Ecua­dor: An Array of Tra­vel Choices for Ever­yo­ne


Excelencias Turísticas del caribe y las Américas - - Des­tino / Destinatio­n -

Pic­tu­re your­self tra­ve­ling around the world as your own boss while dis­co­ve­ring your fa­vo­ri­te des­ti­na­tions. Did you do it? Well, such dream is the li­festy­le of thousands of peo­ple who ha­ve grou­ped together un­der the na­me of di­gi­tal no­mads.

With an area of 256,370 squa­re ki­lo­me­ters, the An­dean nation has ear­ned its na­me "Country of the Four Worlds" be­cau­se of its coast, jun­gle, high­lands and the Ga­la­pa­gos Is­lands, a Na­tu­ral He­ri­ta­ge of Hu­ma­nity and Biosp­he­re Re­ser­ve.

In ad­di­tion to its exu­be­rant na­ti­ve flo­ra and fau­na, snow-cap­ped vol­ca­noes, bea­ches, Ama­zon fo­rests and do­zens of in­di­ge­nous na­tio­na­li­ties, the te­rri­tory is dis­tin­guis­hed by the wi­de va­riety of op­tions, in terms of pri­ces, for rest, ex­tre­me sports or di­rect con­tact with its cul­tu­re and tra­di­tions.

The Sie­rra, the most vi­si­ted re­gion in all of Ecua­dor, is a very po­pu­lar alternativ­e be­cau­se it allows the ex­chan­ge, at low pri­ces, with la­kes, ri­vers, pris­ti­ne moors, co­lo­nial towns and in­di­ge­nous craft mar­kets.

The Midd­le of the World City, in Pi­chin­cha, province whe­re Qui­to (the ca­pi­tal) is lo­ca­ted, is the most vi­si­ted tou­rist pla­ce in the who­le nation, the­re­fo­re, a must-see.

An­ces­tral ho­mes, the Pla­za del Ca­cao, the Mu­seum of Craft Beer, Pla­ne­ta­rium and the em­ble­ma­tic Equa­to­rial Mo­nu­ment, which brings together the main events sin­ce the arri­val of the French Geo­de­sic Mis­sion for­med by aca­de­mics, who mea­su­red the me­ri­dian arc, are part of its charms.

But if it is a ques­tion of per­ma­nen­ce, Min­do, with one of the hig­hest con­cen­tra­tions of biodiversi­ty, re­cei­ves locals and foreigners with ac­com­mo­da­tions, gastronomy and ac­ti­vi­ties for all bud­gets.

Hos­tels and ho­tels wel­co­me tou­rists in­ter­es­ted in kno­wing their or­chid gar­den and but­terfly farm or in en­jo­ying, out­doors, hi­king, ca­nopy and tu­bing.

The py­ra­mids of Co­chas­qui, an ar­cheo­lo­gi­cal re­search si­te, and the Qui­lo­toa La­goon, for­med in the cra­ter of a vol­cano, are other good op­tions.

In the Ama­zon the­re are al­so sur­pri­ses wit­hin reach, with places li­ke Puer­to Mi­sahua­llí, whe­re you can en­ter the world of the in­di­ge­nous com­mu­ni­ties and with the ty­pi­cal ca­noe trip you can get to know the li­fe and cus­toms of the an­ces­tral peo­ples.

Drinks such as chi­cha and gua­yu­sa, a good Mai­to of fish, wrap­ped in ba­na­na leaves, or the chon­ta­cu­ro ske­wers (chon­ta worm), are part of the ty­pi­cal cuisine of­fe­red in the area.

It is im­pos­si­ble to stay several days in Ecua­dor and not reach the coast, whe­re the en­joy­ment is not only in the com­bi­na­tion of sea and sun, but al­so in

its fis­hing settle­ments and in­ter­na­tio­nally recognized dis­hes such as sh­rimp ce­vi­che, en­ce­bo­lla­do, bo­lón de ver­de or en­co­ca­do.

Mon­ta­ñi­ta, Ca­noa, Puer­to Ló­pez, Bahía de Ca­ra­quez, San Lo­ren­zo, Mom­pi­che are so­me of the bea­ches avai­la­ble for a se­re­ne swim or a day of sur­fing.

Ecua­dor, as a who­le, is a good in­vi­ta­tion to spend ho­li­days in groups, couples or with the fa­mily, be­cau­se in only two or th­ree hours you can go from a den­se jun­gle to a snowy peak, or from the­re to the sea.

Its vol­ca­noes, es­pe­cially the point furt­hest from the cen­ter of the Earth and the clo­sest to the sun, Chim­bo­ra­zo, with an al­ti­tu­de of 6,263 me­ters abo­ve sea le­vel, are uni­que views that will lea­ve post­cards for the rest of your li­fe.

Next to it, the Co­to­pa­xi, Tun­gu­ra­gua, An­ti­sa­na, Ca­yam­be and Illi­ni­za, among ot­hers, are so­me of the na­tu­ral wonders of this South Ame­ri­can country, whe­re tou­rism is pro­mo­ted, with the idea of tur­ning it in­to one of the main sour­ces of in­co­me for the na­tio­nal eco­nomy.

It would be un­fair not to talk about the Ga­la­pa­gos Is­lands, which are ex­pen­si­ve but an ideal re­fu­ge for lo­vers of bio­logy and biodiversi­ty.

The per­fect com­ple­ment, the mu­seums and ma­gi­cal ci­ties li­ke Lo­ja, whe­re the fes­ti­val of Li­ving Arts has tur­ned it, in the last th­ree years, in­to the ca­pi­tal of La­tin Ame­ri­can cul­tu­re; the Cuen­ca, co­lo­nial, ma­jes­tic and hos­pi­ta­ble; and Ota­va­lo, with its han­di­craft mar­kets.

An­ces­tral, me­ga-di­ver­se and mul­ti­eth­nic, Ecua­dor in­vi­tes you to get to know it and li­ve an un­for­get­ta­ble ex­pe­rien­ce for adre­na­li­ne lo­vers, history buffs, in­tre­pid ad­ven­tu­rers or simply peo­ple in need of rest and con­tact with na­tu­re.

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