"Ecuador-the country of four seasons!" Top 5 Page for this destination Ecuador by elsadran

Ecuador Travel Guide: 5,240 reviews and 19,509 photos

Ecuadorians like calling their country “the country of four seasons” because the variety in the morphology results in different climatic conditions and thus a great biodiversity. A large variety in ethnic groups and cultural history is also still present in the four different regions of the small but impressive country.
Quito is the second highest capital in the world and is the heart of the country carrying a history and culture of centuries. Its colonial architecture make it an interesting destination. North of Quito the Otavalo market, as well as Saquisili to the south, are the most popular markets, with hundreds of natives coming to sell their unique products and handicrafts.
In the snow-capped Andean ranges and the milder southern highlands indigenous communities still keep the values and customs of their ancient fathers. South of Quito the traveler can view the dramatic high peaks of volcanoes, as Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Laguna Quilotoa and the surrounding villages deserve a few day stop, too. In the little picturesque town of Baños there is an opportunity to rest and enjoy the lush environment.

Heading even more south, the pretty landscape becomes milder and greener with a patchwork of fields extending up the slopes to the clouds covering the summits. Experience the interesting train ride from Riobamba to the Nariz del Diablo, and then stop at Cuenca, undoubtedly the most beautiful city in Ecuador, a city museum of culture and history. Continuing south near the border with Peru, Vilcabamba is the sleeping beauty of the south, laying in “the valley of eternal life”...
In the Oriente, that belongs to the Amazon Basin the tropical climate presents a wonderful abundance of flora and fauna....
In the western Lowlands and the coast with the long stretches of white beaches there are many opportunities for ecotourism. The coast is laced with beautiful long white beaches with a laid-back atmosphere and lively parties after sunset...Montañita, Manglaralto, Los Frailes, Canoa, Sua to mention just a few.
...And finally Galapagos, a unique natural wonder, is the ultimate celebration of unspoilt nature. The place where the Earth is being born and unique animal life has found a precious refuge...
There is a lot more to explore but that I leave to you...

  • Last visit to Ecuador: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 9, 2008
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    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Sorry to hear about your lost luggage! Great and helpful tips about Ecuador! I will visit for the first time next year and I'm really looking forward to it!

  • Dec 6, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Hello Elsa, I love your Ecuador pages and your Quito photos. I'm glad you enjoyed my city. Thanks for sharing your pages with us. Cheers, Polyana

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    Jun 27, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Great pages & pictures. Really helping with my planning of an Ecuador trip next Dec/Jan.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Revisiting... wow - excellent photos. Very interesting cultural tips like burning of dolls, Panama hats and those cuys are too definitely too cute to eat. Amazing overview of Ecuador.

  • barbskie's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    hi Elsa! very useful tips in Ecuador. A great destination! Nice photos here. Shoppinggggggg must be wonderful not thinking of the overweight of luggage :) cheers!

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