A pocket-sized version of all that’s synonymous with South America, Ecuador offers an array of rewarding things to do. Visit Cotopaxi National Park, home to the world’s largest active volcano and a scenic destination for walkers, bikers, climbers and horse riders. Head to Otavalo for one of the most colorful markets in South America where you can browse for textiles, ceramics and paintings, or visit the colonial city of Cuenca with its Panama hat factories. Meanwhile, a trip into the Amazon rainforest offers the chance to experience jungle living at Minga Lodge, a sustainable tourism project that helps improve the lives of the local villagers.
Ideas for experiencing Ecuador
The experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Ecuador, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed.