It speaks volumes about a place when the right of nature, ‘to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate,’ is enshrined in the constitution. That’s the case for Ecuador, and yet its biodiversity is just one of the reasons our specialists have been drawn back time and time again, coming to know the country intimately.
In addition to the Galapagos, Ecuador’s attractions include the cloudforest, where you can seek out delicately patterned endemic orchids, and the Amazon, brimming with species from river dolphins to rare kingfishers. The otherworldly scenery of the Avenue of Volcanoes is yours to explore on foot and by train. And Ecuador’s points of interest also include its many hubs for artisanal crafts: you might watch toquila straw being woven to make Panama hats in Cuenca. Or pour over the fine ceramics in little-visited Loja.
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Popular places to visit in Ecuador
Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting Ecuador, these selected places are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travellers. How you choose to include them in your trip can be tailored into a route that best suits your preferences.