Ecuador is a destination that’s on many peoples’ travel lists. To make all your friends back home jealous, check out these awesome things to do in Ecuador.
If you’ve been thinking about visiting Ecuador but you’re not entirely sure what to do when you get there, it’s time to sit down and let us give you some advice.
Ecuador is one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse countries in Latin America. It is home to some of the rarest creatures in the world. And with a history rich in scientific discovery, religious storytelling, and delicious food, Ecuador is sure to be one of your favorite places to visit.
Keep reading for some of our favorite things to do in Ecuador and when you think you have an idea of what you want to visit first, make sure you check this list.
1. Visit the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are possibly the most stunning parks in Ecuador. When you visit you will walk amongst some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna. Step carefully on the paths throughout. You will be expected to care for this beautiful site as much (or more) as the Islands’ caretakers.
One of the most important parts of the Galapagos is the Charles Darwin Research Station. This research station continues Darwin’s work of documenting the strange and unusual plant and animal life that calls the Islands home.
2. Cajas National Park
This park is home to around 300 lakes and lagoons. It is tucked deep in the highlands of Ecuador. For those visitors that enjoy hiking, camping and wandering through the great outdoors, this National Park will be a great place to visit.
3. Church and Convent of St. Francis
Ecuador, like many other South American countries, is home to hundreds of beautiful historic churches and monasteries. These cathedrals tower over villages and cities throughout the country. For visitors who enjoy ancient Christian cultural sites, these churches will be excellent stopping points for any tourist.
One such is the Church of St. Francis. This church and convent are located in the Ecuadoran capital, Quito.
The Church is one of the largest historical structures in Ecuador. It is home to many pieces of artwork of cultural importance to the city and country.
Be sure to stop by when you visit the capital. Since it is in the heart of the city, you will be surrounded by markets and restaurants, making this stop on your travels a great introduction to Ecuador’s culture and nightlife.
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4. Guayllabamba Zoo
If you love seeing wildlife in the countries you visit but don’t have the time to visit every part of the country, try visiting a zoo.
The Guayllabamba Zoo is also located in the capital city, Quito. This zoo is home to many of Ecuador’s native animals-some of which are endangered like the Galapagos tortoise.
Wander through the zoo and learn about some of Ecuador’s more colorful species. Witness some of the astounding conservation practices scientists around the world are attempting to save the animals of Ecuador.
5. Swing at the End of the World
Last, but definitely not least, is the Swing at the End of the World.
The Swing is located in the town Banos, tucked deep in the mountains of Ecuador. This swing is perched on top of a tall tree in the mountains and for $2 (after a long ride up in a cattle shuttle) you can swing out over what feels like the entire world.
Witness the beauty of Ecuador’s mountains and revel in the free-falling sensation of what is one of Ecuador’s most unusual tourist attractions.
So Many Things to do in Ecuador
If you think Ecuador is the place to visit, make sure you add all of these attractions to your list.
With so many things to do in Ecuador, it is the perfect place to travel to. Enrich your life with this beautiful culture full of so many historical and culturally important places.
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