The Northern Highlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northern Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Just beyond Mitad del Mundo lies Intiñan , the site that the Geodesic Expedition meant to find but didn't. The highlight here is a...

Laguna de Cuicocha

West of town, a milewide, oblong lake cradles itself in the lower flanks of Volcán Cotacachi. A well-marked hiking trail heads up the...

Mitad del Mundo

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Ecuador's famous Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument does not sit exactly on the equator. It marks the spot that in 1736...

Plaza de Ponchos

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Otavalo's premier sight, and one of which you'll be a part, is its Saturday market. This gathering of stalls was once called the Silent...


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If Intiñan approximates high-school science experiments, Quitsato , where the equator crosses the Pan-American Highway on the way to...


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