Tops Things To Do In Ecuador

Items for sale at Otavalo markets

Items for sale at Otavalo markets

  • Galapagos Islands – The world-famous Galapagos Islands, 926 km (575 mi) off the Ecuadorian Coast. World-renowned for its unique landscapes and wildlife. Most people visit by travelling and living aboard sail boats for week-long visits. These trips are reasonably pricey but you can save a little money by avoiding these live aboard boat trips and staying on the islands.
  • Cotopaxi Volcano – Is a snow-capped dome Volcano located 50 km from Quito (5,897 m, 19,347 ft high). The volcano is visually stunning. Tours companies organise hikes to the snow-capped peak.
Cotopoxi Volcano, Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

  • Quito – The Capital of Ecuador nestled amongst the Andes at an altitude of 2800 meters. Has a large and impressive old town.
  • Otavalo – Small town a couple of hours north of the Capital, mostly  known for its large Indigenous markets held on Saturdays. If you have room in your bag you can get some excellent crafts here.
  • Baños – Adventure capital of Ecuador, all sorts of cheap adventure tours on offer (and just a nice place). In our opinion one of the best places to visit in Ecuador (and easy to get to from Quito).
Baños, adventure capital of Ecuador

Baños, adventure capital of Ecuador

  • Amazon Rainforest   Not a bad place to visit the Amazon, slightly fewer tourists the Amazon here than in other regions/countries.
  • Guayaquil – Largest and most modern city in Quito. Not much on offer for tourists but frequently visited as a stopover during transit between more touristy locations. Spent three days here  in transit, honestly not sure what tourists are supposed to get up to – head towards the water to find the nicest part of town.
  • Cuenca Old city with a rich history and a lot of old architecture. Popular with American retirees.

This is a list of suggestions for the top things to do in Ecuador, but travel is all about finding something new and unexpected, so go out and do that too!

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  1. April 18, 2014

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