Northern Highlands (Chapter)
This is the Northern Highlands chapter from Lonely Planet’s Ecuador & Galapagos Islands guidebook.
This is Ecuador’s beating heart and a cradle of Andean culture: artisans produce their wares using methods unaltered for generations, and visitors find some of the country’s best deals here, on everything from leather goods to traditional carpets. Wherever you go, off-the-beaten path adventures, sustainable community tourism initiatives and volunteering opportunities are close by.
- take in the views hiking around Lagunas de Mojanda outside Otavalo
- get out into the wilderness on a trek from the highlands around Oyacachi to the Oriente
- tick off bird species wandering through the cloud forests around Mindo
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Cayambe, Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca, Oyacachi, Otavalo & around, Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, Ibarra, La Esperanza, Intag Valley, Reserva Biológica Los Cedros, Northern Carchi, Reserva Biológica Guandera, El Ángel, Río Mira Valley, Tulcán, Western Andean Slopes, Mindo, Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, Reserva Biológica Maquipucuna, Bosque Nublado Santa Lucía, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Tandayapa, and Reserva Yunguilla.
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