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Best known as the gateway to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is in fact packed full of many other dazzling wonders that never fail to surprise its visitors. Sitting on the Equator between Colombia and Peru, this small country in the very middle of the world is home to stunning colonial towns, fascinating history, white-sand beaches, Amazonian rainforest and breathtaking Andes backdrops, making it a destination full of contrasts that are just as astounding as its famously unique biodiversity.
Nature lovers are simply spoiled for choice in Ecuador. From marvelling at the Cotopaxi Volcano to the wildlife haven of the Ecuadorian Amazon, soaking in the steaming waters of Papallacta, whale watching in Isla de la Plata, hiking and birdwatching in one of the country's many National Parks, and of course - discovering the incredible wildlife and stunning landscapes in the land of evolution itself - the wondrous Galapagos Islands, this really is a country guaranteed to delight. But it's not only nature that Ecuador excels at. There's colonial architecture, bustling colourful markets and a fascinating cultural history to be found throughout beautiful Andean villages, and the cities of both Quito and Cuenca are not only a joy to explore, but are both recognised UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Not sure how to choose which of Ecuador's many highlights to fit into your trip? Don't worry, this is where Latin Routes can help! Our friendly Travel Specialists have travelled extensively throughout Latin America and know the continent like the back of their hands, so they will be able to make the perfect recommendations - and plan your perfect itinerary - based on all the things that are most important to you. And not only can we tailor-make a Truly Individual Holiday to Ecuador just for you, but we also operate Escorted Group Tours, where we've crafted incredible itineraries and have passionate expert tour leaders ready to guide you around this spectacular country in the company of like-minded travellers. So however you want to experience Ecuador - we're here, ready to create your perfect adventure.
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Located 900km off the coast of Ecuador mainland is the unique archipelago of volcanic islands called the Galapagos Islands. Home to an incredibly unique eco system, the Galapagos Islands allows you to be amongst some of the most unique species of animals and birds in the world. Snorkel amongst the turtles and penguins or walk amongst the birds and iguanas, every day on the Galapagos is unique and sure to offer many unforgettable memories. Find out more about the Galapagos Islands.
Head 2 ½ hours north of Quito and you will discover Ecuador’s cloud forest and area that is very famous for unique views and amazing birds. There are a small selection of places to stay from the rustic to the luxurious but each day you spend here will be rewarded with ever changing views and an abundance of wildlife in an area that feels a little more off the beaten track. Find our more about the Mindo Cloud Forest.
Cuenca is a fascinating colonial city full of charm and character - so much so it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A little more intimate and charming than its rival Quito, a visit to Cuenca will be well rewarded with an abundance of handicrafts, flowers and souvenirs from the cities endless boutiques and markets. For the evening you will also find some of Ecuador’s best restaurants here too.
Adventures lovers should head to Banos in the heart of Ecuador’s “Volcano Alley.” Here the attractive village offers some great views of the surrounding area but here you will find any number of adventure activities including white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, walking and mountain biking. Stay a day or spend the week, there is so much to do in this great place.
Quito is a big and bustling city and full of great attractions and Ecuadorian spirit. The historic district is full of charm and has UNESCO World Heritage status. Here you will find a wealth of beautiful churches and cathedrals to explore along with interesting museums and art galleries. For the evening you can head over to the lively La Mariscal district which is home to restaurants and bars frequented by locals as well as travellers from across the world.
Fly to the town of Coca and you will find here the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. It is argued that Ecuador is the best place for wildlife in the whole of the Amazon Rainforest and it is certainly home to an abundance of birds, monkeys, caiman and more. There is a number of lodges in the rainforest each with their own expert guides waiting to take you into the canopy and explore the delights the rainforest has to offer
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