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Visit Ecuador and embark on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands or discover the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Stay in Guayaquil in the coastal lowlands or visit the Amazon region inland.
The Ecuadorian wedge of the Amazon rainforest will enchant visitors with its cacophony of birdsong, the playful whoops of monkeys, the still black waters of the rivers, and the flutter of colourful butterflies and tropical birds.
Avenue of Volcanoes
The long and picturesque valley south of Quito towards Cuenca is the start of Ecuador’s indigenous heartland.
As the slopes of the High Andes head down east to the Amazon plains and west to the coastal regions, enormous expanses of cloudforest cover the hillsides.
Undisputedly Ecuador’s prettiest city, Cuenca was founded by the Spanish in the mid-16th century.
Ideally-located for visiting the Andean highlands and the archipelago of the Galapagos out in the Pacific, Guayaquil is a great place to spend a day or two before continuing your journey to new destinations.
Hosteria Pantavi is located in the Tumbabiro area of northern Ecuador in a remote rural setting.
Loja, one of Ecuador's oldest settlements, is a wonderful colonial town, similar in style to Cuenca but with very little international tourism.
A couple of hours north of Quito, the small town of Otavalo, nestling in amongst the surrounding hills and mountains, is famous for its bustling indigenous market, which dates back to pre-Inca times.
The town of Papallacta, located about 60 kilometres from Quito and about two hours drive from the capital, is renowned for its thermal springs and their reputed curative powers.
Set in an Andean valley with the verdant Pichincha volcano rising to the west, Quito is the capital of Ecuador.