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Ecuador: Itineraries & tips

"Ecuador is best known for the Galapagos Islands, a string of islands made famous by Charles Darwin for their unique wildlife."traveladdicts.net
"Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth."travelettes.net
"Ecuador is ideal for families looking for a cultural vacation filled with nature, adventure, new foods and new customs."ciaobambino.com
"Ecuador is best known for the Galapagos Islands but this tiny country is also a prime departure point to explore the Amazon."zewanderingfrogs.com
"Ecuador is one of the most peaceful and safest countries in Latin America."travelsauro.com
"Ecuador is a huge producer of flowers - particularly roses - for the world market."explorationvacation.net

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Ecuador at a glance

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Best itineraries

At Ecuador in South America you will begin your route. The focus is mainly on not so famous cities.
The itinerary visits mainly very big cities. You can take a bath in Puerto Ayora. If you love to visit museums you will be happy at
Quito (plan Quito itineraries) and Guayaquil (more about Guayaquil itineraries). If you love to make party you will be happy at Montanita. You can pay with Sucre everywhere. During your travel you have to speak Spanish . And if you speak only english it could be an adventure. There are two flight connections. These are Puerto Ayora - Quito (more about Quito itineraries) and Montanita - Puerto Ayora.
This itinerary proceeds through Ecuador, South America. The focus is mainly on not so famous cities.
The itinerary visits mainly very big cities. You can take a bath in Salinas. Do you like museums? Then you will enjoy
Quito and Guayaquil. At Montanita you can enjoy nightlife. During your travel you have to speak Spanish . And if you speak only english it could be an adventure.
This itinerary proceeds through Ecuador (South America).
The itinerary visits mainly very big cities. Do you like museums? Then you will enjoy
Quito (Quito in detail) and Guayaquil (plan Guayaquil itineraries). At Montanita you can enjoy nightlife. During your travel you have to speak Spanish . And if you speak only english it could be an adventure.
This itinerary proceeds through South America, more precisely Ecuador. The focus is mainly on not so famous cities.
Do you like museums? Then you will enjoy
Guayaquil and Quito. During your travel you have to speak Spanish . And if you speak only english it could be an adventure.
This itinerary brings you through Ecuador and it is a roundtrip from Alianza Cristiana. The focus is mainly on not so famous cities.
During your travel you have to speak Spanish . And if you speak only english it could be an adventure.
At Ecuador, South America, you will begin your itinerary and it is a roundtrip from Alianza Cristiana. The focus is mainly on not so famous cities.
The itinerary visits mainly very big cities. You can take a bath in Manta. You find the nightlife at Montanita. These flight connections are taken during this route: Alianza Cristiana -
Guayaquil and Manta - Alianza Cristiana. During your travel you have to speak Spanish . And if you speak only english it could be an adventure. You can pay with Sucre everywhere.

Things to do

We’ve put together a list of 10 awesome things to do in Ecuador, so that no matter what your travel budget or style, you’ll want to place Ecuador on your South America itinerary. ...

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Despite the size of the country the places to see in Ecuador are very diverse due to the fact that the country is blessed with one of the highest biological diversity in the world. Before any trip to Ecuador I highly recommend learning at least some basic Spanish, I used the online language courses from Babbel before ...

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More Places to See in Ecuador?

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From white beaches to smoking volcanoes, jungle and giant turtles, Ecuador has it all. Despite its small size, it has a lot to offer. As I said, Ecuador has it all. They can be found almost everywhere on the islands and are not shy at all.

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San Francisco (San Francisco in detail) de Quito (see itineraries), the capital of Ecuador, has become one of the most exciting cities in Latin America lately. Although being a small capital, when you compare it to the rest of South America, it has the largest and best-preserved historical centres on the whole continent. Quito is located on the Guayllabamba ...

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Things to do at Quito

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Eat & drink

When I thought of Ecuador, I thought of the Galapagos Islands, of giant turtles, sea lions and white sand beaches. And of volcanoes and beaches, and the second-highest capital in the world But after spending a few weeks travelling around the country, I have gotten to know the most typical Ecuadorian dishes and ..

