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The Best Backpacking in Ecuador

Looking for the best backpacking in Ecuador? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ecuador. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Ecuador

  • Candelária, Ecuador

    Backpack to El Altar

    8.1 mi / 4000 ft gain
    Local Ecuadorian outdoorspeople constantly tout El Altar as the best place in Ecuador for outdoor adventure.  Ecuador’s 5th highest peak, El Altar (17,451 ft.) is actually several peaks, the remnants of an ancient volcano that blew its top leaving a ring of glacial peaks surrounding a turquoise l...
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  • Laguna Quilotoa Trailhead, Ecuador

    Camp at Laguna Quilotoa

    1 mi / 918.6 ft gain
    Laguna Quilotoa is an incredibly scenic and relatively easy place to do a day hike in Ecuador. The hike down only takes ~30 minutes and views of the turquoise lake make it impossible to not stop every 2 minutes. Although it's a popular place to visit by the surrounding indigenous people, Laguna Q...
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