There's nothing more beautiful than a well packed bag, and nothing uglier than a bag packed like a dog's breakfast.
From short, half day visits to multi-day treks, Cajas National Park is a playground for budding Andean adventurers.
Ecuador is overflowing with great hiking and climbing opportunities, but where to start?
Sincholagua gets onto so few hikers' hit lists that if you make it out to this far flung peak it means you're probably well on your way to becoming a veteran of the Ecuadorian wilderness.
Even though you wont need to whip out the ice picks, don't assume Illiniza Norte will be a walk in the park.
Corazon isn't as well-trodden as many of Ecuador's other peaks, but is a great climb to cut your teeth on.
Quito does a good job of teasing visitors with its stunning views of snow capped mountains in every direction. But between tackling the likes of Cotopaxi and Antisana, there are a few good day hikes within a stone throw of the capital to get acclimatised like Pasochoa.
Living in a volcanic crater might not sound like the best idea, but it seems to work for the few hundred families living in Pululahua.
Ecuador's highest mountain is a beast.
No, there are no guinea pigs at Cuicocha, at least not that I could see. The name comes from the islands in the middle of this picturesque crater lake that look a bit like a pair of guinea pigs (Cuicocha is Kichwa for “guinea pig lake”) .