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What to see in Ecuador

City of Quito
Province of Pinchinada, City and Canton of Quito

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.

Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca
Province of Azuay

Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is set in a valley surrounded by the Andean mountains in the south of Ecuador. This inland colonial town (entroterra), now the country's third city, was founded in 1557 on the rigorous planning guidelines issued 30 years earlier by the Spanish king Charles V. Cuenca still observes the formal orthogonal town plan that it has respected for 400 years. One of the region's agricultural and administrative centres, it has been a melting pot for local and immigrant populations. Cuenca's architecture, much of which dates from the 18th century, was 'modernized' in the economic prosperity of the 19th century as the city became a major exporter of quinine, straw hats and other products.

Galápagos Islands
Cantons: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, Province of Galapagos

Galápagos Islands

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these nineteen islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique 'living museum and showcase of evolution'. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a 'melting pot' of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflect the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life - such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch - that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution following his visit in 1835.

Sangay National Park
Provinces of Morona Santiago, Chimborazo and Tungurahua

Sangay National Park

With its outstanding natural beauty and two active volcanoes, the park illustrates the entire spectrum of ecosystems, ranging from tropical rainforests to glaciers, with striking contrasts between the snowcapped peaks and the forests of the plains. Its isolation has encouraged the survival of indigenous species such as the mountain tapir and the Andean condor.

The Magic Roundabout Cabañas Baeza

Sangay Hotel & Spa Banos

Yuturi Lodge Coca

Yarina Biological Reserve Coca - Yasuni National Park

A Casa Naranja Cuenca, Hostal Macondo Cuenca, Posada del Angel Cuenca, Verde Limon Hostal Cuenca

Hostal Orilla del Rio Guayaquil, Tangara Guest House Guayaquil

Hostal Llullu Llama Isinlivi

Manglaralto Sunset Hostel Manglaralto

El Bambu Mindo, El Descanso Mindo, Hostel Gypsy Mindo

Hostal Doña Esther Otavalo, Jatun Pacha Hostel Otavalo, La Luna Otavalo

Hosteria Oceanic Puerto Lopez

Aleida's Hostal Quito, Casa Quinde Quito, Casapaxi Quito, Chicago Hostal Quito, Fevi E-lodging Quito, HI - Quito Quito, Hostal Alcala Quito, Hostal de la Rabida Quito, Hostal Huauki Quito, Hostal Jardin Del Sol Quito, Hostal Jhomana Quito, Hostal La Galeria Quito, Hostal Margarita 2 Quito, Hostal Santa Barbara Quito, Hostal Tutamanda Quito, Hotel Majestic Quito Quito, Iguana Lodge Quito, La Casa Sol (Bed & Breakfast) Quito, La Casona de Mario Quito, Posada del Maple Quito, Real Audiencia Quito, San Francisco de Quito Quito, San Jorge Eco-lodge Quito, The Secret Garden Quito

Hotel Casino Calypsso Salinas

Momopeho Rainforest Home Hacienda San Pedro

Butterfly Lodge - Cabanas Alinahui Tena, Hostal Los Yutzos Tena, Hostel Yutzos 2 Tena


Where to stay in




Coca - Yasuni National Park







Puerto Lopez



San Pedro


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