They say that Ecuador is the home of the world's most beautiful roses. Whether that's true, or not, it's a fact that cultivation of flowers for export has become a major industry in the mountainous Andes region of the country. The climate and geographical situation combine to provide the perfect conditions for this activity that is the economic salvation of so many rural areas. And now the Flower Trail has itself become the focus of tourism, bringing yet more economic activity to the area.
Whether you have time to make a leisurely journey by the local buses, rent a car or take a more organised tour, what flower lover could resist the temptation of this colourful route through the Andes? As you travel, you will get to know the people and their traditions and customs, as well as the activities associated with the production of flowers. You can go trekking in the Andes, mountain biking or horse-riding. And you can sample the traditional and contemporary cuisine, and even stay in the luxurious surroundings of a historical hacienda.Use the left and right arrow keys to view the images