Excursions in Ecuador

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Ecuador is a country of incredible diversity, with pristine islands, historical buildings and thrilling adventure sports. But how do you know where to start?

For a first introduction, consider a short stay in Quito or Cuenca. They’re both excellent starting points for exploring the rest of this fascinating nation.

1. Quito

Quito is Ecuador's capital city and is a top tourist destination in the country. Whether you stay in the historic center or La Mariscal, there's plenty to see and do in this lively city.

The old town is home to beautiful buildings that have shaped the history of Ecuador and its people. Here, you'll find a mix of European and indigenous architecture that blends into the fabric of the city.

One of the most popular attractions in Quito is the Basilica del Voto Nacional, a magnificent church that towers over the city. The church houses the tombs of two of the country's most important citizens, and has a stunning view from its towers.

2. Banos

Banos is a tiny town in Ecuador that is known as the "Adventure Capital of Ecuador." You can visit over 60 waterfalls, hot springs, and rivers.

One of the most popular places to visit in Banos is the Pailon del Diablo, or "The Devil's Cauldron" waterfall, which is a spectacular cascade that thunders through lush canyon walls into the Rio Pastaza below. You can visit this waterfall on a bike tour or by grabbing a taxi from Banos, but it's also possible to visit on your own.

Banos is home to several stalls on the streets that serve up tasty street food. If you're a fan of sweets, be sure to try melcocha, which is a sugar can candy that hangs off hooks on door frames outside of local candy shops.


3. Cotopaxi

Home to Ecuador’s famous Cotopaxi Volcano, Cotopaxi National Park is a natural wonderland of sweeping plains, rocky mountain trails and glistening lakes. A trip to this stunning protected area in the highlands of Ecuador is a must-do.

Its snow-capped peak rises to a height of 5.897 meters, making it one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and an iconic symbol of Ecuador. A hike to the summit is a popular activity, but it can be challenging for some travelers.

There are several ways to get to Cotopaxi, including day-trips from Quito and Banos. The cheapest option is to take a bus, but it can be difficult to find a bus that will drop you close to the entrance of the park.


4. Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba, also known as 'The Valley of Longevity' is a beautiful town that sits at an elevation of 5000 feet. It has a stunning climate and offers some of the best hiking opportunities in Ecuador.

Its location, high above the Andes mountains, allows for a subtropical climate that is ideal for visitors seeking a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The town has a laid back feel, attracting some very eccentric characters who you can interact with in the centre's cobblestone streets and around Parque Central.

One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Mandango Trail, which winds around two mountain peaks with incredible views across Vilcabamba. The hike takes around four hours, and one of the mountains is called 'The Sleeping Inca' as it looks like a face lying down!


5. Cuenca

Cuenca is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage city that offers something for everyone. From cultural, adventurous, informative, and natural activities; to great food, friendly locals, and a warm climate.

  • This thriving city is known for its colonial architecture, Andean culture, and consistently pleasant weather. It is also becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in Ecuador for both expats and retirees.
  • A great way to begin your visit is with a free walking tour around the main square, Parque Calderon. It is a wonderful introduction to the city's sights and sounds, and you can learn about the European influence on this largely Indigenous city.
  • A very enjoyable leisurely stroll along the River Tomebamba is another great way to see some of Cuenca's best colonial architecture. It is a pleasant stretch of grassy riverbank, lined with trees and dotted with cafes and restaurants with spectacular views over the town center.

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