Lonely tourist destination, new place to travel alone Part 8 – Ecuador

Ecuador is not a typical tourist route, but still offers a variety of vacation options. The Pacific Coast offers relaxing beaches, while Amazon allows for eco-tourism combined with active sports such as whitewater rafting/kayaking from hiking to Turner. Finally, for history lovers, Quito's old town and Cuenca can see the colonial history of Ecuador.

Ecuador is comparable to Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and more well-known South American destinations, bordering Colombia and Peru. This is a reliable small country, roughly equivalent to the size of Colorado. Despite the latter, Ecuador has 11 national parks, from the west coast to the rainforests and majestic peaks/volcanoes, including the famous Cotopaxi and Tungurahua, with different topography. As for indoor activities, close to museums and construction sites, for those who like to shop, Ecuador is the location of the “Panama” hat, offering a range of goods from silver and leather to local handicrafts.

The Andean country of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located at an altitude of over 9,000 feet above sea level, Quito has a mild climate, even though it is only 15 miles south of the equator. Its name is “the eternal spring city”. The country is the second largest city in the country and still maintains a well-preserved old town, centred on La Plaza Grande, including the Palacio del Gobierno and the cathedral. Nearby is another attraction: San Francisco Abbey.

In addition to these traditional tourists, the attractions themselves, the city itself, include the beauty of the rooftops of the residential area. There are many informal neighborhood restaurants nearby.

The Pacific coast of Ecuador is dominated by its largest city and main port, Guayaquil. Guelcquil has a riverside boardwalk, Malecón 2000, with a number of restaurants and shops, as well as a contrasting nature reserve, not just the launch pad in the west. In addition to the products of the 21st century, its "La Rotonda" has added a historical background to commemorate the meeting between the two most famous liberators of South America, St. Martin and Simon Bolivar.

As mentioned above, Guayaquil is also the main starting point for the westbound trip, mainly to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, 600 miles offshore. Named after the large tortoises found there, the archipelago has a rich history and was partially inhabited by pirates four centuries ago. In contrast, today they are a popular destination for ecotourism. The number of rare flora and fauna is the main attraction that prompted Charles Darwin's visit in the early 19th century. Restrictions apply to protection work, so you must plan ahead for one of the small cruises.

The third largest city in Cuenca, Ecuador still has the past imprint of cobblestone streets and colonial buildings. However, its most notable public buildings date back to the recent era. The large multi-dome "New Cathedral" was completed in the 20th century, and the "Old Cathedral" is now a museum.

Near Cuenca is the Ecuadorian Amazon, spanning six provinces. Visitors often start looking for pink dolphins, apes, three-toed sloths and oversized rodents in Banos.

Overall, the Ecuadorian holiday offers something for everyone, from leisurely history and cultural tours to active adventure outdoor sports and eco-tourism at reasonable prices. In addition, Ecuador's unique weather zone offers a choice for those who prefer to travel to the beach or tropical rainforest in the tropics, or for those who want to escape the heat to enjoy the mild climate of Quito. Finally, Ecuador retains the unique flavor of the Andean region while still serving international travelers.