Best Ecuador Attractions with detailed information about the most beautiful tourist locations by cities and regions.
This is the most important Ecuador indigenous group of the province of Tungurahua, said to have been brought to Ecuador by the Incas, from Bolivia, to guard the gateway to the Amazon Rain Forest.
They are excellent weavers and have preserved their customs, costumes, traditions and original political and cultural organization.
Located in the Andes mountains in central Ecuador, Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
Cotopaxi which means neck of the moon, rises from a valley about 2,750 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level to a height of 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level.
Surrounding Cotopaxi Volcano is the Cotopaxi National Park an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares (88,920 acres). If you like hiking and are a nature lover, this location would be one of the best tourist attractions in Ecuador for you.
Chimborazo Volcano is located on the Western Cordillera of the Andes in central Ecuador, 150 kilometers (93 miles) southwest of the capital, Quito.
Chimborazo's majestic summit rises 2,500 meters above the surrounding highlands (3,500 to 4,000 meters) with a 20-kilometer wide base. The Chimborazo is covered by perpetual glaciers and snow.
Elevation of the summit is 20,700 feet (6,310 m). The summit of the Chimborazo constitutes the farthest point from the center of the Earth because it is just one degree south of the equator and our planet bulges at the equator.
The Chimborazo is featured on the Flag of Ecuador to represent the beauty and richness of the Ecuadorian Highlands. It is the sacred mountain, the protector of the Andean people of Ecuador.
In the railway there's a perpendicular wall of rock- called the "Devil's Nose".
Many lives were shed in the building of what until now is considered a masterpiece of railway engineering:
A zigzag carved out of the rock, which allows the train, by advancing and backing up, to reach the necessary height to the town of Alausi.
Traveling by train from Quito to Riobamba is one of the most incredible tourist attractions in Ecuador.
Many styles converge in the construction of the Cathedral: late Gothic in the arches, Moorish in the ceilings, Baroque in the main altar and Neoclassic at the choir.
The Cathedral houses masterpieces of colonial art like the "Descent of Christ from the Cross" by Caspicara and the central painting of the Ascension of the Virgin by Manuel Samaniego.
La Compañia is a copy of the Jesuit church of "Saint Ignatius" in Rome, of baroque style.
The church is a magnificent example of the extraordinary artistic ability of Ecuadorian artisans, which can be seen in the intricately carved altars completely covered with gold leaf, with sculptures of the Holy Trinity in the Main altar and Saint Ignatius and Saint Francis in the side altars by Legarda.
This is one of the richest and most magnificent temples of South America, also one of the tourist attractions in Ecuador you should not miss.
The imposing Church and Monastery of San Francisco is reached from the plaza of the same name via a beautiful stone round staircase and atrium.
The inside is mostly Baroque with a rich Moorish coffered ceiling, gold leaf altars with ornaments made of silver and mirrors. The main figure is the winged "Virgin of Quito" by Legarda.
This is one of the oldest churches of the city, founded by Franciscan Priests from Belgium who founded the first schools of art, music and dance in Ecuador.
The Plaza of San Sebastian was built in the 17th Century as an open marketplace for the western part of the city of Cuenca. On its side is the church of San Sebastian, with a magnificent carved door.
On the southern side of Plaza San Sebastian is the Museum of Modern Art, which occupies a building of the 17th Century, called the House of Temperance, begun in 1876 to house persons with drinking problems.
It became a museum in 1981 and its thick walls and long white corridors built around flowery courtyards are an excellent setup for colorful modern paintings and sculptures.
Located on one side of Plaza Calderon, this is the most important religious monument in the city of Cuenca, and one of the biggest architectural works in the country.
Its construction started in 1880 and it was finished in 1974. The cathedral, which is also called the "New Cathedral", has imposing blue tiled domes and two towers in the facade.
The decoration inside is also impressive, mainly because of its beautiful stained-glass windows, the gold leaf altar piece and the huge pillars covered with pink marble.
This is also one of the most charming Ecuador attractions. The flat terrain on which the colonial center of Cuenca is located, abruptly ends and descends to the Tomebamba River in a vertical drop.
The cheerful noise of the water and the picturesque hanging style houses which stretch down the green slopes along the Tomebamba river, will surprise you with a peculiar combination of nature and architecture.
Women still do their washing in the river and spread out the clothes to dry in the banks, in very colorful patterns.
The Historical Center is located on the second terrace of a big alluvial cone, which was formed by the erosive action of the rivers during thousands of years.
It is characterized by the presence of narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque colonial and republican style buildings, which give the city a special charm.
Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, is a vibrant metropolis on the Guayas River delta, 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean.
This is the largest park in the downtown area of Guayaquil, and occupies four blocks.
The main feature is the monument to the heroes of the Ecuadorian independence, surrounded by other monuments representing history, justice and heroism.
The Pier, known as Malecon 2000 has been transformed into the prettiest and most visited area of Guayaquil. This area has revived the traditional values of Ecuador, while returning the eyes of the people to the river. This new 2.5 km waterfront walk is home to entertainment, culture as well as nature.
The northern section boasts several plazas, water fountains, an antique Ecuadorian train, spaces for aerobics, skating and games for children, and will soon be home to a Planetarium, an anthropological Museum and a Contemporary Art Museum.
A Fortress, complete with cannons, which served to defend Guayaquil against pirate attacks, is also available to explore.
This is the oldest area of the city, it's among the many Ecuador attractions from this city, with wooden houses and cobbled streets dating back to the 1500's, lined along a narrow street with various levels of stairs and steps.
At the top is Plaza Colon, where the cannons that guarded the city against pirates can still be seen. Las Peñas is best viewed bathed in full illumination in the evenings, to enjoy cozy bars, cafés and restaurants.
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The Lowland Quichua culture of the residents of the Centro Quichua Añangu community is a vital part of the Napo Wildlife Center.
The handicrafts made by community members primarily ceramics, woven bags of natural fibers, seed based jewelery and balsa wood carvings is sold at the Bocana site and also at the lodge, where a portion of the bar has been set aside to display the goods.
The two most accessible parrot clay licks in Ecuador are part of the Napo Wildlife Center Reserve. Napo Wildlife has constructed viewing blinds at each of these clay licks so that visitors can comfortably watch as hundreds of parrots and parakeets come to eat the clay that aids in the digestion of their diet of unripe seeds and fruits.
The 120-ft. (36m) high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004 is a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake).
The canopy tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge deep within the forest.
As you ascend the 12 story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the crown of the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds and monkeys.
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