Vacation In Ecuador Beaches Vacation is about the beach. The tropical sun, the moist sand, and those welcoming waters…
The Ecuadorian beaches are the most amazing place in the world. They have never been so busy and beautiful, than in recent years. Delightful exoticism and great moments await you always!
While there are many people who like to remain at the same place for their vacation, there are also a good number of people who go to new places for their vacations. Vacationing has several benefits apart from relaxation and rest from routine life. It will also help in improving personalities of people. If you like adventure and fun, you should visit Ecuador. It is considered as one of the best places around the world if you plan on spending your vacation somewhere new.
Ecuador is an amazing destination for a vacation destination. Ecuador has everything from nature activities to historical tourist attractions. If you are planning a vacation to Ecuador, there are various things that you should know including its topography, climate, and culture.
Vacation In Ecuador Beaches
Galapagos islands, Quito colonial city, Cotopaxi volcano, Beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, the Amazonia… Ecuadors offer a great variety of ecotourism places that allow you to have memorable experiences as an alternative to your typical vacation filled with shopping malls and cruise ships. So lets start visiting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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