A trip to Ecuador can’t be completed without experiencing the wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. True, you can see it in Brazil, Peru or Bolivia and also get a great experience but there is something so special about contrasting the animals on show in the Galapagos, compared to those in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Amazon tours force you to stay alert, open your eyes and keep watch as lurking below, above or beside you could be a deadly anaconda, a stealthy croc, a beautiful swooping bird or a cheeky swinging monkey.
Galapagos tours will let you in to Darwin’s bewildering colorful world of exotic animals. All wildlife enthusiasts from around the world will have the Galapagos Islands at the top of their bucket list, however you don’t need to be a maverick zoologist to appreciate this dream fusion of color and rare wildlife, the Galapagos is magnetic simply because of its unrivaled beauty.
The charm of Ecuador, along with its powerful nature, lies in its cobbled streets, its colonial architecture and its old fashioned, languid way of life. Quito, for a capital city, surprisingly offers these small-town-like charms, especially in the old town, where labyrinthine alleyways are met with Gothic churches, monasteries and traffic is guided by whistle yielding policemen. The frenetic life adds so much to the charm.
Otavalo Marketplace, located just an hour north of Quito, epitomizes the small, hidden charms of a South American country that, if stumbled upon serendipitously, would feature highly in your reviews of your Ecuador tours. Showcasing an eclectic range of traditional clothing, handicraft goods, wooden sculptures, creative hammocks and colorful house rugs etc, Otavalo Market flourishes with an assortment of great stalls.
The lure of those fun adventure tours is too appealing to turn down on your Ecuador tours, and Baños is just the town to tempt you into all those activities you’ve been craving. Make sure you go on the canyoning tour, the beautiful hiking tours on offer and try to rent a quad and explore the beauty of Baños, a hillside town enclosed by scenic mountains, gushing waterfalls and soothing thermal baths, a rewarding stop after all those adventure day trips.
One of my favorite beach towns in the world hails from Ecuador, and it’s that of Montañita, the sleepy hippy haven that offers great surf and even better beach bars and atmosphere. A world apart from bustling cities back home, Montañita is so appealing on so many levels.