Located in the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands and has become a desirable place for many westerners to travel to every year. Made up of a picturesque centre, small Kichwa villages and of course one of the most beautiful Amazonian rainforests, Ecuador may be small but it contains a dazzling array of natural wonders. Quito and Cuenca are the historic centres of the country; and with their stunning plazas and 17th Century churches and monasteries there is plenty to see.
Tourists can wonder down the cobbled streets among the architectural treasures which cover everything from its Spanish colonial days to the present day. Ecuador also caters for those looking to take in the breathtaking landscape which can be seen among the Andean villages which have become renowned for their colourful textiles and markets where fresh meat and sea food can be tasted.
The gorgeous landscapes of Ecuador make the perfect backdrop for those looking to partake in mountain biking, hose-back riding or hiking and the country’s famed volcanic landscapes have also become a magnet for wildlife lovers and offer you a place to get up close and personal with tortoises, marine iguanas and doe-eyed sea lions.
Many western travellers also enjoy the music of Ecuador which has a long and deep rooted history. The national genre of music is the Latin Pasillo along with Sanjuanito which attracts many dance lovers, both local and foreign.
Seafood is extremely important – fish and shrimp in particular – being a staple part of the diet in Ecuador. Generally fish will be served alongside plantain, popcorn or tostado.