From snow-capped volcanos to sun-kissed islands of Galapagos, the Republic of Ecuador creates unmissable opportunities for both thrill-seekers and those who are not. With such an incredible diversity running through its veins, Equador may be the coolest and most plentiful place you’ve seen.
And this is what to see and do first.
- Cotopaxi Volcano
The highest active volcanos in the world, Cotopaxi Volcano is a thrill to climb.
In case you don’t have enough time to acclimate (it typically takes one week to get used to the altitude), you can do the next best thing – mountain biking in Ecuador. There’s a whole national park around Cotopaxi to explore, so plan your trip for warmer weather in the summer days and early fall.
- Galapagos Islands
Snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming in the turquoise waters around the Galapagos Islands!
There’s no better way to spend a summer weekend, except for maybe cruising around the pristine islands. Whatever you choose, make sure to leave a day or two and visit the volcanoes, explore the wildlife, and eat until all the seafood is gone. Speaking of which, try a marinated fish dish – ceviche.
- Amazon Jungle
Time moves at a different pace down by the Amazon River, and not only because it’s another time zone. When in Ecuador, visit the Amazon Jungle to experience the stillness of time and meet the people and animals who leave a simpler life. Ecuador’s part of the rainforest is the cheapest to visit.
- Montanita Beaches
A similar kind of chill can be found in Ecuador’s Montanita.
Montanita is the favorite surfing spot in the Republic, loved for its lazy atmosphere and relaxed way of life. Although a tourist destination where drug laws are loosely enforced, Montasita is no place of debauchery. On the contrary, this charming Pacific pueblo is among the most serene spots on Earth.
- Otavalo Market
We can’t say the same about Otavalo Market.
South America’s largest marketplace is bursting with life every day of the week. It’s the busiest on Saturday and Wednesday, though, but the trip is always the same. After a 2-hour ride from Otavalo, you arrive at a pretty little town which is also reportedly home to the best fruit pie in South America.
Other amazing places to visit in Ecuador are its self-named adventure capital Banos, a delightful historic town of Cuenca, a pueblo in a Vallely of Longevity called Vilcabamba, and a mountain trekking trail near Quito – the Quilotoa Loop. Add Ecuador to your bucket list and it’ll not disappoint.