Ecuador Tourist Attractions

Ecuador Tourist Attractions with its Colonial Cities, Indian Markets, Majestic Volcanoes and Stunning Landscapes.

Ecuador has four different regions which makes this country an ideal setting for outdoor activities.


The City of Quito

Quito is regarded as one of the most biodiverse cities in Ecuador.

Within less than two hours of Quito, the range of habitats and ecosystems you can reach is staggering: snow-capped volcanoes, cloud forests, Andean lakes, rainforests, volcanic hot springs, native and eucalyptus forests. Read More About Quito Ecuador Here

The Avenue of the Volcanoes

Ecuador has some of the tallest and most active volcanoes in the world.

Its volcanoes, and accompanying seismic activity, have defined its history in many ways.

Chimborazo Volcano in Riobamba City is known by the local Indians as "Taita," (meaning father). It is the farthest point from the earth's center (due to the bulge at the equator).

Towns such as Latacunga and Riobamba south of Quito have been founded and re-founded over the centuries as a result of earthquakes and lava flows.

You can climb up to its breath-inhibiting refuge at 4,800 m (15,744 ft), within a fauna reserve peopled by shy vicuña.

Cotopaxi Volcano, is one of the best Ecuador tourist attractions. You can drive through the wild and beautiful Cotopaxi National Park up to the parking lot on the mountain itself at 4,600 m (15,332 ft).

Carihauirazo Volcano (16,466 ft) challenges even the most experienced mountaineers.

Altar Volcano is one of the three volcanoes located in the Sangay National Park.

Tungurahua Volcano is famous for its constant volcanic activity since 1999.

Most visitors are delighted to look at it from the Town of Banos with its almost every night firework explosions.

Ecuador Tourist Attractions in Otavalo

The Otavalo Indians are a very prosperous community of skilled textile weavers, who gather to sell their products at the Indian Market in the city of Otavalo.

Otavalo is currently considered one of the most important tourist attractions in Ecuador.

This is due to its ancestral cultural heritage, enriched by millenarian traditions, myths, legends and customs together with Andean landscapes of outstanding beauty: mountains, lakes, waterfalls and rivers.

Cuenca City

It is one of the best guarded treasures of this country. The city has a Spanish Colonial feel.

Its buildings have a well preserved colonial look with colorful balconies.

The city's incredibly preserved history, recently earned the honor of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cuenca's well-preserved history and cultural traditions make it a fascinating Ecuador tourist attraction with a range of hotels and sites of interest.

Latacunga City

This is a nice and tranquil colonial city with many pieces of religious artwork on display.

The town is famous for its Mama Negra celebrations during September of each year.

It is a good starting point for some interesting excursions such as to the Cotopaxi volcano.

It's also the starting point for the Quilotoa loop, and it's the best point from which to visit the Thursday morning market in Saquisili Indian Market.

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Guaranda City

Is a beautiful city located in a deep valley in the Andes Mountains of the Bolivar province.

The February Carnival celebrations are the most traditional and last for up to a week. Guaranda carnivals are considered by many to be listed as one of the major Ecuador tourist attractions.

Ecuador National Parks

Every national park in Ecuador has incredible natural wonders. It is definitively one of the greatest outdoor adventures you can experience.

Here's a list of the most important national parks in Ecuador (worth visiting):

  • Machalilla National Park
  • Cayapas-Mataje
  • Mache-Chindul
  • Cotopaxi National Park
  • Podocarpus National Park
  • Chimborazo National Park
  • Cayambe National Park
  • Pululagua Natural Reserve
  • El Boliche
  • Sangay National Park
  • Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos Islands

No trip to this country should be made without planning a visit to the best of all Ecuador tourist attractions: The Galapagos Islands. These Islands are famous for inspiring Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

You will have the opportunity to observe at very close distances the unique and often unusual characteristics and behavior of the islands birds, reptiles, mammals and fish species not found anywhere else in the world.

You must expect to be visually stimulated and challenged by the unique beauty, natural history and evolutionary processes witnessed on each Galapagos Island.

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