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Best places to visit in Ecuador

Latin America fires the imagination of travellers in search of exoticism and a change of scene. So why choose to explore the smallest of Andean countries instead of another more vast or better known one? Precisely because Ecuador, just like Uruguay, is one of the small countries of this continent in which is concentrated a powerful history, a lovely diversity of landscapes and a jolly population proud to see you stay in their country.

To familiarise you with this favourite destination, the Evaneos Travel community of travellers will know to inform you on the places not to be missed and, what's more, about some other little known gems. An original destination and a tailor-made circuit that will make you come back home with lots of pictures in your head. A big plus, Ecuador extends from the Amazon to the Pacific Ocean passing through the Cordillera of the Andes, so you will have the opportunity to experience both the sea and the mountain. 

You might start your stay by a visit of Quito and its colonial architecture town centre, one of the best preserved on the continent. Not far to the north, the colourful village of Otavalo presents itself as the handicrafts capital, mostly made by the Quechuas of the region. If you are looking for invigorating mountain air, go to the beautiful plains around Zumbahua and admire the sublime lake the colour of emeralds in the Quilotoa volcano's crater. 

However, a stay in Ecuador would not be complete without a visit to the Galapagos archipelago , at once the stronghold of scientists and travellers, the seat of observation of an exceptional and surprising nature. If observing wild creatures does not scare you, prolong the adventure in Amazonia for example with the exploration of Cuyabeno Reserve and its anacondas. And to rest after all of that, the Pacific coast will be the ideal place to relax, in peace and quiet at Puerto López , or in the more animated seaside resort version of Montañita .

As you will have understood, the country of the Mitad del Mundo is not lagging behind its neighbours and will delight the curious traveller seeking to make discoveries.

Rose Nicolini
Vilcabamba is regarded as the new Eldorado of American hippies come to start afresh in a small corner of paradise in the south of Ecuador.
Cuenca (Ecuador)
Cuenca is the third largest town in the country and it is quieter, as well as smaller, than Quito. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the famous panama hats originally came from Cuenca!
Peguche (Ecuador)
Accessible on foot from Otavalo. Peguche is a nice small village which can be proud of its beautiful waterfall in the middle of the forest.
Cayambe (Ecuador)
Cayambe is the name of a small town, a volcano and of an area where roses grow, in the north of Ecuador.
Latitude 0° 0’ 0’’, where the world is divided! Mitad del Mundo is more like an attraction park than a museum but you can learn some interesting things there.
Los Frailes is a protected beach located a few kilometres from Puerto Lopez. Long preserved by a paid entrance policy, entry has recently become free of charge again. A real cove on the Pacific shoreline, it is one of the few beaches in the country where you can swim.
Riobamba (Ecuador)
Riobamba lies right at the heart of the mountains amidst a quite wonderful environment, and the views you get of Ecuador's highest mountain, Chimborazo, from here are simply breathtaking.
Lying 12 kilometres from Latacunga , Saquisili is worth visiting primarily for its large weekly market, which is held every Thursday morning.
Zumbagua (Ecuador)
Zumbahua is an unmissable stop on what's called the 'Quilotoa Circuit' or 'Quilotoa Loop', a series of charming and authentic little mountain villages in the Andes.
Pistishí (Ecuador)
La Nariz del Diablo (the Devil's Nose in English) is the main attraction of the trip onboard the train of the Andes.
Baeza (Ecuador)
Baeza is a big village half way between Quito and the Amazonian forest. It's also where the road splits in two: for Lago Agrio towards the north and Tena and Puerto Misahualli towards the south.
Coca (Ecuador)
Along with Lago Agrio and Tena/Puerto Misahualli, Coca is the main entry point into the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon.
The Isla de la Plata is nicknamed "Galapagos for the poor" because it has the same sort of vegetation as the famous archipelago. There are also some animals, depending on the season. Its ideal for those who love animal watching!
Loja (Ecuador)
Loja is considered as the third most environmentally-friendly city in the world. Located in the south of Ecuador, it can make an interesting stopover before visiting the large cities of Cuenca or Guayaquil.
San Pablo lake is high up in the mountains in the Otavalo region, in the north of Ecuador.
Alausí (Ecuador)
Alausi is currently the station where the most difficult train in the world departs from, the one that goes to Nariz del Diablo.
Machachi is a little town to the south of Quito and lies along the road leading to the Cotopaxi Volcano.

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