Trekking in Ecuador

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The Mountaineers Books, May 1, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 301 pages
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The definitive travel guide to exploring the unique diversity and splendor of EcuadorEcuador is one of the leading Latin American destinationsDetails 30 amazing trekking adventures for all levels of hikersIncludes the history of Ecuador, its people, geography, where to stay and moreTrekking in Ecuador is The Mountaineers Books newest addition to our international trekking series. (Other books include Trekking in Bolivia, Trekking In Nepal, Trekking in Russia and Central Asia, Trekking in Tibet and Trekking Peaks of Nepal.)Ecuador, appropriately named, literally means equator, the invisible line that divides the Earth horizontally in two hemispheres (North and South). As one of South America's smallest countries, what it may lack in size, it makes up for with an incredible variety of trekking destinations (and other outdoor activities such as climbing and paddling), birds and wildlife. 30 trekking destinations from the coastal plains to the central highlands and eastern jungle offer something for everyone.
 

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Contents

WHY ECUADOR?
16
TREKKING TODAY A TRUE STORY
17
ECUADOR AND ITS PEOPLE GEOGRAPHY
21
GEOLOGY
22
CLIMATE
23
FLORA AND FAUNA
25
CONSERVATION
30
HISTORY
31
8 GUACAMAYOS TRAIL
113
TREKS FROM LATACUNGA 9 HOSTEL HOPPING TO QUILOTOA
118
10 ACROSS RUMINAHUI
126
11 VALLEY OF THE WATERFALLS
132
12 CAVE OF THE OILBIRDS
137
13 TAPIR TRAIL
141
14 AROUND TUNGURAHUA
148
15 THE LLANGANATES EXPERIENCE
155

POPULATION
32
CULTURES
33
RELIGION AND FIESTAS
34
ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT
35
WHAT TO EXPECT INDEPENDENT VERSUS ORGANIZED TREKKING
37
RESPONSIBLE TREKKING
40
TREKKING INFRASTRUCTURE
42
MAPS AND NAVIGATION
46
PREPARATION GETTING YOURSELF READY PASSPORT AND VISAS
49
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
50
CURRENCY AND PRICES
53
COMMUNICATION PROVISIONS
54
GETTING TO THE TRAILHEAD
55
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION PUBLIC SAFETY
58
TREKKING SAFETY
59
STAYING HEALTHY
63
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
69
SELECTING A TREK UNDERSTANDING THE TREK DESCRIPTIONS
72
USING THE MAPS
76
TREKS FROM OTAVALO 1 GUINEAPIG LAKE
77
2 ECUADORS CHOCO
82
TREKS FROM QUITO
90
3 PARQUE METROPOLITANO
91
4 PASOCHOA RESERVE
95
5 PASOCHOA SUMMIT
100
6 PAPALLACTA
103
TREK FROM GUARANDA 16 GREAT CASCADE TRAIL
166
17 FORGOTTEN FOOTSTEPS
174
TREKS FROM RIOBAMBA
182
18 VOLCANO WATCHING
183
19 CRATER OF EL ALTAR
189
20 ATILLO AND OSOGOCHE LAKES
195
21 VICUNA TRAIL
200
22 ROYAL ROAD
209
23 HOT SPRINGS IN THE CLOUD FOREST
216
24 BLACK ROCK OF CUBILLINES
222
25 HIGH LAKES AND RIDGES
228
TREKS FROM CUENCA 26 INCA TRAILS
237
27 GOLDRUSH TRAIL
243
TREKS FROM VILCABAMBA 28 NATURAL HIGH
254
29 PASS OF THE WINDS
262
RESOURCES EMERGENCY CONTACTS
274
TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS
276
CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS
277
INTERNET SITES
279
COMPANIES OFFERING TREKS IN ECUADOR
280
CAMPING STORES IN ECUADOR
286
FURTHER READING
288
TREKKERS VOCABULARY
291
INDEX
296
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He hailed from Canada and Ecuador respectively. Having lived and travelled throughout Latin America since 1983, they currently have a home in Ba?os in Ecuador where they edit the Latin America Travel Advisor.

Daisy hailed from Canada and Ecuador respectively. Having lived and travelled throughout Latin America since 1983, they currently have a home in Ba?os in Ecuador where they edit the Latin America Travel Advisor.

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