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Ecuador greets visitors with three breathtaking regions of natural landscapes, encompassing verdant jungles, glorious beaches and the Andes. Prevailing indigenous communities, ancient Inca ruins and a legacy of colonial monuments make it a culturally diverse country, too. Ecuador, the Spanish word for “equator”, straddles both the northern and southern hemispheres. Ecuador’s biodiversity has attracted visitors for centuries, including the esteemed naturalist Charles Darwin.
The Sierra, amid the eastern and western chains of the Andes, runs through the country’s heart. Start in Quito, Ecuador’s capital and one of the world’s highest cities. Wander narrow streets to discover an architecturally impressive city, which combines urban modernity with indigenous cultures.
See Inca ruins at Cochasqui, admire colonial-era landmarks in Cuenca andrelax in the thermal baths of Baños. Drive or bike along the Avenue of Volcanoes and trek to the summit of the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes. Ride the spectacular Devil’s Nose mountain train from Alausí to Sibambe.
Oriente, stretching east from Sierra, is a sprawling wilderness of tropical rainforest. It’s a haven for multi-day treks, wildlife spotting and tours to indigenous communities. Spot over 500 bird species at Parque Nacional Yasuní. Paddle a canoe on the lakes of Reserva Faunística Cuyabeno. Tena is the gateway for white-water rafting adventures and trips into the Amazon Basin.
The Costa region runs along Ecuador’s glorious Pacific coastline. Check out the fishing village of Canoa and the luxury resort of Muisne. Ride big waves at the backpacker hangout Montañita and go whale-watching in Parque Nacional Machalilla. Explore the eclectic neighborhoods of Guayaquil and the pristine beaches of Salinas. Visit the Galapagos, a fascinating collection of volcanic islands, home to endemic marine life and superb snorkeling.
Ecuador is a small country when compared to its South American neighbors. The compact size and an excellent tourism infrastructure make getting between major attractions simple. In just one day, you can drive from the Amazon jungle to idyllic beaches via the Andes and coffee plantations.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 13.6 mi (21.9 km) from Quito Zoo and within 25 miles (40 km) of Casa Blanca Stadium and Mitad del Mundo Monument. Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Intinan Solar Museum are also within 25 miles (40 km).
Located in La Mariscal, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Foch Square and within 3 miles (5 km) of Basilica of the National Vow and Independence Square. Quito Cathedral and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Guayaquil, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Seminary Park and Malecon 2000. Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral and Simon Bolivar Statue are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mindalae Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Basilica of the National Vow. Independence Square and Quito Cathedral are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, in the city centre, this hotel is in the same region as Metropolitan Park, Quito Zoo and Guayasamin Museum. Regional attractions also include Chapel of Man and Guanquiltaqua Metropolitan Park.
This family-friendly Guayaquil hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sports Federation of Guayas and Malecon 2000. Banco Pichincha Monumental Stadium is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Botanical Garden of Quito, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Independence Square. Quito Cathedral and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Located in the heart of Guayaquil, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seminary Park and Malecon 2000. Municipal Museum of Guayaquil and Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.