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As mentioned before, the geography of Ecuador determines what people eat in different parts of the country. With the large, mountainous region in the middle of the country of Ecuador, they have the ability to grow many crops in the Andes, in particular potatoes, corn, and a root type vegetable like yucca.

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✦ What are Ecuadorian Foods like?

✦ Foods of Ecuador: A Great Variety

✦ Ecuadorian Foods: Langoustines

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Acclimatize gradually to avoid getting altitude sickness, which is a common complaint among those who fly to Quito (see itineraries), which is sitting at an elevation of 2850m. Aside from elevation, you also need to get ample protection against mosquitoes, which are carriers of various diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever.

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A beautiful city along blue waters where you can treat yourself to the holiday you deserve for a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere? Hmm, you got me. ...

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Worth to visit

You might wonder why looking at the best places to visit in Ecuador might be worth your time. Just some of the reasons include: ...

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It’s the only day when you can see the animal market! The animal market is a truly amazing experience, but it might seem a bit surreal. There are sounds of squealing pigs and guinea pigs reluctantly being taken home by their new owners. You can even purchase a cow or two if you ...

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This is a salsa bar that we stumbled into before we knew about Leprechaun Bar. They had cheap shots of tequila that we downed before moving on to Leprechaun Bar. This place had a very local crowd and we were definitely the odd ones out but it was still ...

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General

This year I visited Ecuador for the first time. Besides Quito and Galapagos, I didn’t know much about the country. But, once I stepped into it, Ecuador delivered much more than I expected. To say that Ecuador is beautiful is an understatement. It is a country that with its biodiversity and ..

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30 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Ecuador”

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Ecuador may often get overlooked for its flashier neighbors, but this small South American nation packs a punch. Mountain, ocean, jungle, cities, Ecuador offers it all in a neat little package. From the glitzy streets of Mariscal Sucre in Quito to the rapid currents of Río Negro where the Andes meet the Amazon, ...

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Ecuador is one of the most unique countries in South America, brimming with fantastic natural landscapes and bustling metropolitan cities. The tap water in Ecuador is not safe to drink, so you’ll need to make sure you take extra precautions while keeping hydrated. It even comes with a built-in filter as a layer of ...

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17 Top Ecuador Packing List Items for 2020 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

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We’ve got a post listing out the 30 things nobody tells you about backpacking in Ecuador , but it’s not necessarily the most practical list.

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Practical Information About Vilcabamba

Practical Information About Baños

Practical Information About Quito

Practical Information About The Quilotoa Loop

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Itinerary

I know it can be hard to plan a trip. After traveling for more than 30 years I DO know just how hard. It’s not only about deciding what to see, but also what works out in terms of time and connections. In Ecuador, this can be particularly stressful, because not all areas are easily accessible.

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A sea lion underwater in the Galapagos Islands. A sea lion underwater in the Galapagos Islands. Visiting the Galapagos is a key part of any trip to Ecuador. Oran (Oran itineraries)ge butterfly at a butterfly farm in Mindo. Orange butterfly at a butterfly farm in Mindo. ...

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Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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Ecuador is a small country located in South America. It is right on the equator and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Colombia and Peru (see itineraries). You will mostly find very many climbers, adventure seekers, nature lovers and trekkers visiting this country. Ecuador is known for its large ecological forests, the world-famous ...

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With Ecuador’s pristine landscapes and crip fresh air, you’ll probably be wondering which places are worth your precious time. Many backpackers traveling through South America manage to find peace and tranquility within Ecuador’s borders. However, if you are very sensitive to heat, humidity, and ..

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Costs

↑ Banyos, a cute little town in the middle of volcanic mountain ranges and with spectacular views. Reading descriptions of this town in two guidebooks, I was convinced that Baños was a town for Gap-year kids, full of noisy gringo parties and uninteresting stuff like that. ? Officially known as Baños de Agua Santa, ...

