Ecuador Travel – Quito, Volcanoes, Galapagos Island

nullLocated in the Andeas, Ecuador is a land of intrigue for travelers. Travel to Ecuador and you can trek the Amazon, climb volcanoes, or loaf on beautiful beaches. Perhaps the biggest reason to travel to Ecuador is a visit to the famous Galapagosislands. Regardless of your preference, the following attractions are all worth a look.


A hot bed of colonial architecture, Quito is the capital of Ecuador. The city is considered one of the most beautiful in South America with architecturally masterpieces of white washed buildings with red tile roofs. For those living in large cities, you will be shocked by the lack of neon in Quito.

nullSurrounded by snow-capped mountains, the climate is an eternal spring throughout the year. The Avenue of the Amazons, “Avenida Amozonas”, is a bustling area with outdoor cafes and good people watching. Ecuador has economic problems, so watch out for pickpocket thieves.

Avenue of the Volcanoes

South of Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes is a must see. Running down each side of the valley are mountain peaks dotted with dormant volcanoes. Small villages throughout the valley give the area an old world vibe.null

Galapagos Islands

Darwin and the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Islands and Darwin. The two are inseparable. Roughly 600 miles off the mainland, the Galapagos consist of 13 islands with exotic wildlife. You can reach the islands by flying into San Cristobal or take a boat ride to the major islands such as Isabela. At last check, entrance to the islands required a $100 permit.

San Lorenzo Railway

If you’re looking for a new experience, try a ride from San Lorenzo Railway to Ibarra. The trip runs through picturesque scenery, but it the train that is most interesting. The train is actually a bus converted for the tracks! Only in Ecuador!

Ecuador has much to offer travelers looking for something off the beaten path. While the Galapagos Islands are amazing, the rest of the country has much to offer.null

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  • Nick says
    Sounds great! Sounds like a great honeymoon spot! :P
  • samala says
    Iv always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands, they have some awesum wildlife. The lizards are so amazing they look like they're straight out of a dino book! Theres so many beautiful places around the world but I think I'll travel around NZ first, I think you need to see your own country before going and visiting others. HOw are you suppose to explain to people what NZ is like if you havn't really seen it yourself? I went down south and did the Abel Tasman walk, really reccommend it. So beautiful, it was like being on a tropical island. I want to see Tane Mahuta the biggest tree in NZ next. I think that would be pretty cool.
    • JasonMantis says
      Tane Mahuta IS cool! Coming from the uk, I was just blown away by the sheer presence of these monsters.
    • Prettyboy says
      The Avenue of the Volcanoes looks outstanding ( and like Mount Doom from the LOTR) but should probably be crapping myself or paranoid abot the lava or a eruption.
    • barnes10 says
      looks awesome but can you tell me about the important stuff like how much does it cost to buy a pint of beer, how cheap the foood is and last but not least how hot are the women!
    • R says
      I've heard about diving with iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Lizards that swim... how cool is that?
    • JamesM says
      Definitely chucking this on the list for my OE!
    • this IS the most amazing place in the world where each island is like stepping onto a new planet and where the animals are not afraid of humans. Lets hope it can stay this way!!!
    • Sounds like paradise. How available are the drugs? Kidding....
    • KH says
      haha. Very. I mean...what? I have no idea what you're talking about.

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