Ecuador is a fascinating country with numerous attractions both natural and manmade; the landscapes are diverse and range from tropical rainforests to volcanoes. Its natural diversity offers opportunities for a wide array of activities such as climbing, walking, canoeing, white water rafting, hiking and trekking. Cultural and historical attractions are also enchanting with a collection of ancient churches, cathedrals and monuments scattered throughout the country.
The Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean are a part of Ecuador and are many people’s reason for visiting. This archipelago is famous for its remoteness and unique flora and fauna made famous by Charles Darwin who spent much time here researching and documenting species found here. The natural beauty of the Galapagos will inspire you just as it has inspired many great poets, writers and artists before. Take a trip to the coastal town of Montanita, which boasts of the most scenic coastline in the region and is home to fabulous resorts, surfing and lively nightlife. If you are seeking more than just beaches and nightlife, the historic town of Tena right in the Amazon jungle is a great destination to base yourself for adventurous activities such as canoeing, whitewater rafting and kayaking. Banos is also a great destination for exploring the Amazon and you have an opportunity to see waterfalls, active Tungurahua volcano and thermal springs. Then you have the capital Quito or Cuenca if you fancy some colonial city action.
Ecuador appeals to many travelers, whether you are backpacking or taking a luxurious holiday, you can have the best of both worlds in this underrated escape.