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This country is located on the equator, and you guess it right. Mugging is also happening in this country. You should go around with many people beside you, because it is safer that way. It means it is colder on higher places and warmer in the coast. So this means May is the best time to visit Ecuador.

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Ecuador is one of the most budget-friendly countries in South America. Street food is ridiculously cheap and quite good. Also you can get multicourse lunch or dinners for as low as $1.75 USD per person quite easily. Speaking of which, Ecuador uses the USD as its official currency which is great for travelers from the ...

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We managed to climb the volcano for $130 per person total. This included the guide+ equipment rental+ Jose Ribas shelter+ transport (bus + $ 25 ...

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Accommodation

As far as South American destinations go, mainland Ecuador goes largely under the radar. I’ve met hordes of backpackers that opted to fly from Peru to Colombia or vice versa just because they thought Ecuador was worth skipping over entirely. Not only is it a beautiful property tucked away in the remote mountains of ...

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Era al aire libre, pero climatizada, así que nada mejor después de un extenso día de trabajo en la oficina que ir un ratito al sauna, pileta climatizada y después jacuzzi al aire libre. Un lujo, no lo podíamos creer! ...

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There are over 200 hostels in Baños which gives you a lot of options. Just walking around the town, you inevitably stumble into dozens and dozens of these hostels. However, the best ones in town based on my personal experiences and word of mouth are the ones ...

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Community Hostel Baños

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. as a reliable mid-range hotel. This is another old home near the historic district that has been fully renovated with modern furnishing and amenities but still retains a flavor of the past. It’s a small boutique property with personalized service. ...

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More about Ecuador

Sightseeing in Ecuador
The two worlds seem to meet in Ecuador or the city on the Equator. Ecuador Sightseeing therefore has the flavor and color of both the worlds in its architecture, its ecology, history and culture. Following are the most revered Sightseeing spots in Ecuador: In Otavalo -The world famous market place in Otavalo is a heaven for textiles and fabrics which are available at low prices. The nearby villages like the Peguche, San Jose de la Bolsa, Selva Alegra are the centers which expertise in the above. -Otavalo (plan Otavalo itineraries) is also known for its harvest or thanks giving festival called the Fiesta de Yamor. This festival dates back to the Inca civilization. -San Pablo, Majonda and Yahuarcocha lakes and specifically the lake formed by the crater of Cotachachi volcano, also known as the lake of the gods. -Cotacachi or Cayapas ecological reserve. Avenue of the Volcanoes is a valley 325 kilometers long, situated between the Cordilla ranges. This snow-capped beauty presents a spectral aura against the green equatorial lushness. Chimborazo means the 'mountain of snow'. The mountain was considered to be the highest in the world until Mount Everest was discovered. Cotopaxi National Park: The areas surrounding the giant ecstasy of the highest active volcano Cotopaxi has been turned into a National Park which inhabits rare plants and animals like the wild horse, the llama etc. Some of the other Ecuador volcanoes are Guagua Pichincha, Tungurahua, Reventador and Sangay. Ecuador Amazon is also known as the 'Oriente' and is hot and wet all the year round.The average temperature is 30 degrees. The sightseeing spots in The Amazon region are the Cuyabano Wildlife reserve in the province of Sucumbios, Sumaco volcano and Jatun Sacha which is a rain forest reserve in the Napo province, Omaere which is an ethnobotanical park in the province of Pastaza. Antizana Glacier San Vicente volcano is also known as the Chichontepec and has not erupted in historic times. Canoa beach area The Los Frailes beach which is one among the most popular beaches in the world. Beach town of Atacames If you are tired of these sightseeing trips and want to rest, Hosteria San Jorge is the best place .It is the only mountain resort with a huge natural preserve, encouraging ecotourism and conservation in Ecuador. Ecuador is a complete package for an ideal holiday. Come, relax and enjoy the Ecuador Sightseeing.