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Destinations in Ecuador

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Regions

  • Amazon rainforest
  • Andes Highlands
  • Coastal lowlands
  • Galapagos Islands – Isolated archipelago world-famous for its unique wildlife and Darwin’s evolutionary research.

Cities

  • Quito – Second highest capital in the world, with a well-preserved colonial centre. The weather is generally spring-like and relatively unpredictable throughout the year, and changes quickly.
  • Ambato – The central city of Ecuador. Special celebrations during the carnival season.
  • Baños – An adventure capital of Ecuador at the foot of Tungurahua volcano, an active volcano with small eruptions of ash and lava. There are also many hot springs mineral baths, as the name suggests.
  • Cuenca – The third largest city in Ecuador and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Guayaquil – Largest city in the country and largest port city.
  • Ibarra – town of 100,000 inhabitants halfway between Quito and the northern border.
  • Loja – The oldest colonial town.
  • Otavalo – Small town one and a half hours north of the capital; famous for its Saturday market with indigenous handicrafts and livestock.

Riobamba – starting point of the famous train ride down the Nariz del Diablo and gateway to Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador

Other destinations

  • Baeza – gateway to the northern Oriente and up-and-coming mountain town – still has a sleepy small-town atmosphere.
  • Canoa – Small beach town.
  • Esmeraldas – A less visited town in the north of some of Ecuador’s most popular beaches.
  • Guamote – A cosy and authentic Andean village that is nevertheless easy to reach.
  • Guaranda – A small Andean town famous for its Carnaval celebrations.
  • Mindo – Excellent bird watching in a cloud forest setting.
  • Montañita – World famous surfing beach and beach meeting point.
  • Puerto López – Beautiful small town by the sea, access point to Machalilla National Park and Isla de la Plata “poor man’s Galapagos”.
  • Puyo – town in the Amazon rainforest, frequent destination of bicycle tours from Baños.
  • Quilotoa Loop – An Andean itinerary that includes the volcanic crater lake Quilotoa, Zumbahua and Chugchilán. Quintessential Andean landscapes and cultural experiences.
  • Salinas – Beautiful beach and promenade, flooded with Guayaquileños during the holidays.
  • Tena – town in the Amazon rainforest known for some of the best white water rafting and kayaking in Latin America.

Vilcabamba – Popular with expats who live and retire here, and famous for its legendary elderly residents who claim to have some of the longest life spans in the world.

National Parks

  • Yasuni National Park
  • Parque Nacional Cotopaxi
  • Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
  • Cuyabeno Wild Life Reserve
  • Podocarpus National Park
  • Parque Nacional Cajas

How To Travel To Ecuador

By air Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is located in the municipality of Tababela, approximately 30 km (20 mi) east of Quito. Travellers with very early departures or very late arrivals from Quito airport, as well as those not staying in Quito but travelling elsewhere, may consider accommodation in...

How To Travel Around Ecuador

By bus Intercity buses go almost everywhere in Ecuador. Many cities have a central bus station, called the Terminal Terrestre, where you can buy tickets for the different bus routes that serve the city. Long-distance buses generally cost between $1 and $2 an hour, depending on the distance and type...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Ecuador

In 2008, the President of the Republic amended the regulations so that citizens of any nationality could enter Ecuador without a visa and stay for a period of ninety days per chronological year, in order to strengthen relations between Ecuador and all countries of the world and promote tourism....

Weather & Climate in Ecuador

The climate is very different and is mainly determined by altitude. The mountain valleys have a mild climate all year round, the coastal areas have a humid subtropical climate and the lowlands are tropical forests. The Pacific coastal zone has a tropical climate with an abundant rainy season. The...

Accommodation & Hotels in Ecuador

There are many budget hostels to be found throughout Ecuador. Often the hostels in smaller towns are actually private homes that welcome travellers. As with most things, locals can help you find an excellent hotel at a very low price ($6-14). Again, large groups can haggle for lower prices....

Things To Do in Ecuador

The capital Quito, is a city with a lot of history where you can walk around the city centre and enjoy the beautiful colonial buildings. There is also the "Teleférico" (cable car) that takes passengers from the highest mountain in Quito to see the whole city from the sky....

Food & Drinks in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador Throughout the country, there is a great variety in what is typically eaten, depending on the place. In the Sierra, potatoes are almost always part of lunch and dinner; on the coast, rice is popular. Soup is also a big part of lunch and dinner. Breakfast often...

Money & Shopping in Ecuador

Currency Ecuador adopted the US dollar (USD) as its currency in 1999. Other types of currencies are not readily accepted. Ecuador has its own coins. These are exactly the same size and weight as American coins, and both are accepted. U.S. dollar coins are widely used and preferred over $1 notes....

Festivals & Holidays in Ecuador

DateEnglish name1 JanuaryNew Year's DayFebruary - MarchCarnivalMarch-AprilGood Friday1 MayInternational Workers' DayMay 24The Battle of Pichincha (1822)10 AugustDeclaration of Independence of Quito (1809)9 OctoberIndependence of Guayaquil (1820)2 NovemberAll Souls' Day3 NovemberIndependence of Cuenca (1820)25 DecemberChristmas Day

Internet & Communications in Ecuador

Internet Internet cafés are almost everywhere in the big cities and in many of the smaller towns. The cost is between $1 and $2 per hour in the big cities, and the better places have high-speed access. In some cafés, restaurants and hotels you will find free wifi access, usually...

Traditions & Customs in Ecuador

The usual greetings are "Buenos días", "Buenas tardes" or "Buenas noches", (Good morning, good day or good evening respectively). Greetings are usually followed by a handshake, among men, and a kiss on the cheek, among women or between a man and a woman. "Hola" is the most common greeting...

Culture Of Ecuador

Ecuador's mainstream culture is defined by its Hispanic mestizo majority and, like their ancestors, is traditionally Spanish in origin, influenced to varying degrees by Amerindian traditions and in some cases by African elements. The first and most significant wave of modern immigration to Ecuador consisted of Spanish colonists, following...

History Of Ecuador

Pre-Inca Various peoples had settled in the area of the future Ecuador before the arrival of the Incas. Some probably sailed on rafts from Central America to Ecuador, some came to Ecuador by way of the tributaries of the Amazon, some came from the north of South America, and some...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Ecuador

Stay Safe in Ecuador Tourists should use common sense to ensure their safety. Avoid problems by not showing large sums of money, not visiting areas close to the Colombian border, staying away from civil unrest and not using the side streets of major cities at night. The biggest threat in...

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