Surface area : 370 500 acres /

between 9 184 and 13 809 ft (2800 and 4210 meter) /

Protected since: 1996


This reserve is a suitable area for hiking.
The reserve includes the twin mountain Ilinizas: Iliniza Sur is Ecuador’s sixth mountain with 5 248 meters. Iliniza Norte comes in eighth place with 5,126 meters. The ascent of the Illiniza Norte is doable for amateurs (the top is snow-free), but not without danger. The Iliniza Sur has steep ice walls and is only for experienced climbers. The Ilinizas are located in the northern part of the park. This is accessible from El Chaupi, a village south of Machachi. The entrance to the park is USD 5. There is a mountain hut that can accommodate 18 people with access from El Chaupi.
The famous laguna Quilotoa is also part of the reserve. This beautiful Andean lake is located in the southern part of the park. There are many hiking opportunities around Quilotoa Lake.
The lake is accessible from Latacunga. The most used road is via Zumbahua (turn right on the road from Latacunga to Quevedo). There are many options for overnight stays in the area and the views of the Indian villages and the lake are phenomenal.

For more information about climbing the Illinizas see our chapter “mountain climbing”


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.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
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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!