to do in Ecuador: snorkeling Galapagos

6 things to do in Ecuador

Ecuador is a country full of wonderful sites to visit. Whether you’re adventurous, a beach lover, interested in culture or someone who enjoys nature. With its four different regionals (Amazon, Andes, Galapagos and Pacific Coast), there is a wide array of things to do. You’ll sure have a great time in this beautiful South American country. Here, we’ll give you six ideas of things to do in Ecuador.

(1) Go island-hopping at the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the world’s most remarkable places to visit, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
These Islands boast endemic wildlife like no other place on Earth combined with breathtaking blue beaches. The National Park encompasses of 97% of the entire Galapagos territory, with islands such as Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, Isabela, Floreana, and many more.

Besides impressive nature, many come to the Galapagos for its adventure. It’s a to destination for scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking. Above all, don’t forget to go to the paradisiacal beach of Tortuga bay for a swim and just relaxation.

The Galapagos is a true natural paradise you’ll never forget.

(2) Take a tour in the Amazon jungle

The Amazon region of Ecuador is packed with endemic flora and fauna, as well as unique rainforest landscapes. Also, the Amazon has many protected areas. Located between the provinces of Napo and Pastaza, the Yasuní National Park is known as the most biodiverse spot on Earth. Here, you’ll find plenty of wildlife to watch and marvel at.

If you don’t want to go as deep into the jungle as the Yasuní National Park, Tena would be a good alternative.

Read a travel review about Tena or check it out at google-maps.

(3) Hike, climb (or just visit) the Chimborazo

Ecuador is home to a considerable number of volcanoes that can be seen from most of the country’s Andean towns. The Chimborazo volcano, located in the province of Chimborazo in the Central Andes, is Ecuador’s highest mountain. Furthermore, it’s the farthest point from the center of the earth.

The volcano is one of the world’s top destinations for climbers looking for a new challenge. Even so, Chimborazo is worthwhile a visit for the less adventurous travelers. With its icy white summit and towering presence, it offers some of the most beautiful panoramas you’ll find in Ecuador.

(4) explore the Historic center of Quito

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, has the best-preserved historic city center in the Americas. Quito became one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1978. Indeed, just like the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador proudly ranks 2 out of 12 sites.

Its traditional colonial architecture, which includes some of the most monumental churches in the continent, is one of the elements that makes this place a top destination on your vacation. Quito’s Historic Center is a bustling quarter, a piece of history preserved in time for the world to see.

(5) Bathe in the Hot Springs of Papallacta

Papallacta is a small town high up in the mountains in the province of Napo. It is just about an hour away from Quito. Papallacta is famous for its natural hot springs heated by a volcano. While bathing in the hot springs, you’ll enjoy the hot water and the beautiful views simultaneously.  

The village has many hotels, spas and resorts. You’ll go to Papallacta to bathe, eat fresh trout enjoy the majestic view of the Antisana volcano and makes some fantastic hikes.

(6) take a road trip along the pacific coast (ruta del spondylus)

Ecuador has some of the most beautiful beaches in South America. Most of them are along the Pacific Coast line of around 400 miles (600km). By car, you can drive the Ruta del Spondylus (The Spondylous Route).

On your way, you’ll cross the coastal provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí, Guayas and Santa Elena and all of their remarkable beaches. 

If you like small, pristine beach towns, be sure to stop at places like Canoa, Los Frailes, Puerto Lopez or Ayampe. However, if you’re more interested in small coastal cities, Salinas, Manta or Atacames are a must.

We dedicated a complete article to Ecuador’s best beaches.

It’s impossible to capture all Ecuador has to offer in a single article. Therefore, we wrote several more. We categorized them by different types of vacations and travel interest. You’ll find an overview here.

Are you looking for more information about traveling to Ecuador?

At What To Do in Ecuador? you’ll find an easy and inspirational summary of what to do in Ecuador.

In the Stories section, you’ll find more stories about travelers’ experiences. You’ll find articles comparing best places to visit and there are several articles giving you practical travel tips.

At Services, you’ll see how South Trips can help you during your trip. You can think of as little as an airport pick-up, the organization of a part of your trip, or as much as a complete day-to-day organized vacation. Any support is always completely personalized.

If you have any questions about Ecuador, traveling to Ecuador or something you did, or did not read at our website, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to answer all questions.

By Gabriella Salgado

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