An open-air museum whose walls and narrow streets have witnessed countless historical events and developments dating back centuries, the Ecuadorian capital’s Old Town boasts a range of architectural, archaeological and artistic treasures among its tourist offerings. Those riches are apparent in the buildings of that colonial center but also in its museums, some located within imposing complexes and others in more modest structures whose small doors are gateways to more unknown aspects of its past.
South America dazzles in its cultural and natural diversity. This huge continent includes 12 sovereign states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela), each with its own singular identity. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has identified numerous South American natural man-made sites, areas, and structures and designated them World Heritage Sites, a landmark or region recognized as being of outstanding international importance. Click through this gallery for a definitive guide to what these are and where they’re located.
9 Active Beach Vacations With Snorkeling, Hiking, and Endless Water Sports; Maya Kachroo-Levine; Travel+Leisure
If you’re the type of sun seeker who can’t sit still in a beach chair all day, these activities will keep you going and help you make the most of your destination.
The world famous ancient rock formation Darwin’s Arch simply collapsed in front of their eyes.
The area around the arch is a popular diving spot.
Abundant sea life and giant tortoises are the stars of the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Ecuador.
Many animals in the Galapagos Islands are endemic only to the islands as part of a unique ecosystem. Enjoy these Galapagos animals in photos…
A Galapagos itinerary from Jordan Harvey, a member of Travel + Leisure’s A-List, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world.
With as many activities available as islets to explore, the Galapagos Islands offer a trip you won’t forget anytime soon. Renowned diving sites, brilliant hiking, utterly unique flora and fauna and scenic bays offer just a few reasons for you to spend a week or two chartering through the islands, with onshore fine dining offering you the opportunity to mingle with locals and other adventurous souls – the Galapagos really has it all.
The Galapagos Islands are the home to incredible wildlife, tropical beaches, green highlands, and tons of attractions. It does not come as a surprise that these UNESCO World Heritage Site destinations have continued to welcome innumerable tourists, scientists, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers every day of the year.
Planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands? Read on to find out when to visit, where to stay, what to do, and much more to ace your vacation.
Ecuador’s capital blends its colonialist history with modern flourishes.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ecuadorian capital offers rich history and a budding food scene, pretty parks and plazas, and a mother lode of history and culture.
Church Hopping, Volcano Hikes, and Equatorial Experiments: The 4-Day Weekend in Quito; Paul Jebara; Men’s Journal
From neo-gothic architecture to aristinal ice cream, there are tons of reasons to take a four-day Quito vacation in Ecuador.
It’s no wonder then that over 5,000 expats call Cuenca home. And while many of them are happy to fully embrace their overseas retirement, plenty more are taking the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial side.
The Galápagos Islands promote sustainable tourism by sourcing local guides, managing species’ populations, and limiting tourists.
Welcome tourists! In this edition, Tom Sawyer will talk about the capital of the South American country that is the main exporter of bananas in the world, besides being one of the smallest countries in the American continent. Tom Sawyer is talking about San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Its formal foundation dates to 1534 and it has a population of 2.7 million people while its metropolitan area exceeds 3 million people.
Cuenca, Ecuador… Full information on retiring, cost of living and real estate options for US citizens. Cuenca, Ecuador’s third-largest city.