Ecuador is a country located on the American continent, a small territory in the northwestern region of South America. Its size is one of the smallest but with the greatest biodiversity in the world. This country is an enigma because of the different landscapes and climate is majorly influenced by dense jungle, a mountain range with large snow-capped peaks, and beaches where you will feel the warmth of the Pacific. We must not be forgetting the mythical Galapagos Islands, a unique place on the planet with flora and endemic fauna, unlike any other.
The origin of the name of this country is given because in the 18th century the French geodesic mission was developed that settled in the so-called middle of the world since Ecuador is crossed from east to west by the equatorial line that divides the earth in the northern and southern hemisphere. Not only will you find beautiful landscapes, but you will also be involved in the stories, revelries and beautiful odes about the first settlers of this territory, as there are traces of human presence for 13,500 years.
The people of Ecuador have their customs, traditions, festivals, crafts, music, and mysticism that make them cultural centers where you can get to know a different world from what you were used to seeing. Wherever you are, you will always find warm people who will have a story to tell you, an art to show you, and a verse to dedicate to you.
Even so, Ecuador is a place to visit either alone, with your partner or family. And here I will show you the most popular places in this country. Even so, this blog falls short to express all the immensity and beauty of this country. I invite you to travel to Ecuador in search of new adventures.
Bucay, an Adventure in the Mountains
This place is located in the coastal province of Guayas in the General Antonio Elizalde canton, also known as Bucay. This site is the perfect place for those who are looking for outdoor fun and adventure, those who want to feel adrenaline in the practice of sports. You can practice canopy, moving between large trees between 400 and 600 in distance. There are numerous waterfalls of pure and fresh water. You will also listen to the sound of nature, breathe the pure air, and enjoy a view of a natural forest while you walk along its trails.
Ayangue, A Natural Pool
Located in the province of Santa Elena, it is a fishing village, very quiet, and it allows you to enjoy the simplicity and calm that you should surely look for. It is a small place, where the first thing that will attract your attention will be its horseshoe-shaped beach with a dimension of 816 m in length. It seems that it is a natural pool with almost no waves.
Near Ayangue there are beaches that you can access and enjoy the different landscapes of the coastline. Also, you can consume fresh seafood with a unique seasoning that you will surely be delighted.
Montecristi – Cradle of Fine Weavers
Montecristi is a city located in the south-central province of Manabí. It is a city on a hill, 10 minutes from the sea. This site is characterized by receiving hundreds of tourists from the different cruise ships that arrive at the port of the city of Manta adjacent to the city of Montecristi.
The toquilla straw hat weavers live in this city, a hat is known worldwide as Panama Hat (so named because it gained fame in the construction of the Panama Canal), but its origin is actually in Ecuador. Since pre-Columbian times, there are traces of the Aboriginal peoples’ weaving skills reflected in their sculptures. The fine hat is so acclaimed for the quality of its fabric that it makes it comfortable, easy to wear, and durable. It is of purely ecological origin, being an ancient practice it still preserves its artisanal way of elaboration. For more information on Panama Hats visit >> EcuadorianHands
The Great Volcano Cotopaxi
The Volcano is located in the city of the same name Cotopaxi, which means Neck of the Moon. This is the Volcano is the largest in Ecuador with 5,897 meters above sea level. Here you can enjoy sports like mountaineering, hiking on the volcano trails, camping, and enjoying the view. At the top, surrounded by snow, where the sun’s rays hit you directly, you will see how a landscape shines.
This place is known as one of the most beautiful volcanic lagoons in Ecuador. Located in the Andes, specifically in the Pujilí canton, Cotopaxi province. If you visit the Cotopaxi volcano you can take a visit to this charming lagoon. The Quilotoa volcano that houses this great lagoon, always ends up enveloping locals and strangers in its magical landscape. A beautiful sight with a chilly breeze. It invites you to visit it, yes, very warm.
The Diversity of the Yasuni Park
It is a protected area of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Together with Cuyabeno, it is the protected area with the greatest biological diversity on the planet. In other words, its forests have the largest number of trees and shrubs per hectare in the world and consequently the greatest diversity of fauna. Yasuní was declared a biosphere reserve by
UNESCO in 1989. Despite being a somewhat distant place and difficult to access. Only for those adventurers and in search of new experiences it is worth paying the costs that the
transfer and lodging demand. A perfect place for those who want to observe nature in its purest form.
Ecological Reserve Cayambe-Coca
The Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, a site between the mountains and the Amazon, although the access is more through the Andean region. Some routes lead you directly from the Amazon and taste the jungle and humid landscapes of its climate. Through
Lagoagrio and El Coca you can access and discover beautiful lagoons, green landscapes, viewpoints, and other tourist areas and with comfortable conditions to enjoy.
Ecuador is a magical paradise in which there are many destinations to visit. Go ahead and enjoy a beautiful territory with a fascinating culture and traditions, each of the attractions of this country is so diverse.