MOUNTAIN CLIMBING IN ECUADOR
Perched high in the Cordillera of the Andes between the Amazon and the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, yet it contains an astonishing variety of physical extremes, with towering mountains, immense tracts of green, ice, water, fire and extended areas of cultivation.
The mountains of Ecuador are divided into two separate ranges and are dominated by several volcanoes, the Lords of the Andes; these brooding giants are a source of mystery to the Indigenous who live in their foothills.
All of the programs described are carefully designed by climbers and for climbers - with or without experience. The itineraries include a few lower mountains for acclimatization before attempting major peaks. Gaining altitude gradually from 3.000m to over 5.000m helps most people to get used to the altitude and to experience less of those commonly present altitude sickness' symptoms.
Remember that fitness can't replace acclimatization. Although climbing in Ecuador does require a good physical shape, getting well acclimatized is the key to the successful and enjoyable climbing.