Safety in Central Sierras?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jul 23, 2012 5:12 AM Last Post By: fritobandito
Jul 15, 2012 4:48 PM
Safety in Central Sierras?I have read that I shouldnt really be going wandering around a lot of Equador parks and things by myself for safety reasons, i should go with groups etc.
ie. There were some kidnappings that happened near vilicambia a while ago if i remember correctly.
However I was wondering, is that true in all of equador? such as hikes near Latacunga, do i need to be worried there as well (getting kidnapped/mugged)?
I need to aclimatize for my Cotopaxi climb but i dont particularly want to just be part of a tour group for like a week while i acclimatize.
How do i go about doing this hikes?
For reference im from canada so being scared places is still a wierd idea to me.
Jul 15, 2012 7:00 PM
1Um it is Ecuador not Equador - my other half who is Ecuadorian hates it when people mispell it.
It seems that the Quilitoa Loop is safe to hike around solo as lots of people have done it and posted about it on this site and the altitude is quite high for you to acclimatise.
Jul 16, 2012 2:30 AM
Jul 16, 2012 10:07 AM
Jul 17, 2012 1:34 AM
Jul 18, 2012 6:57 AM
5so when you say near quito do you mean anywhere near quito? There are hills probably 30km from Quito which I planned to climb (eg. Papallacta)
are those dangerous? or do you just mean in town?
Jul 18, 2012 9:12 AM
6Sorry, I don't know all the hiking areas in Ecuador. I know for instance that Volcan Pichincha, which is very close to Quito, is not considered safe.
But I've trekked and camped on my own in the mountains in Ecuador and I encountered no problems. I also avoided hiking in areas which I was afraid of (such as at Vilcabamba, which is described as unsfae in guidebooks).
Jul 18, 2012 1:15 PM
7hmm how can i figure out which mountains are safe?
for anyone who might know i am specifically interested in:
Quilotoa loop (someone above said it was safe)
Illinizas (I imagine ill need a guide anyways for this).
Things around Banos
If im hiking with a guide does that keep me safe? Assuming the guide doesnt rob me.
Jul 18, 2012 4:49 PM
8The likelihood of being mugged is pretty low; pickpocketing, however, is more likely. The incidence of kidnapping is not even worth worrying about. Some hiking is best done with a companion or two anyway, as trails aren't marked particularly well and altitude sickness can be an issue (particularly Corazon, Cotopaxi, Illinizas). Volcan Pichincha used to be pretty dicey but has been made much safer in the last few years. Pasachoa doesn't get that many visitors and requires an entrance fee so less chance of being mugged. There are several loops of varying length and difficulty that take you through different ecozones.
Banos has lots of activities geared to tourists and its hard to "get away from it all" there.
Jul 18, 2012 7:56 PM
Jul 19, 2012 1:23 AM
10You will have to decide for yourself, just as I do for myself when I decide to go trekking alone somewhere. Different people appreciate security very differently. This is not specific to Ecuador. I live in Brussels and opinion surveys show that some inhabitants think Brussels is very unsafe, and others that it's very safe. 100% security anyway does not exist, there is always a risk. I was mugged one time while hiking, in Marocco.
I guess I personally should go to all the places you mention, except maybe around Banos where I'd be more careful.
Jul 19, 2012 8:52 AM
11Well of you insist on hiking alone then make sure you tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to arrive otherwise it might take weeks before you are missed by friends and family at home and you could get lost or have and accident which could end up being fatal without support. Not meaning to scare you but if you really get lost or go off the beaten track it could be dangerous for you being alone and without anyone to help you and this would be without any attempt to kidnap or rob you..... Just saying.....
Jul 23, 2012 5:12 AM
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