Straddling the dividing line between the northern and southern hemispheres, Ecuador is aptly named equator in Spanish. The only country on earth named after a geographical feature, it stretches from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the most intricate flora of the Amazon, and all the way to the Galapagos Islands 600 miles off the coast. These natural wonders, combined with tremendous pre-Columbian and colonial history and friendly people, make Ecuador one of the most popular destinations in South America. Whether you’re hoping to spot blue-footed boobies or take in the plazas of Quito, we think you’ll find something to love in this small but incredibly diverse country!
One of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ecuador’s capital city of Quito was originally built in the sixteenth century on the ruins of an Incan city. Today it retains its colonial past and features a nice blend of modern offerings. Depending on how much time…
Made famous by Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking Theory of Evolution, the Galápagos Islands are one of Ecuador’s most well-known treasures. Located 600 miles off the coast, each of the 19 islands features a unique landscape ranging from black…
Like a great spine rising from the back of the country, the mighty Andes are Ecuador’s most intense geographical feature. In fact, the 20,564-foot peak of Chimborazo is the highest point from the center of the earth, thanks to the equatorial bulge that pushes the mountain…
Ecuador contains only two percent of the Amazon Rainforest, but it is a popular draw for travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of this amazing ecosystem in conjunction with the rest of their stay. Dive into the jungle in Yasuni National Park, a nearly 4,000-square-mile…
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city, and located on the coast, all flights to the Galápagos Islands depart from here. But there is much to do in this thriving metropolis and its surrounding areas! Stroll the city’s urban renewal project, the 1.5-mile Malecón 2000…
Possibly the most beautiful colonial city in Ecuador, Cuenca is another of South America’s charismatic cities bursting with history and modern embellishments. Ancient civilizations like the Cañari and Inca called this beautiful area home long before the Spanish…