Travel to Ecuador – Overview
When you travel to Ecuador you will experience an amazing diversity in landscapes, climates and cultures. There is plenty to choose from an Ecuador travel experience; from the Galapagos Islands, colonial cities, spectacular coasts, the majestic Andes, to the mystique of the Amazon Rainforest.
In the heart of South America, high on the equator lies a land of eternal spring and ever blooming flowers, where the towering giants of green volcanoes brush playfully against white puffs of passing clouds drifting in the wind currents of the deep blue Andean sky. Below these verdant slopes and clear skies where condors fly are rich agricultural valleys, sparkling lakes, colorful indigenous cultures and gracious haciendas that were once the backbone of Spanish colonial agrarian society.
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Travel to Ecuador has all the elements one would expect to find in places like Tuscany and the Alps: breathtaking scenery, incomparable accommodations with historic architecture and excellent cuisine.
Ecuador is arguably one of the countries in Latin America that allow to see more diversity within reach, than any other country. Galapagos, spectacular coasts, the majestic Andes and the mystique of the Amazon, all within a days drive Small and yet diverse enough to satisfy all tastes, Ecuador is full of cultural and geographical contrast. Beautiful Indian markets in colonial towns set in landscapes dominated by the great Andean cordillera, which divides the coast from the great Amazonian rainforest inland. Come and enjoy some Ecuador Travel experiences with us.
Quito, the capital, with its well preserved colonial centre, is now a UNESCO world heritage site. This charming capital has a spring-like climate and is surrounded by fairytale mountains. Quito, with numerous luxury hotels, is an excellent center to base your explorations to rest of the country.
Ecuador’s is made for accessibility. Only a few hours’ drive north lie many of the country’s famed Indian market towns, with native Ecuadorians wearing colourful traditional clothes and selling their wonderfully woven handicrafts.
If markets, snow capped volcanoes, mountains and lakes were not reason enough to visit the north, this area also has elegant colonial haciendas. Apart from offering guests a rare insight into rural life, trekking, horseback riding and bird watching in the majestic highlands are but a few of the pleasures of staying in these unique haciendas.
“Ecuadorian people offer a brand of cultural interaction not found in many destinations,” writes respected travel writer David Noland. “Many of the Native Americans here are descendants of the Inca (and many still speak Quechua, their original language); other mestizos are of mixed Native American and European ancestry…The fact that this area is less visited than some parts of Peru means that these Indians are much less jaded.” We include visits to local markets including the Otavalo, which dates back to antiquity and is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries.
To the south of Quito, the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ links the capital to the colonial cities of southern Ecuador, including architectural gems such as Cuenca. Wild mountain scenery and indigenous villages, untouched by contemporary life, make for a fascinating journey into the past when travelling through these dramatic southern highlands.
In stark contrast to the mountain provinces is the jungle and Amazon interior. More accessible (only 5 hours from Quito) than in any other Latin American country, Ecuador’s rainforest is a profusion of flora and fauna and served by excellent lodges in keeping with sound principles of eco-tourism.
No journey to Ecuador would be complete, however, without a visit to the Galapagos Islands. A living natural laboratory and cradle of Darwin’s theories, the islands are a wildlife paradise; a living record of evolution and according to those who have witnessed its sights first hand, an life transforming experience.
Ecuador’s has a unique appeal and it rests in its world class wildlife, cultural and geographical diversity and unspoilt heritage.