Ecuador Tourism is growing dramatically and is well regulated and offers to its visitors many options with incredible adventures.
Tourists are overwhelmed with the beauty of this country. Ecuador is amazingly diverse with the Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, beautiful beaches of the coast and the famous Galapagos Islands.
South America is a large continent, but few other locations have as many options for tourists as Ecuador does.
Many of the tourists that arrive in Ecuador are often fascinated with the beauty of the country, the imposing volcanoes, the colonial cities, and the various Indian cultures.
There are many local tours to take advantage of and you will need plenty of time to see it all. A few popular options include humpback whale watching, rafting, swimming, trekking, mountain climbing, and sitting back and relaxing in the natural Hot Springs of Papallacta
Every city in Ecuador has something to offer, but some of the more popular destinations include Quito, Vilcabamba, Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park, Banos, Manta Beach and the Galapagos Islands.
Located right on the equator, Quito is the Capital of Ecuador and has a very high altitude of 9,350 feet. It is known as the city of eternal spring and the weather is very comfortable year round.
Quito is the country's second largest city, the largest being Guayaquil. Quito is known as the political and cultural capital while Guayaquil is the financial capital as it is the largest port.
Quito has many great places to visit and the colonial buildings and churches are not to be missed.
Quito, more than any other South American city, has preserved its colonial atmosphere, with squares, fountains, public buildings, and houses built in the typical Spanish style.
It is recommended that you visit the main square, with its seventeenth century cathedral, government palaces, churches, municipal hall, and other buildings.
Quito is well known for its many small workshops producing native arts and for its outdoor Indian markets.
Another top activity for Ecuador tourism is climbing the volcanoes. Many tourists visit Ecuador hoping to climb the volcanoes.
Located between the Andes Mountains is the avenue of volcanoes including Chimborazo and Cotopaxi.
These volcanoes are located close to Quito and offer amazing mountain climbing opportunities that provide a once in a lifetime experience. More About the Volcanoes in Ecuador
While visiting the Andean highlands you should visit Banos. This city offers you many activities from relaxing in hot spring to horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.
This city has many hotels and restaurants and truly caters to tourists.
More About the City of Banos
Otavalo is the icon of Ecuador tourism, you just can't leave Ecuador without visiting its Indian market and buying some souvenirs to remember your vacations.
Otavalo is a great place to visit to buy blankets, sweaters, belts, artwork, jewelry, and other craft work.
Its only 100 kilometers from Quito, so it can easily be a day trip for those stationed in Quito. See More About Otavalo
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador tourism too and are located in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles West of Ecuador. There are 13 major volcanic Islands, but only four Islands are inhabited (Isabela, Floreana, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal).
The total population of these Islands are of about 20,000 and there are a couple of active volcanoes.
The flora and fauna on the Islands are amazing and there are species you cannot see anywhere else in the world. The Giant Galapagos Tortoises are amazing as well as many of the birds and lizards.
The Galapagos Islands became famous after the visit of scientist Charles Darwin who proclaimed his Theory of Evolution based of the wildlife of these set of Islands. More Information About the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador is among the most rewarding travel destinations in South America. With its array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well preserved colonial architecture, otherworldly volcanic landscapes and dense rain forests, it packs its perimeters with more points of interest than many countries twice its size.
Ecuador tourism is well organized and it will be easy for you to move around this country safely.
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