Posted on by Chad F.

Ecuador is a land of historical and rich cultural features, and many of these amazing attractions are set within a backdrop of natural wonders that never fail to leave tourists amazed. You will bear witness to some of the most beautiful landscapes that range between glaciated volcanoes and lush, tropical rainforests. Whether you plan to do whitewater rafting down the pristine Amazon River, or explore the magnificent sites in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, you will be able to walk away with great travel memories. Here are some of the top travel destinations in Ecuador to explore:

Galapagos Islands

First up is the Galapagos Islands which comprise of a small archipelago of volcanic islands located in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos Islands are also internationally renowned for their unique ecosystem. Marine iguanas, penguins, sea lions, giant tortoises and different bird species can be seen and approached! However, you must be accompanied by a naturalist tour guide who is national park-certified.

San Francisco Church, Quito

Head on to Quito’s Old Town District and discover the San Francisco Church! The church features a number of masterpieces such as a sculpture of a winged Holy Virgin by Legarda. The church complex makes a deep impression as it is massive and covers close to two blocks and has an adjoining museum. With the surrounding Old Town area and San Francisco Church itself, they are considered to be one of the most important cultural centers in Latin America.

Otavalo Market

One of the fun aspects of visiting Ecuador is exploring the original handiwork of local artisans, and the small town of Otavalo is the best place to see and purchase those works. The town is world renowned for the handiwork that is crafted by its indigenous people, simply known as the Otavalos. The markets open every Saturday and features a broad array of wood and stone carvings, woven clothing and jewelry.

Montañita

Fancy the idea of staying at a world-famous beach resort? If so, travel to Ecuador’s southern coastal region where scenic shorelines and first-rate beach resorts await you. Did you know that the Montañita town was once a sleep fishing village before it was discovered for its exceptional surfing conditions? Today, Montañita is known to have a bustling nightlife scene too and you will find no trouble partying the night away at its various nightclubs and bars!

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Established since 1979, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve never fails to appeal to travelers from around the world with its scenic beauty of tropical scenery and wildlife. Here, you can find more than 400 species of birds and over 10 species of monkeys. There are a lot more insects and animals to expect which include anacondas, butterflies, caimans and tapirs. This is Ecuador’s second largest national park and reserve, so don’t miss it while you’re in Ecuador, especially if you are a nature lover.

If you get lost in wanderlust here which isn’t rare since there are so many breathtaking destinations to explore, you can always get your loved ones in the United States to send money to Ecuador when you require more money to sustain longer travels in Ecuador!

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