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Ecuador is known for the picturesque Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforests, colonial centers, and breathtaking heights of the Andes. It is filled with cultural splendor and the best treasure any country could hope for: kind-hearted, generous and welcoming people.
Ecuador or Republic of Ecuador is a representative democratic republic of South America, located on the west coast of the continent, between Peru and Colombia. The republic also includes Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, situated about 1,000 kilometers from the mainland. It is known for the picturesque Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforests, colonial centers, and breathtaking heights of the Andes
Historical wealth and colourful culture
Ecuador may be a small country in size compared to its neighbours, but it is filled with cultural splendor and the best treasure any country could hope for: kind-hearted, generous and welcoming people.
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Ecuador or Republic of Ecuador is a representative democratic republic of South America, located on the west coast of the continent, between Peru and Colombia. The republic also includes Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, situated about 1,000 kilometers from the mainland. It is known for the picturesque Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforests, colonial centers, and breathtaking heights of the Andes.
Ecuador has evident historical wealth; from traditional Kichwa villages, to colonial cathedrals and other monuments. Visit one of the many museums to relive the past and learn all about the Ecuadorian fascinating culture. Ecuador is on of the Latin American countries that is home to the Kichwa people, also known as Quechuas. They are an ethnic group of native Americans, believed to be descendants of the Indians as their language an history dictates. Their unique culture is evident in many parts of Ecuador, distinctly recognisable due to their traditional colourful clothes, ponchos, and hats.
The historic centers of Quito and Cuenca are lined with beautiful plazas, 17th centure monasteries and churches, as well as magnificent mansions. Wander through cobblestone roads and witness the architectural treasures from the Spanish colonisation, while taking a trip into the past. Away from the cities you will find scenic Andean villages, renowned for their traditional busy markets and beautiful colourful textiles, displayed everywhere you go. Visit one of the remote settlements in the Amazon, where Shamans still harvest the traditional rainforest medicines of their ancestors. Don’t miss out on the delicious fresh seafood dishes, best enjoyed in one of the Afro-Ecuadorian towns while gazing at the sunset.
If you are the adventurous type, take a trek into the Andes where you will feel like you have transcended into a fairytale. Enjoy the magnificent view all the way, and be truly rewarded by scaling the mountain all the way to the top. These verdant landscapes make the perfect setting for mountain biking, horse riding or hiking from village to village. Enjoy an overnight stay in one of the local guesthouses along the way, and experience the hospitality of the locals. If you prefer the see to the mountain, or want to fit in as many activities as possible, take a break by the ocean near a beach on the Pacific coast, where you can enjoy surfing and swimming in crystal clear waters, or just relax on the beach and enjoy the sunset. White-water rafting is another great choice as there are many Class V rivers along the jungle-clad banks of the Oriente.
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If you decide to take the trip to the famed Galápagos Islands you will definitely not regret it. Their volcanic landscapes are filled with fascinating wildlife, a must-see for nature lovers. Get up close and personal with massive lumbering tortoises, scurrying marine iguanas (the world’s only seagoing lizard), doe-eyed sea lions, prancing blue-footed boobies and numerous other unusual species both on land and sea. The Amazon rainforest offers a vastly different wildlife-watching experience. Set out on the rivers and forested trails in search of monkeys, sloths, toucans, river dolphins, and rare species of birds.
After days of Ecuadorian adventures, there are numerous appealing places you can go to relax while enjoying the awe-inspiring scenery. Head to the mountainous highlands to recharge at a historic hacienda, or find serene beauty amid a cloud-forest lodge near Mindo. There are peaceful, timeless mountain villages like Vilcabamba and picturesque former gold-mining towns like Zaruma that offer a perfect antidote to stressful modern-day life. For a coastal getaway, you'll have plenty of options, from tiny end-of-the-road settlements like Ayampe and Olón to charming towns on the Galapagos, with great beaches and magnificent sunsets right outside your door.
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Swissotel ~ Quito
Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotels, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito – both a commercial and residential area, only 25 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
Alameda Mercure Quito
Hotel Mercure Alameda offers 147 stylishly decorated and comfortable rooms, and is a great option whether traveling for business or pleasure.
Great Galapagos Island Hopping ~ 4 Night/5 Day tour
Galapagos Islands is a natural paradise like nowhere else in the world. The islands are enchanted, and this five day tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through some of the area's most impressive sites.
The Spirit of the Andes ~ 2 Night/3 Day tour
This tour takes in the best the area has to offer, from stunning natural landscapes and unique wildlife, to picturesque towns, and even an Incan fortress.
Cotopaxi ~ 1 Night/2 Day tour
Stay in a beautifully restored Hacienda and explore the stunning Cotopaxi National Park, home to the world's highest active volcano.
Cotopaxi ~ 2 Nights/3 Days Tour
A 3 day tour that explores the magnificent Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in farm activities in an antique dairy farm.
Bellavista ~ 1 Night/2 Days
Discover the Bellavista reserve on this truly magical 2 day tour. Hike through the lush forest, marvel at the birdlife, and discover hidden waterfalls.
Bellavista ~ 2 Nights/3 Days
This 3 day tour of The Bellavista Cloud Forest is a nature lover's dream, with lush forest, abundant birdlife, and hidden waterfalls. The Bellavista private reserve is unspoilt natural beauty at its best, and covers over 700 hectares.
Papallacta ~ 1 Night/2 Days
This 2 day tour takes in the best Papallacta has to offer, with a nature walk through the Andean forest, and of course some relaxation time in the area's famous thermal pools.
Papallacta ~ 2 Nights /3 Days
Hike along pristine mountain streams, enjoy fresh local trout, and of course relax in the famous thermal pools of Papallacta on this 3 day tour.
Otavalo ~ 1 Night/2 Days
Explore the bustling Otovalo market, visit mountainside villages, and explore a traditional hacienda on this short and sweet 2 day tour.
Otavalo ~ 2 Nights/3 Days
Green valleys, snow capped mountains, and farmland make Otavalo a visually stunning destination. The surrounding mountains are dotted with villages like Cotacachi and Peguche and give visitors to the area much to explore.