Ecuador Tourism

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.

The Capital City

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.

Ecuador Volcanoes

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

City of Banos

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

City of Otavalo

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

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.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


More About Ecuador

Where is Ecuador Located?

Ecuador Indian Trails

Whale Watching in Ecuador

Ecuador Exports

Galapagos Land Tours

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