Ecuador is a land of rich cultural and historical attractions, all set within a backdrop of natural wonders, with landscapes that range between lush, tropical rainforests and glaciated volcanoes. Whether exploring the exquisite churches of the nation’s capital, Quito, or whether whitewater rafting down pristine tributaries of the great river Amazon, visitors to the nation that straddles the Earth’s equator will come away with great travel memories.
Why Quito? Well, you surely cannot afford to miss the renowned capital city crowned as yet another World Heritage Site with public squares, informative giant museums and churches dating back to almost two centuries! Famous for the historic buildings and grand structures displaying a peek into the old forms of architecture, the palaces around the city like the Carondolet Palace and the Presidential Palace stand proud in all glory. You can also stop by to admire Archbishop’s Palace and Municipal Palace while exploring Quito’s popular cathedrals like Basílica del Voto Nacional and churches like La Compania de Jesus Church and San Francisco Church.
Heading to Ecuador requires a must-visit to this spectacular loop, which connects several hiking trails crossing the remote villages of Andean, offering you the gorgeous views of the famous crater lake. You can of course, take a bus to shorten your hike and tour around the villages but missing out on the splendid views that you can cover on your hike, is not something we would advise.
Cyabeno wildlife reserve:
The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve,will appeal to travelers who want to combine the scenic beauty of tropical scenery with wildlife viewing. The reserve is home to more than 500 species of birds and 15 species of monkeys as well as tapirs, caimans, butterflies and anacondas, plus lots of other animals and insects. Located in the Andean foothills of Orellana Province, it is the second largest of Ecuador’s national parks and reserves.
Ecuador’s southern coastal region boasts scenic shorelines and world-famous beach resorts, including the popular Montanita. Montanita Town was a sleep fishing village until the international surfing community discovered the area’s exceptional surfing conditions. Montanita is known for its nightlife as well, with nightclubs, bars and cafés to entertain locals and visitors alike.