Visit the Galapagos – One of the World’s Best Wildlife Destinations
The volcanic islands that inspired Charles Darwin are still inspiring many today. This is a wonderful place to learn more abut wildlife under and above the water, and to get some insight not only into the mechanics of the natural world, but also into the problems mankind has created on this planet. With endless wildlife wonders to see – no wonder this place frequently tops lists of the world’s best wildlife destinations. www.travelrows.com
Goggle At Ecuador’s Other Natural Wonders
Beyond the Galapagos, however, Ecuador also boasts many more amazing top and nature-lover destinations that are perfect for an eco-tourism adventure. Visitors could consider climbing Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, or hiking through the rural central highlands to reach Laguna Quilotoa, an amazing green crater lake amid the peaks. You could also consider exploring the bleak yet beautiful high-altitude grassland wilderness of the páramo.
On a smaller but no less impressive scale, orchids are another of Ecuadors natural wonders. This country has more of them than any other country on earth and there are several places to see them at their best.
Take an Ecuadorian City Break
Colonial Cuenca is, perhaps, Ecuador’s most charming city, with its impressive churches and attractive cobbled streets. But you could also consider a city break in Quito, with its magnificent churches, monasteries and convents. For something a little different to the norm, you could also consider a city break to allow you to explore the recently rejuvenated and transformed Malecon 2000 of the city of Guayaquil, which has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Or to have fun after dark – read here more: Ecuador nightlife
Experience Ecuador’s History & Culture at its Best
Amongst Ecuador’s many fascinating historic sites, the best-preserved Inca ruins of Ingapirca are most definitely a highlight. Those with an interest in history and culture should also be sure to visit the Museo del Banco Central – the nation’s leading museum. For thriving Ecuadorian culture in action, you could consider attending the Mama Negra Fiesta in Latacunga, one of the country’s best festivals, or visiting its most colourful and impressive artisanan markets – Otavalo.
Enjoy a Thrillseeking Ecuador Adventure
Ecuador’s wild and rugged landscapes make it perfect for adventure. Hikes and other outward bound pursuits can be enjoyed in many locations across the country – Banos is one cool and fantastic mountain town which can be used as a base for such adventures. There are not only plenty of hikes but also plenty of opportunities for cycling, or rafting, in the region. Horse riding adventures also offer an amazing way to explore Ecuador’s vast, sweeping landscapes.
You could also enjoy the mountains in a different way – on one of the most thrilling train rides in the world – the Nariz del Diablo train ride over the ‘Devil’s Nose’ in the Andes mountains.
Of course, there are plenty more things to see and do in Ecuador. But these highlights listed above should give you a place to start when planning your own Ecuador vacation.