Ecuador is an amazing country full of contrasts, from stunning beaches to astonishing volcanoes and the Amazon Rainforest, there is beauty everywhere in Ecuador. More than 100,000 tourists visit Ecuador every year. Here are some of the most popular attractions in Ecuador:
Quito: Historic Capital
Nestled in an Andean valley at an elevation of over 9000 feet, Quito is literally surrounded by volcanoes. Quito, Ecuador is considered to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. The architecture in Quito reflects a Spanish colonial influence. The buildings that line the streets have red-tile roofs, thick columns and central patios. Walking the streets of this historic city will transport you back into the past. You can enjoy from a mixture between past and present when visiting the famous Plaza Grande, as well as Calle La Ronda, a colonial street lined with restaurants, cafés, and art galleries, where you can also catch some live music. Ecuador’s capital city is a great springboard for exploring other nearby places. Click here for a list of the best things to do in Quito.
The Galápagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are known for their beauty and unique wildlife. It is on of the places with the most biodiversity in the world.This world-famous destination requires many days to explore all the beauty that every island has to offer. Each island has its own unique landscape, from barren black, volcanic rocks to white sandy beaches that melt into the water’s different shades of blue. There are many ways to have fun here, including Snorkeling, Hiking, Kayaking, Surfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, or just laying on the beach to enjoy the jaw dropping views. Visiting the Galápagos Islands is definitely an exciting adventure everyone should try. Learn more about Galapagos Islands tours and hotels here.
Cotopaxi and Cajas National Parks
These parks are within a short driving distances from the cities of Cuenca and Quito. Cotopaxi National Park is popular with both tourists and locals known because of the still active Cotopaxi volcano dominating the area. During your visit, you can photograph wild horses, go for a hike, ride a mountain bike, or visit ancient Incan ruins. Cajas National Park is dotted with pocket lakes and the weather here can be extreme. Most visitors hike the trails, fish in the lakes, and a few even camp there.The stunning views are visible in both parks.
The Hot Springs of Baños
Nestled in a lush valley under the Tungurahua Volcano, Baños is considered the adventure capital of Ecuador, offering plenty of outdoor activities for visitors. Due to its proximity to the volcano, natural hot springs formed, so there are many pools ranging from cold to very hot that you can swim in. Surrounded by amazing waterfalls, this is the perfect place to admire some wonderful landscapes and take plenty of photos. Adventure seekers can go on long hikes through the wildlife and waterfalls, horseback riding, river rafting, mountain climbing, Zip-lining, and Bungee-jumping.
Tena: Amazon´s upper reaches
Famous as Ecuador’s cinnamon capital, Tena is a city in the Amazon Rainforest. This city has a lot to offer, including Misahualli, a popular starting point for jungle tours and canoe trips, Sumaco Volcano, and Cuevas de Jumandi, a labyrinth of natural caves and tunnels that extend several kilometres underground. This city also has a pedestrian bridge and tower above the Tena River offering great views. If you are looking to visit the Amazon Rainforest, click here to learn about the best ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Our country has so many amazing things to offer. There are many more beautiful places to visit in Ecuador besides the ones listed in this article. Come experience the beauty and magnificence of Ecuador. At Anahi Boutique Hotel, we offer high quality accommodations in Quito, equipped with amazing amenities and services so you can take pleasure in exploring Quito.