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El Angel


Surface area : 39 520 acres /

between 11 952 and 15 639 ft (3 644 and 4 768 meter) /

Protected since: 1992


To the west of San Gabriel (the far north of the central highland) is the village of El Angel, best known for its paramoreservation of the same name. Nearby, a few kilometers south of El Angel, there are also the (sometimes crowded) medicinal thermal baths of La Calera.

The paramo of El Angel is famous for its frailejones, a special plant species that occurs there in large numbers. The frailejon is a composite (a floral composition like our dandelion, for example) that is common on paramos in Colombia and Venezuela. El Angel is the southernmost point in the plant’s range, which looks like a giant edelweiss. There is often fog in the area and the strange shapes of the frailejones are reminiscent of an army of monks in the fog.

In the village of El Angel is an office of the Ministerio del Medio Ambiente that manages the park. Here you will receive additional information about hiking and excursion options in the reserve. There is access from El Angel, but you can also get into the reserve from Tulcan.

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Tom, guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
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Indian woman from SalasacasIn South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.


Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!