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    Top ten reason to visit Ecuador:

    Let´s think, So you don’t know where to go on your next trip to South America? You want to experience adventure, culture, history, and nature all wrapped up into one vacation? Then a perfect country for you, whether a beginner or seasoned traveler, is a journey to Ecuador. With exceptionally diverse flora and fauna, warm temperatures year round, and unmistakable adventures at every turn, Ecuador is definitely your destination of choice. Still not convinced? Travel over 4 diverse regions in one country as we describe the top reasons why Ecuador is a country not to be overlooked.


    Galapagos Islands The Enchanting Islands, as they are popularly known, offers visitors the chance to get up close to hundreds of bird species, unique flora and fauna, and numerous endemic species found no where else in the world. In the Galapagos you can swim with sea lions, dive with white-tip reef sharks or just meander around giant tortoises in the wild. Moreover, the islands offer fantastic walks on beautiful beaches with jaw dropping sunsets everyday.

    2.-Amazon Jungle:

    Amazon Jungle You do not have to go to Brazil to experience a real rain forest. A large area lays in the east part of Ecuador, which offers exactly the same pristine jungle. Get ready to examine diverse vegetation, and unique creatures as you trek through the Ecuadorian Amazon. With over 1,000 different species of birds living here, it is a prime location to bird watch. Do not miss this exotic spectacle of monkeys swinging overhead or the search for the brightly colored poison dart frog. Then relax in your Amazon lodge as you enjoy an elegant dinner overlooking the Napo River.


    Quito The capital of Ecuador has been recognized since 1978 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, beautiful colonial center. Transported back to colonial times, we walk amongst the oldest monuments of the city, which include: the 300 year old San Francisco convent and Jesuit Church. Likewise, you can get an insight into the cultural richness of Ecuador just by enjoying a coffee in one of the side cafes as traditional dressed Quechua women flourish past in their vivid clothing arrangements.

    Hostal Colonial House Quito

    4.-Train to the Devil´s Nose:

    The Devil´s Nose Considered one of the world’s best railway engineering feats, this scenic railroad travels over a series of switchbacks as it zigzags down the steep mountainside passing small villages and Andean lakes along the way. Starting in Riobamba the train rolls through a variety of climate zones for a a really short time. As you pass over the Andes to the village of Simbambe, the train drops in altitude from aprx. 8000 ft to about 1000 ft in a mere 45 minutes. The highlight of the trip is to overcome the 100m high, prominent rock also called the “Devil’s Nose”. Experience the thrill as you wind through mountainous terrain on this unforgettable journey.

    5.-Mountain Biking in Baños:

    Adventure in Baños Enjoy the a downhill mountain bike tour to the peaceful village of Banos as you pass roughly 35 miles with 360 views of unbelievable scenery. Along the way, you can stop to admire the numerous waterfalls before you drive further into the tropical climate of the rainforest. At the foot of the excursion you will find the Tungurahua volcano of the Andes and the entrance to the jungle of Puyo.


    Cotopaxi Volcano Rising 19,347 ft towards the equatorial sun, the Cotopaxi volcano is the second highest volcano in Ecuador. Clearly distant from the Quito skyline, Cotopaxi is also one of few mountains with an equatorial glacier atop its peak. Alexander von Humboldt, the first European who tried to climb the summit only got half way, however you can be one of few that actually trek to the summit with guided tours and assistance to get you to the top.


    City of Cuenca The third largest city in Ecuador is definitely worth a visit as you pass through historic buildings of colonial charm and bustling markets. The El Sagrario is of particular interest, which was built in 1557 more than 455 years ago. Linger around the city as you venture to different museums, churches, and galleries or stop off to by some authentic souvenirs. Want more nature, then a trip to El Cajas National Park would suite you, having over 275 Andean lakes and many places to just relax and enjoy your surroundings.

    8.-Exotic Cuisine:

    Exotic Cuisine In addition to the unforgettable scenery and historic landmarks, Ecuador offers travelers delicious and even exotic cuisine dishes. Come taste the varieties of savory soups, potato side dishes and hearty meat meals in Ecuador or be more adventurous and try the roasted guinea pig called Cuy. This specialty is served mainly in the Andean regions and although it is unknown in the United States, do not be afraid to try this dish. People say it tastes like chicken.

    9.-Whale Watching:

    Whale Watching Each summer between the months of June and October, humpback whales travel to their breeding areas off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. Take a small boat and really get a chance to see the whales up-close in their natural habitats before the move on to warmer waters. The best starting points for your whale watching experience are from the coastal towns of Puerto Lopez and Salinas.


    Rafting Throughout the region, Ecuador offers a wide variety of white water rafting trips from the calm rivers to the Class IV rapids in the Andes. The most challenging of rapids is located between the Sangay National Park and the Llanganates, here you can expect challenging rapids but with rewarding scenery at every turn. Cruise along as you circle around rainforests, rushing waterfalls, or basalt canyon cliffs.

    Looking for more reasons?

    Here are more just in case you are not convince

    Biodiversity With 46 different ecosystems, Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and not just on the Galapagos Islands, but on the mainland as well. Ecuador boasts more than 1600 bird species, which is more per kilometer than any other country in South America. In addition, Ecuador has 4,500 types of butterflies, more than 3,000 species of orchid and a total of more than 25,000 plant species, which is 10% of the world’s total. Ecuador offers plenty of opportunities to observe all of this biodiversity through national parks and ecotourism.

    Cultural Diversity Besides Ecuador’s biodiversity, it is very culturally diverse, as well. Approximately 65% of the population is mestizo, meaning of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent, while 25% are indigenous, and the remaining 10% are of other ethnicities, including people of African descent. There are 15 recognized indigenous groups in Ecuador, speaking 11 different languages. These groups vary greatly especially by geographic region and each has its own special customs and traditions to share.

    Geographic DiversityBiodiversity While this factor is related to biodiversity, it is not entirely the same. Ecuador is composed of four regions: Galapagos, coast, highlands, and jungle. Each region has its own climate, activities, flora, fauna, and spectacular views. This great geographic diversity packed into one country, means that in one trip to Ecuador, you can snorkel with a sea lion, lie on the beach, climb to the top of a snow-capped mountain, and canoe down a jungle river. This makes Ecuador ideal for those travelers who can’t make up their minds about where to visit next and simply want to do it all.

    Small Size The best things come in small packages, and this is certainly true of Ecuador as well. Not only does Ecuador have all the diversity mentioned in the previous three points, but it is packed into an area the size of the state of Nevada or the UK plus Belgium. This means that it is easy to explore all that diversity in a short amount of time and makes travel within the country quick and flexible. Larger countries with main attractions more spread out require careful planning in order to visit everything a traveler wants to. However, in Ecuador, nothing is more than a 14-hour bus ride from the capital, making flexible travel planning possible.

    Good Weather Being on the equator, Ecuador enjoys relatively the same weather year-round. Of course, climate and temperature change between regions and altitudes, but, in general, Ecuador offers very good weather all year long. The highlands region is very temperate because it is on the equator, but at a higher altitude, giving very spring-like weather. This can at times mean rainy, but usually it is sunny. The coast and Amazon regions are much warmer, but also fairly constant throughout the year. This all means that there is never a bad time to visit Ecuador.

    Friendly people Ecuadorians are naturally friendly and helpful. They enjoy receiving visitors to their country and are proud that foreigners travel to Ecuador. Therefore, Ecuadorians are happy to help if you are lost or just looking for advice on where to go next and how to get there. At many of the smaller, family-run hotels and hostels, guests are treated as family and are truly looked after by the owners. When visiting Ecuador, one can really feel at home, making for a relaxing trip.

    Experience art Ecuador is also a great place to visit to experience art and has been for centuries. During the colonial period, the Quito School of art was a special style reflecting the mix, and clash, of cultures that occurred during colonization with clear indigenous touches added to commissioned Catholic religious works. Quito is also the birthplace of renowned artist Oswaldo Guayasamín, whose art also has a clear Latin American flair. In addition, the many artisan markets throughout Ecuador display new and ancient handicrafts made by indigenous communities.

    Visit Equator Ecuador is the only country that offers the opportunity to visit the site where the French Geodesic Commission first measured the equatorial line in 1735 in order to determine the circumference of the Earth. The site now hosts a monument and museum allowing visitors to touch the equator and learn about its historical significance.

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    Address: Olmedo 432 y los Rios Quito-Ecuador-Sudamerica