10 REASON TO TRAVEL IN ECUADOR AND EXPERIENCE LIFE AT ITS PUREST
Ecuador occupies an area of 256,370 km2 and is divided in four distinct regions that range from the topographical diversity of the Amazonía to the natural wonder and cultures of the Andes; to the ecological beaches along the Pacific Coast to the legendary Galápagos Islands. These are the unique 4 worlds of Ecuador.
The country accounts for the largest biodiversity in the world per square kilometer
THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS AND OTHER TRAVEL DETINATIONS WITHIN ECUADOR DECLARED AS WORLD HERITAGE SITES BY UNESCO
The Galápagos Islands, 1000 Km from the main land, are within Ecuadorian territory boundaries and are located in the Galápagos National Park. In 1978, this Archipelago was declared World Heritage Site. Other places that have been recognized by UNESCO are the cities of Quito and Cuenca, Sangay National Park, the traditions and language of the Zapara Nation and the Marine Reserve of the Galápagos Islands.
ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR ADVENTURE
Only in Ecuador you can scale the highest active volcano in the world (Cotopaxi, 5,897m); navigate along the rivers of the Amazon; cross the equatorial line by horseback; surf in the Pacific Ocean; visit pre-Inca archeological sites and swim side by side with penguins, sharks, iguanas and sea lions. All these adventures in one single trip
GENUINE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
There are 13 districts indigenous nationalities that inhabit within Ecuador’s boundaries; each asserts its unique cultural identity. Some of them, especially in the Amazon Region, have had little contact with the modern world and maintain the Cosmo-visionary traditions of their ancestors.
Ecuadorians are very proud of their culture, passionate about their traditions and eager to share their customs and rituals with tourists.
One cannot overlook a visit to the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO
A MODEL OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Ecuador has made environmental conservation and sustainable tourism development a priority.
The country is drafting a master plan of sustainable tourism that will allow the implementation of measures to establish a sustainable infrastructure for the tourism industry that will ensure the conservation and protection of its unique ecosystems, cultures and peoples.
By traveling in Ecuador’s, tourists contribute to the improvement of the local economy and help accomplish the goal of the national government which is to become the leader in sustainable tourism in the world.
TO SUIT ALL TASTES
Whether you plan to spend your vacation doing family activities, as a couple, with a group, as a single traveler or if you are a senior citizen, Ecuador is your destination that offers all sorts of activities and choices. From adventure traveling to ecotourism, birdwatching, agro-tourism, volunteering, history and culture, water sports, incentive trips and conventions, Spanish courses… the options are endless.
Most international airlines offer daily flights to Ecuador from North America, South America and Europe.
The cities of Quito and Guayaquil possess modern international airport facilities; an efficient national public air-land transport system, a good selection of hotels and lodging facilities as well as other tourist minded services that make it easy for you to travel around the country at your convenience.
Distances are always relatively short; in a country made up of four worlds that can be experienced in as little as 10 days.
National flights make connections in the main cities of the country and offer variety of flight schedules each day of the week. Flights between the coast, andes and amazon only take 30 minutes.
SAFE AND FRIENDLY
Ecuadorians are honest and friendly people who are always ready to help national and international tourists find their way around the country.
Our friendly and genuine nature makes it possible for tourists to feel welcome and be treated as friends.
A CLIMATE OF NEVER ENDING SPRING
Being situated at the equator has its advantages. Ecuador is the ideal country to visit at any time of the year.
Ecuador enjoys springtime weather all year round; this creates the perfect conditions for the nurture and growth of its flora and fauna.
AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION FROM TRADITIONAL TOURISM
Ecuador, thanks to its rich diversity, has something always new to offer that is just waiting to be discovered.
Free from mass tourism exploitation, the country is a paradise from those who want to visit four district and fascinating worlds within one country and for those who wish to have a unique and authentic experience.
Ecuador is a land of mega biodiversity, blessed by the poetic paradox of snow-capped peaks amid the Tropics. Located on the equinoctial line, it harbors the Andean Range, Pacific Ocean and Amazon Basin, all within a country the size of Great Britain or the state of Nevada.
Its four regions give rise to a natural and climatic diversity which can be enjoyed just hours from Quito. Descend from a city in the sky, warmed by the powerful Andean sun, down through the refreshing mist, you cross the equator into another world.
The western slopes of the Andes, a few hours' away, are enveloped in richly-forested hills brimming with endemic species. Ecuador is considered one of the seventeen most bio diverse countries on the planet, with the highest density of species per square kilometer in the world. In the bountiful playground, garden of lush vegetation, towering trees muffled in around 1,840 varieties of birds fly freely through the intense blue sky, while dotting the deep green forests, close to 4,500 species of butterfly flit.
From Quito's pumping veins, be transported to the beauty waterfalls cascading down from the icy peaks. Experience the enchantment of crossing into a secret mosses and veiled in vines, mists of a million water droplets of the enchanting forest, threaded with waxing and waning with the whims of the sun: Ecuador's cloud forest domain.