The Ecoroute offers spectacular landscapes of the steep slopes of the Western Cordillera of the Andes as they descend towards the Pacific.
From certain natural viewpoints it is possible on a clear day to see as far as the coastal plains. The changes in vegetation and fauna are striking, and are the result of the rapid changes in elevation, from impacted high Andean vegetation at 3,500 metres, passing through the different elevations of subtropical cloud forests until one reaches San Tadeo at 1,700 metres.
The Ecoroute begins on the slopes of the complex of Volcano Pichincha, formed of five adjacent volcanoes, El Cinto, Rucu Pichincha, Guagua Pichincha, Toaza, and the currently active Cristal. In addition, there are other rock formations belonging predominantly to the Western Cordillera, such as a great variety of basalts, andesites and marine rocks, ‘turbidites’.