Things to do in Ecuador
Being such a diverse country, obviously there is such a scale of things to do in Ecuador that one will probably not get the chance to do them all in one trip. Nevertheless in case you would like to start planning, here are some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador.
Visit the Galapagos Islands;
The Galapagos Islands; probably the most important Ecuador tourist attraction the country has to offer and ecological seen one of the most important areas in the world. This archipelago made up out of several small and larger islands is besides a geologically active and amazing sight is also home to several species of birds, mammals and reptiles only found on these islands. The Islands themselves also make quite the site to see. Build on volcanic rocks and still active volcanoes, the Galapagos Islands represent some of the more active places on this globe. Visiting these islands is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Ecuador.
Visit Quito and the middle of the world monument
Lending its name from its location, Ecuador is obviously is quite influenced by its closeness to the Equator. This is one of the few places on the earth where the equator runs through a mountainous area. It crosses the Andes at about 28 km north of Quito, Making Quito one of the capitals closest to the Equator in the world. Quito, another main Ecuador tourist attraction is also known for its historical city centre, one of the oldest in South America. Located on the Equator you will find another of the Ecuador tourist attractions; The Middle of the World Museum. This museum is located on what was thought to be the Equator but later on in the GPS era, they found out that the Equator was located 500 meters to the north. This is where strangely enough one can find an ancient Inca Ruin, precisely located on the Equator. You can also find a small local museum here were some of the famous Equator tests can be taken.
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s biggest city with a population of over 3 million it also is the country’s economically most thriving city. The city has a mild savanna like climate all year round with temperatures almost never below 20° Celsius. Humidity is relatively high giving the city a bit of a jungle feel to it. The city has a colonial centre, but is elaborated with more modern neighborhoods and parks. One of the most important sights of the city and one of the new Ecuador tourist attractions is the Malecon 2000, a beautiful boardwalk connecting the city along the river Guayas. This boardwalk holds besides the usual cafes and parks, some of Ecuador’s best museums, such as the Anthropological Museum. Another sight is the Guayas Ship docked at the Malecon.
Visit Baños and its waterfalls;
Based in the Central Cordillera, part of the Andes and known for its high number of volcanoes this part of Ecuador is known for its impressive landscape and the many thermal hot springs in the region. Being a region in between the low jungle and the high Andes Mountains, the region is characterized by a large number of spectacular waterfalls and rapid currents. Besides being quite the sight, this is also the place for another of the many adventurous things to do in Ecuador; Wild River rafting and canopying.
See some of the many volcanoes in Ecuador;
Ecuador mainland and the Galapagos Islands together hold almost 50 active and non active volcanoes. Ecuador also holds some of the highest volcanoes in the world such as the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcano. Another Ecuador tourist attraction is visiting the avenue of volcanoes, an area from where many of the volcanoes can be seen some from close by.
Visit “El Oriente” Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest;
The Ecuadorian Rainforest, locally known as “El Oriente” makes up almost half of the country and like in the other Amazon Rainforest countries, is very little populated. The region holds many species of fauna and flora. The main mode of transport in the region is by river, the main Amazon Rivers in Ecuador are the Napo and Putumayo River. There are some really nice eco lodges to be found here where one can really grasp the essence of living in the Amazon Rainforest.