Ecuador: The Bradt Climbing and Hiking Guide

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"From the high-altitude snow-capped volcanoes - via the ancient Inca trails - to the Amazonian lowland jungles, this book is jam-packed with intrepid treks and climbs for all levels.
Apart from giving you essential information, it offers health tips, a potted history of local mountaineering and a comprehensive reading list. What is most important though is the thorough first-hand research of all the ...
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Overview

"From the high-altitude snow-capped volcanoes - via the ancient Inca trails - to the Amazonian lowland jungles, this book is jam-packed with intrepid treks and climbs for all levels.
Apart from giving you essential information, it offers health tips, a potted history of local mountaineering and a comprehensive reading list. What is most important though is the thorough first-hand research of all the recommended treks and climbs by Mark Thurber, an experienced South American tour leader."
Independent on Sunday -

Inside you will find information on: new, detailed hiking maps and climbing routes; fully revised climbing and hiking information; new jungle walks and high-altitude treks; equipment to buy or rent; mountain biking and suggested routes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841620756
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guides Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Rachowiecki lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he works as a writer in between leading tours to South America.

Mark Thurber is an American geologist working in Ecuador as a tour leader and environmental consultant.
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Table of Contents

Introduction IX
Part 1 General Information 1
Chapter 1 General Information 3
Geography 3
Geology 3
History 5
People 6
Climate 7
Mountaineering--a historical view 8
Chapter 2 Preparations 15
Getting there 15
What to take 16
Money 20
Insurance 22
Photography 22
Health 23
Chapter 3 In Ecuador 35
Arrival 35
Accommodation 35
Getting around 36
Security 38
Tourist information and mail 39
Maps 40
Renting and buying equipment 41
Climbing clubs in Quito 42
Guides 42
Protected areas 43
Natural history 44
Minimum impact 49
Last words about climbing and hiking 50
Mountain biking in Ecuador 50
Part 2 The Guide 57
Chapter 4 The Central Valley 59
Short walks in the Quito area 60
Hikes around Tandayapa and Mindo 67
Yanococha Reserve (Jocotoco Foundation) 68
The three peaks of El Chaupi 71
Rock climbing around Quito 72
Longer hikes and climbs 73
Chapter 5 The Western Cordillera 83
Introduction 83
Golondrinas trail 83
Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi-Cayapas 86
La Delicia to Apuela 92
The Pichinchas 94
Lloa to Mindo trail 100
Cerro Atacazo (4,457m) 103
El Corazon (4,788m) 105
The Ilinizas 106
Hiking in the Zumbahua area 111
Hiking and climbing in the Chimborazo-Carihuairazo area 118
Parque Nacional Cajas 128
Chapter 6 The Eastern Cordillera 135
Reserva Ecolologica Cayambe-Coca 136
Papallacta Lake District 149
Cerro Sara Urco (4,676m) 154
Reserva Ecologica Antisana 155
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi and surroundings 164
Parque Nacional Llanganates 179
The Banos area 184
Parque Nacional Sangay 189
The Atillo area 203
The Inca road to Ingapirca 207
Gima to Nueva Tarqui 211
Saraguro 213
The Vilcabamba Valley and Parque Nacional Podocarpus 216
Quebrada Honda 221
Chapter 7 Oriente 223
The Misahualli area 223
Continuing into the Oriente 225
Reventador (3,562m) 228
Parque Nacional Sumaco-Napo Galeras 233
The Baeza area 236
The Macas area 236
Chapter 8 The Western Lowlands and Pacific Coast 239
Reserva Ecololoca Mache-Chindul 239
Reserva Ecologica Manglares-Churute 241
Parque Nacional Machalilla 241
Appendix 1 Language 247
Appendix 2 Elevations 249
Appendix 3 Further Reading 251
Index 259
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