Places of Interest in Ecuador
Ecuador can be divided into 4 regions:
The Highlands, also called the 'Andes' in Ecuador, consist of mountain ranges, foothills and valleys. The famous Cotopaxi Volcano; one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, rising to a height of 19,347 feet above sea level, is without a doubt, the main attraction.
The Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito to Cuenca is also a popular route which can be done in 3-4 days. En route, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views, as you bypass villages and Indian markets. This is ideal if you want to discover the rural Ecuador along with its traditions. But let’s not forget the north region of Quito where you will find Otavalo Market and Mindo Cloud Forest, perfect for bird-watchers. Usually temperatures vary throughout the day and can be humid during the rainy season (October – May) and drier between June and September.
The Ecuadorian Amazon (approx. 50% of the land area) is located east of the Andes and shares its borders with Colombia and Peru.
Its ecosystem is considered to be one of the richest and most complex communities of animal and plant life in the world.
Should you be looking for an adventurous holiday, why not travel by canoe through the jungle to your lodge and sleep amongst the soft sounds of the forest, before waking up to an orchestra of bird music and curious monkeys. You will also be able to integrate with the indigenous communities, who are proud to show you their way of life and traditions.
The Pacific Coast is known not only for its water sports facilities but also for its fascinating mix of historic attractions, dramatic landscapes, modern cities (like Guayaquil), naval history, pre-Inca civilisations, idyllically secluded beaches and its contrasting tropical ecosystems.
Machalilla National Park is the best preserved coastal dry forest reserve in Ecuador. For those who do not have the time to go to the Galapagos Archipelago, we would recommend going to the Isla de la Plata (Silver Island) instead; renowned for its Galapagos-like marine and bird life, home to the blue and red-footed boobies as well as albatross and sea lions. Between June and October you will also encounter humpback whales.