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No country in South America concentrates such diversity on a portion of land as small as Ecuador. Ecuador is a country in South America that doesn't get too much love, despite the fact it's home to some of the most beautiful places ever. There are two main reasons to go here; the Ecuadorian Andes and Galapagos Islands.

Both of these places boast a natural beauty that's really hard to rival - along with some genuinely stunning wildlife. Strangely, the Galapagos Islands are pretty well-known, yet very few people travel to Ecuador to see them. Mainland Ecuador is just as splendid; you can explore intricate little streets with traditional South American architecture that makes for the most picturesque scenery.

Plus, and this is a bonus, Ecuador uses US dollars as the currency. So, if you're traveling from the United States, then you can tick travel money off your list of things to worry about.

Four worlds coexist in the small Andean country. With the Andes reigning the Ecuadorian heart, the universe of the Amazon Rainforest unfolds to the east, while the Pacific Ocean bathes all coasts and houses one of the most important treasures of the country in the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador is a paradise for seal lovers, full of species that are not found anywhere else on Earth. However, do not expect to find coral reefs here. Instead, the area has heavy currents and waters rich in nutrients that attract an important pelagic action. Most divers go directly to the Galapagos Islands.

The waters surrounding this group of deep-sea volcanic islands form a protected marine reserve where commercial fishing has practically not occurred in the last five decades. This fact, combined with the outcrops of deep waters of the area, creates one of the marine ecosystems with the greatest biodiversity in the world.

Things to do in Ecuador

Diving in Ecuador


Divers can take advantage of everything that this region has to offer in a liveaboard trip. These boats have the ability to travel to the northern diving sites, such as those around Darwin Island, Wolf Island and Punta Vicente Roca, which are far from the inhabited islands to be visited in a single day.

For those who wish to dive in Ecuador without the cost of traveling to the Galapagos, the Machalilla National Park is known as the Poor Man of the Galapagos and presents some of the same endemic species found in the famous archipelago. The national park, which is the only coastal national park in Ecuador, incorporates cloud forest, dry forest, small islands and two larger islands, Salango and the small Isla de la Plata.

Large groups of giant stingrays, whales and dolphins are commonly seen here during the correct season as you travel in Ecuador. Unfortunately, the same level of protection has not been granted to the Machalilla National Park as seen in the Galapagos. Overfishing, pollution, poaching and deforestation are common problems in the region.

With as much to discover underwater as above, it is not surprising that most divers dream of exploring Ecuador underwater at least once in their lives.

Ecuadorian Food


Ecuadorian food include soup, second (almost always a portion of chicken or fish with rice and beans) and drinks. Morocho would be the Ecuadorian version of the mazamorra, a drink prepared from ground white corn, water, milk and sugar. The younger Ecuadorians do not even know what it is. Encebollado, the national dish of Ecuador they say is the ideal food for a hangover.

This fish stew is served with yucca, onion and chili, and seasoned with lemon. Bolón de verde is, as the name says, a huge ball made of green banana, which is mixed with pork rinds or meat. Ice cream from paila is a good dessert. This artisan ice cream is characterized by its preparation, in a copper pan, cooled with dry ice. Typical of the city of Ibarra, it is the best way to say goodbye to the country.

Hotels in Ecuador


Couchsurfing works very well, and it's a good way to meet local people, and get a little inside the culture. The hostels are in less touristy areas. The other option is camping in Ecuador and it is possible, especially on the beach. If you do not find camping, the Ecuadorians are very hospitable, and you will not have problems when it comes to finding where to put the tent.

The best season to travel to the Ecuadorian Andes is in June. Very few countries need a visa to enter Ecuador. Normally, with a valid passport you can reach here.
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10 comments:

  1. Glad to learn that Ecaudor food contains rice too which is quite similar to Asian. I think I will enjoy the food there, plus the desserts.

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  2. Thanks for posting this guide! I am a bit curious about Ecuador, the country seams so mysterious!

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  3. Ecuador would be such a fun vacation! Thanks for the travel tips, it is such a beautiful country! -Sondra Barker @cuisineandtravel.com

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  4. I've not been to Ecuador but can't wait to visit this wonderful country to discover their food and rich culture

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  5. What a great piece! Loved learning about Ecuador! So interesting! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. I have never been to Ecuador before. I love learning about different places around the world.

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  7. This was such a lovely read! So many Things to Do in Ecuador! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  8. Thanks for putting Ecuador on my radar. It isn't really a place that I hear much about but it sounds like it has a lot to offer.

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  9. I have never been to Ecuador but I always wanted to visit. Such a wonderful place.

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  10. I've never been but sounds like an incredible place to see. I didn't realize that many people traveled to Ecuador!

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