Humidity, blasts of hot air, heavy traffic... Embark for Guayaquil, the largest city of Ecuador even though Quito is the capital. We're off for a visit of the "Pearl of the Pacific", from its landscaped river promenade (the Malecón 2000) to the cerro Santa Ana, not to mention the city centre!
If you're after an authentic, typically South American holiday, then a trip to Ecuador should be top of your list. If that's not the case and comfort calls, then give it a miss. Even more so if you don't want to learn or speak Spanish.
You should go if
You want to walk along the Equator in Ecuador
You want to wander around some of the best markets on the continent
You want to discover Amazonian communities
You want your holiday to be varied
You love mountains and sea alike
The Galapagos Islands have always fascinated you
You want to enjoy the company of an incredibly welcoming people and practise your Spanish along the way!
You shouldn't go if
It's comfort you're after
You don't speak or want to learn Spanish
High altitudes make your head spin
Cultural shocks and authentic living are not your cup of tea