01 Aug Off the Beaten Path in Ecuador | Hidden Paradises
Not all places are marked on a travel guide. To find them, you must set foot in the surroundings, making way for conversations with natives and the ability to hear their stories. Not many tourists have heard about the mysterious places you will be told about. All of them are off the beaten path in Ecuador. These hidden paradises are located all around the country. They will surely make you want to explore more than you have planned.
Off the beaten path in southern ecuador
Let’s begin in Loja, the deep south of the country. Here, many of these unusual places can be found. Mangahurcois a town located near the border of Peru. At the start of each year, one of the most fascinating natural events in the country occurs: the flowering of the Guayacanes (picture at the top of the article). The intense yellow colored trees appear over thousands of hectares of land after nine months of absence. The trees shelter the ground in preparation for the rainy season.
The city of coffee and gold
Heading north, in the province of El Oro, there is one of the so-called magical towns of Ecuador: Zaruma. It is known as the City of Coffee and Gold. This is a friendly place that could undoubtedly be one of the most beautiful hidden gems on the Ecuadorian coast. Its wooden houses decorated with colorful and pruned gardens, the charm of its squares, and the location on the Puyango River overlooking the foothill forests of the coastline make it a worth exploring spot.
Gold Smith Capital
Speaking of ‘jewels’ like Zaruma, you cannot miss a visit to Chordeleg. It Is known as the Goldsmith Capital. The entire town is a large market dedicated to silver and gold. The beauty and sophistication will immediately captivate you. The sepulcher’s field (according to its etymology) is also a historical settlement, as it is said to be the resting place of ancient chiefs and cañari kings (former inhabitants of this region).
Off the Beaten path at the ecuadorian pacific coast
Back on the coast, in Guayas, we recommend you visit Santay. This isla is only 800 meters away from the city. The bridge that leads to this conservation treasury is located near the barrio del astillero (shipyard neighborhood). Santay is home to iguanas, ocelots, boas, alligators, mangroves, and hidden reed beds. This off the beaten path destination in Ecuador has quickly become a hot-spot for ecological tourism and adventure sports in the province.
If you want to find the most beautiful beaches of the country, you should go to Manabí. At the border with Santa Elena one will reach Ayampe, a small fishing village surrounded by humid forests. Rock formations such as the islote de los ahorcados or cinco cerros make for unique sunsets. You can also find similar landscapes near Jama, a northern Manabi beach, like the arco del amor (love’s arc). Locals say that those who cross through these particular rocks are destined to be together forever.
the hidden paradises in the amazon jungle
The Amazon province of Pastaza is rich in culture and biodiversity. In the city of Puyo, on the road to Macas, there is a small path that leads to el mirador Indichuris (Indichuris viewpoint). The journey is short and is characterized by a variety of interesting community tourism projects. There is also ancient places such as the Hola Vida waterfall. From the top of the viewpoint, you can rest in hammocks overlooking the meeting of the Pastaza and Puyo rivers below.
off the beaten path at the galapagos islands
Although each of these places have different charms. There is one that all of them have in common: they are hidden at the first sight. Each one invites you to discover far beyond than meeting the eye. If you dare to visit them, you will surely find more on the way; it all depends on how much you want to venture inside off the beaten track.
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