Ecuador may be one of the smallest South American countries, but it packs a punch when it comes to things to see and do. Bordered by Peru, Colombia, and the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. In this place that enjoys perpetual springtime, you can discover everything from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands and the soaring Andes Mountains. Adventure after adventure awaits in Ecuador, which means once you go, you’re likely to find yourself returning again and again. Start by putting at least a few of these top things to do on your must-experience list.
Visit the Amazon (Nearby Hotels)
The Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest covers the eastern part of the country and is exceptionally rich in biodiversity when it comes to both flora and fauna.
Rules, facts, and information that travelers should know before planning a trip to Galápagos National Park.
Ecuador’s amazing Galápagos Islands are a collection of rocky, volcanic lands that are protected as part of the Galápagos National Park. Best known for their unique wildlife (and as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking research on natural selection and evolution), the Galápagos Islands are a ferociously protected area governed by strict rules and regulations meant to protect the delicate ecosystem.
Here are the facts, fees, and important rules you need to know to plan your Galápagos trip.
Galápagos National Park Facts
Galápagos National Park was created in 1959, and it was the first national park in the entire country of Ecuador.
But a superintendent and rangers were not assigned to Galápagos National Park until 1971, a dozen years later.
For those considering a family vacation in Ecuador, GO! This country offers cities, outdoor recreation, and the Galapagos.
Is it a good idea to go to South America with kids? No – it’s a great idea! Ecuador, a geographically diverse little equatorial country on the Pacific coast of Northwestern South America, is an ideal destination for a family vacation. With its temperate climate, fun activities, breathtaking wildlife, and access to the Andes, the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, and historical colonial cities, Ecuador offers sights, sounds, and experiences that kids will remember for the rest of their lives.
Family vacation in Ecuador: Start in the highlands
The whole country of Ecuador is about the size of the American state of Colorado, but it offers beaches, mountains, jungles, and the world-famous Galapagos Islands, where visitors can see evolution in action.
New reasons to love Latin America’s best preserved colonial city.
Cloud-high in the Andes and hemmed in by the snow-capped peaks of two active volcanoes, few cities have as dramatic a setting as Quito. The Ecuadorian capital’s 16th-century Centro Histórico (Old Town) is not only the largest and best-preserved colonial center in Latin America, it’s also the world’s very first UNESCO World Heritage city.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Quito’s UNESCO inscription. With recently spotted round-trip flights from the U.S. as low as $340, exploring the city’s maze of candlelit monasteries, shamanic healers, and pastel-colored palaces should be on your 2018 list.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s how to experience the best of Quito’s Old Town.
Get your bearings at the city’s largest, oldest, and prettiest square: the palm-shaded Plaza de la Independencia.
A combination of incredible close-up encounters with wildlife and Lindblad’s experience in the Galapagos will help to create lasting memories.
Sailing with Lindblad Expeditions -National Geographic in the Galapagos Islands is one “amazing encounter”. Giant tortoises lumber along the roadside, grazing on scrub. They have no fear of humans. This allows some fantastic photography and free observance of the wildlife as they roam around the park.
Located some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands is one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites, designated in 1978. In 2017 Lindblad celebrates its 50th year exploring the Islands. The 48-passenger National geographic Islander ensures an intimate experience with the surroundings. A combination of incredible close-up encounters with wildlife and Lindblad’s experience in the Galapagos will hel to create lasting memories.
This cruise is all about exploration and discovery, and Lindblad’s naturalists and guides are tru experts.
Mathías Espinoza has a deeply crinkled brow as he squints at the vast ocean around the Galápagos Islands on a July morning. “Bien brava,” he murmurs softly, meaning, “rough.” He has looked out on the ocean many times over his years in the Galápagos Islands, but it never ceases to intrigue him.
Espinoza is inhaling the crisp morning air slowly and deliberately. The small speedboat that is tied to the dock right behind him batters noisily against the wooden palings with force. Shortly, this boat will take a handful of international divers out to a spot where they will descend to see the marine creature Espinoza knows better than any other guide: hammerhead sharks.
The ferocity of the ocean (and its inhabitants) isn’t concerning to Espinoza.
More than 1,500 introduced species have been recorded on the Galapagos Islands, and most have arrived since the archipelago’s tourism industry was expanded in the 1970s.
Native species are particularly vulnerable on islands, because when invaders such as rats arrive, the native species have nowhere else to go and may lack the ability to fend them off.
The main characteristic of an island is its isolation. Whether just off the coast or hundreds of kilometres from the nearest land, they stand on their own. Because of their isolation, islands generally have a unique array of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else. And that makes all islands one of a kind.
However, islands, despite being geographically isolated, are now part of a network. They are globally connected to the outside world by planes, boats and people.
Routes Americas ‒ the only air service development forum to unite North and South America ‒ is heading to Ecuador in 2018.
Home to the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is one of 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries that contain most of the world’s plants and animals. It has become a ‘bucket list’ destinationfor travellers seeking an authentic South American experience with unspoilt wilderness and an abundance of wildlife.
Ecuador is the first country in the world to recognise nature’s right to exist, maintain and regenerate in all its different forms; wildlife like nowehere else can be seen at the Galapagos Islands which lie 100 km off Ecuador’s coast. Flora and fauna evolved in isolation to the rest of the Americas due to the islands’ remote position in the Pacific Ocean, inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
With great drinks, stunning views and cool concepts to match, here are six beautiful rooftop bars that are open throughout the year.
Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you can’t lounge at a rooftop bar. With amazing drinks, great views and cool concepts to match, here are six beautiful options that are open throughout the year.
#1: ALFRESCO 64 (BANGKOK)
Designed like a streamlined, luxury yacht at 800 feet above ground, Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar, offers so much more than its stunning views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River. The front of the bar resembles a yacht’s bridge that includes a beautiful, cabin-like indoor section featuring lacquered rosewood flooring and sunken seating.