Vacation In Ecuador All Inclusive

A relaxing vacation in Ecuador All Inclusive is the perfect way to relieve stress, escape real life, forget about your worries and fall in love with nature. Is it difficult to imagine yourself on a cozy beach drinking coconut water or even watching an exotic show prepared for you by talented artists? Nothing could be more attractive than a tropical island with pristine white sand and softly swaying coconut trees.

Travel companies advertising their Ecuador vacation packages as “all inclusive” may not be telling you the whole story. This guide covers everything you need to know about the all-inclusive vacation in Ecuador. Enjoy!

In this post I’ll summarize why tourism is the fastest growing economic activity in Ecuador and what popular tourist destinations are present in the country.

Ecuador has become one of the most popular travel destinations of late. The combination of Ecuador’s colonial architecture, diverse wildlife and rich natural resources draws travelers worldwide. A sense of peacefulness encompasses every region, as well as a feeling of majesty and well-being.

Ecuador is a country located in northwestern South America and is part of the equator. Ecuador borders the Pacific Ocean and is bordered by Colombia to the north, Peru to the east and south, and by Brazilian Amazon (State of Amazonas) to the west.

Vacation In Ecuador All Inclusive

Have you been looking for a vacation destination that offers fabulous beaches, great weather, and a price that won’t break the bank? Consider Ecuador. It’s a South American country with a North American feel, located in the northwest of South America and bordering Columbia. This country is full of diversity – from tropical rainforests to the Amazon Basin to Andean peaks (the highest one, Antisana, rises 46910 feet high above sea level). There are fantastic green mountains and 1500 volcanoes that erupted as recently as last year.

Located on the equator in northwest South America, Ecuador is known for its great biodiversity, high altitude capital city, Andean history, and exciting array of activities for families, couples, and backpackers. Here are 15 amazing things to do and see while backpacking Ecuador or simply visiting Ecuador on vacation! 

1. Hike To The Quilotoa Lagoon 

If you’re looking for amazing places to visit in Ecuador, visit Quilotoa! This jaw-dropping volcano is perfect for taking stunning photos of its glowing green lagoon and embarking on a challenging hike into (and out of) the crater. Quilotoa stands over 12,500 feet high so prepare to take it slow and steady for an enjoyable experience. 

Black travel blogger backpacking Ecuador and hiking the Quilotoa crater with a backdrop of the Qilotoa lagoon.

I used a reputable tour company called Ecuatraveling for my Quilotoa day trip and enjoyed the full-day experience as a group trip. I’m smiling in the photo but this was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever had to do, thanks to the soft volcanic sand and my not-so-great cardio skills (hello, high altitude). I was the last to make it back up!

EcuaTraveling provided me with a press pass for this particular trip, but it usually costs $50 per person. As part of the tour package we visited a local market, Andean home in the mountains, and ate traditional Andean food (amazing soup) at the end of the hike.

2. Explore The Cloud Forest In Mindo

Less than two hours from Quito, visit the cloud forest 7,200 feet above sea level in Mindo, Ecuador. During your visit, you can explore a vast community of hummingbirds, and learn about bird life and the subtropical rainforest ecosystem. 

Humming birds drinking from a feeder in the cloud forest of Mindo, Ecuador

In an effort to support sustainable tourism, I took a day trip and visited the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve to hike one of their 20 hiking trails and take advantage of bird photography opportunities. Serious bird watchers should definitely look into this one. 

I liked that the trails were not strenuous; great low to medium impact activity for older travelers or those with physical limitations/injuries.

3. Cruise Around The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is famous for inspiring Charles Darwin’s evolution theory. Home to over 200 known species, nature and wildlife enthusiasts flock to these volcanic islands to cross the world-famous excursion off their bucket list.

With 18 major islands dotted across just over 3,000 square miles, small ship cruises are the only way to truly encounter Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.

Seals on the beach in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

Visitors love that the range of flora and fauna found in the Galapagos differs from island to island. As documented in The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin found that animals adapted genetically to a given island’s unique ecosystem. Report ad

Thanks to its remote location and UNESCO/National Park designation, the wildlife of the Galapagos is both plentiful and peaceful. Penguins, sea lions, giant tortoises, and marine iguanas are mostly unafraid of humans.

And, as confirmed by Bret and Mary of Green Global Travel, the snorkeling and diving opportunities there are spectacular!

4. Visit The Beautiful City Of Quito, Ecuador

Quito is one of the prettiest South American cities I’ve been to (I’d say a close second to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia) – and at over 9,000 feet in altitude, also the highest capital city in the world.

Backpacking Ecuador and standing at a high view point in Quito overlooking the city.
Quito in everyday life.

With the exception of everyone being drastically shorter than me (I’m 5’9″) I rarely felt out of place and loved exploring the city. I stayed at a modern apartment in the safe neighborhood of La Floresta and often took the street metro to get around.

Top sites to see and things to do in Quito:

  • shopping in Old Town
  • visit Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (basically a church with gold interior that you can’t photograph to prove you were there)
  • visit Iglesia la Basilica (Gothic church that took FOREVER to complete)
  • Casa de la Cultura
  • the Government Palace (gorgeous!!!!! and passport required)
  • Plaza Grande

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