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Photos of Ecuador’s Andes Mountains (Video Tour)

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Quito Ecuador

We have lived and traveled in the beautiful Sierra (mountains) region of Ecuador for almost 5 years. This post is all about how breathtaking it is!


The Sierra takes in the Ecuador’s Andes mountains and the Inter Andean highlands. We’ve traveled from Azauy to Cañar to Quito and we’ve put some of our favorite photos into a video slideshow.

(You may also enjoy reading our Ecuador travel page.)

Ecuador’s Andes: a Region of Amazing Scenery

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As we explore the Sierra we often find ourselves compelled to stop and take pictures. It’s the kind of thing whereby one of us will say “wow look at that, I can’t believe how beautiful it is, lets stop I’ve got to get a picture!”


Bryan stopping to capture the beauty

The mountains, fields and valleys are gorgeous, we don’t get tired of seeing them.


Interested to photograph some of these areas on your trip? Here’s how to choose Best Camera for Travel

Breathtaking Scenery in Ecuador’s Andes

When we were thinking about moving to Ecuador we imagined ourselves on the beach, but I think the scenery here in the Sierra is just as breathtaking. The way sun and clouds play off the landscape is always changing. And when the clouds rise up from the valleys to the tops of the mountains it’s a spectacular sight.

The climate zones change within the areas that make up the Sierra so we see different kinds of vegetation, grasses and trees, flowers and shrubs…

(Check out this post about one of our hikes. We were high up in the mountains around Cuenca, the pictures are beautiful.)

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Planning a trip to the Andes? Here are the top 15 things to do in Ecuador’s Andes.

Have you been to Ecuador’s Andes? Please share your experiences with us by commenting on this post.

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Meet the Author

Dena Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

11 comments… add one
  • Mercy May 31, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Ecuador is beautiful, I can not wait to get there soon. I’m still waiting to hear answers to some questions I did to you a while ago. I love Cuenca, Ecuador. Thank you for all the info, videos and photos.


    • Bryan Haines Jun 1, 2014, 3:21 pm

      It’s best to ask your questions on a post – and we’ll do our best to answer them.

  • Richard A Mageau May 31, 2014, 1:29 pm

    In late August my wife and I will be moving to Cuenca to live. We intend to keep our present email address for a while, but will rely more on our Google mail address and eventually leave the Shaw address completely. Could you ^please change the address now; it will be Thanks!

  • Emma @ Everyday Postcard May 29, 2014, 6:40 am

    What fantastic photos! The Ecuadorian Andes are stunning.

  • Lorena Tapia May 27, 2014, 4:13 pm

    You have not pictured Nono! Your pictures are amazing, and being an Andes fan, I should say Nono is the Ecuadorian Switzerland! The Andes at their very best, wild flowers, over 8 species of hummingbirds, local people, all in one place. You will be surprised!

    • Bryan Haines May 27, 2014, 4:35 pm

      No, we haven’t been there yet. Looks like a beautiful area.

  • James Lehr Miller May 27, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Am already a subscriber to newsletter. We hope to move down there from Tucson, Arizona in a year or two or three.
    We are retired and in our mid sixties. I am an Amateur Astronomer and Telescope Maker and am a very experienced Public Astronomer. I need some (any) connection to anyone who is into the hobby, or doing the same thing, so that I can get a much better understanding of what the situation is there. Primarily, I need to know what the ratio of actual telescopic clear skies there are from season to season. And what regions/ altitudes would be best. My hope is to maybe set up an actual Public Observatory there, if none exists yet. I just need a connection to somebody there who is willing to communicate with me all the time about all of this. Even if they have no equipment (which I can easily provide) I need the enthusiasm from them to look into all the things I need to know about.
    I hope that either you, or somebody you know of can hook me up with somebody there.
    By the by; I am always looking at you posts, and the links. Much more about the clarity, or lack of, of the skies would be of extreme help to me. I am still trying to find a good weather satellite link for the area but the pickings are not great.
    We just today saw your old TV spot on House Hunters International. I believe that you said, somewhere, that you have moved from that place, though. Can’t quite remember. I’ve been monitoring you posts for about a year now.
    Oh, and yes, we will be buying some of your recommended items when it comes time.
    aka/ “the Starman”

    • Bryan Haines May 27, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Hey Jim – there is a planetarium near Parque de la Madre in Cuenca. We haven’t been there yet – but I guess it’s time. I don’t know anything about astronomy – maybe another reader will be able to help with some specifics.

      All the best on your plans!


  • Suki F May 26, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Such a pretty place! it holds a special place in my heart. I hope I can go back to Ecuador soon.

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