The Most Popular Tourist Attractions In Ecuador

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Ecuador is a attractive destination for all tourists, who love pure nature, historical sites, beautiful beaches, wildlife, adventure and water sports. At their disposal are lots of charming hotels in Ecuador, which provide prime quality service together with really excellent prices.

There are a lot of must see things in Ecuador, so in order to help you to plan your vacation without missing several of them, here is a list of the most popular tourist attractions in Ecuador.

1.Quito- Ecuadors capital (and second-largest) city has a setting of exceptional natural magnificence, overshadowed by the volcano Pichincha with its twin peaks of Ruco and Guagua. There you can find a few of the most outstanding Ecuador hotels. Quito used to be a important Inca city that was destroyed shortly before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Despite the fact that no Inca traces remain, the city has preserved a lot of its Spanish colonial character, the cathedral in the Plaza de la Independencia (the oldest church in South America) as well as the several old churches and monasteries being among the most notable instances. Most of Quitos colonial churches are located in the Old Town, components of which have been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

2.The Andean Highlands- The Pan-American Highway traverses the country from north to south, a spectacular route which passes through each of the principal cities of the Andean Highlands. You can find a variety of charming cities there like Tulcn, Chota, and also the valley of Otavalo. South of Quito, the region of Latacunga and Ambato has much fine scenery, marked by an avenue of volcanoes. Two active ones are located inside of the Parque Nacional Sangay, a national park of exceptional magnificence which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The park is characterized by various landscapes, ranging from rain forests to glaciers, as well as numerous indigenous animal species, which include the mountain tapir and the Andean condor.

3.Guayaquil- Ecuadors largest city, Guayaquil is additionally the chief port and commercial center. One day for certain wont be enough to take a look at all its attractions so you can book a hotel in Ecuador and have a lot of fun. A great starting point for sightseeing could be the Rotonda, the citys most historic landmark, which faces the fascinating garden promenade of Paseo de las Colonias. Across the malecn are the Government Palace and city hall while, at the northern end, one can find the ancient fortress of la Planchada.

4.The Littoral- This is a narrow coastal belt. The chief ports offer visitors with a number of the greatest resorts for deep-sea fishing on the west coast. Especially beautiful are the towns of Playas Posoria and Salinas, while Esmeraldas, one of the countrys major ports, is also known for its beautiful beaches. The relaxing island of Muisne is also turning into a well-known destination.

5.The Oriente- El Oriente is the term used by Ecuadorians to refer to the Amazon basin in eastern Ecuador. This is a primeval world of virgin forests and exotic flora and fauna, still mainly inhabited by Indians. The principal towns of the area are El Puyo, Lago Agrio, Macas, Suca, Tena and Zamora. Tourist excursions are available along the rivers, which provide the principal method of transport. One of the main rivers in this region is the Napo which, like most of the rivers in the Oriente, is a tributary of the Amazon (which lies further east in Peru). Baos is really worth visiting, taking its name from the various springs and pools of hot and cold mineral waters. It's also the gateway to the Amazon region, passing through the spectacular gorge of the River Pastaza.

6.Galpagos Islands- Situated about 1000km west of the Ecuadorian mainland, the islands are bleak, barren and rocky. Made famous by Charles Darwins scientific voyage in the Beagle throughout the 19th century, the islands specific wildlife which includes giant tortoises, lizards and iguanas remains the most exciting feature for the modern-day visitor. Some 50 per cent of the islands species are found nowhere else in the world. The islands have been turned into a national park in an attempt to preserve their natural state, and, in 1978, UNESCO declared the Galpagos to be the universal natural heritage of humanity. In 1998, the Government enacted a law for the Special Regime for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Galpagos Province, which states that the protection of the area is a state responsibility.
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This article was published on 2011/02/10