This is a country with cultural diversity, different regions with different sceneries and a wide variety of weather. For this reason, the best way is choosing an experience that will take you from the cold snows, the warm pacific coasts to the cruises in the enchanted Galapagos Islands.
This country is the second smallest country in South-America, but with a vast diversity of ecosystems spread out in 4 regions such as the Highlands, the coast, the rainforest, and the islands.
This beautiful country is a particular spot where visitors can engage in a variety of activities regarding the tourism industry. Therefore, there are places available for adventure, naturalism, cultural, ecological and communitarian tourism through all regions nationwide.
The “Light of America”, was declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage in 1978. In effect, it is one of the most beautiful capital cities in Latin America. Quito is surrounded by the Spanish architecture, for that reason, it has baroque and neo-gothic style churches. The downtown uncovers the history of the Incas and the Spaniards. The “canelazo” is a traditional beverage drunk in special indigenous ceremonies and parades; in fact, it is prepared using cinnamon and “puntas”.
Although there are some important viewpoints in the city, Teleferico is the best place to have a panoramic view. It’ll show the visitants how the metropolis evolved during the last century.
The Ecuadorian Highlands can be toured in a train journey to visit the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’. The Ecuadorian Andes mountain range contains volcanoes like, Cotopaxi, the tallest active volcano, and Chimborazo which is the farthest point from the center of the Earth. Also, the Devil’s Nose Train Ride is very popular and essential to enjoy this ‘avenue’.
The “Pearl of the Pacific” is the largest and most populous city. Therefore, you can’t miss a visit to the Malecón 2000 and the traditional “Las Peñas” neighborhood. The astonishing beaches will allow you to relax. In fact, this metropolis is a treasure where the conquistadors Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín signed several pacts. Furthermore, the food and the traditional “ceviche” (shrimp cocktail) will delight all the visitants.
The “Athens of Ecuador” is a World Cultural Heritage which exhibits the Spanish and French architecture.
Also, the Cajas National Park is a few miles away and will allow the tourist to take part in different activities such as hiking, fishing, bird-watching, viewing flora and fauna.
This traditional city offers the visitant the opportunity to contemplate the indigenous traditions as well as their textile ability. In fact, the indigenous markets are famous as their offer autochthonous art. Interaction with this amazing culture is essential to enjoy the folklore and their art. After all, Otavalo has the world’s biggest indigenous market.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is a biodiversity hotspot. The principal attraction of the hilly forest is, of course, the trees like the timber trees, some soaring higher than 46 m. The Amazon Rainforest supports over 600 species of fish and more than 250 species of amphibians and reptiles like the famous wart snake, caimans, and tree frogs. Important to realize, the Amazon is home of ancient tribes like the Shuar, Huaoranis, Cofani and Secoya; indeed, they reside in the forest maintaining their cultures and traditions intact even after colonization.
Ecuador’s richest treasure is located on the Archipelago of Colon. Thus, Charles Darwin based all his research on these magical volcanic islands. In fact, the origin of the species and the Theory of Evolution was inspired by the numerous finches and unique species in the world. The majesty of the Galapagos tortoises is revealed as soon as you enter their territory. The beauty of the iguanas and flamingos can be contemplated.
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