Ecuador, the adventure land
The Galapagos Islands is inevitably tied to the country of Ecuador in terms of political and economic policies, culture, and other important aspects. Ecuadorian government always has a say in the goings-on within the islands, especially for the tourism sector. As such, we present you with a basic information sheet about everything you might need to know about Ecuador and Ecuadorian policies, customs, beliefs, and general culture.
Ecuador is the second smallest country in South-America, but with a vast diversity of ecosystems spread out in 4 regions such as the Highlands, the coast, the rainforest, and the islands.
Ecuador is a particular spot where visitors can engage in a variety of activities regarding the tourism industry. Therefore, there are places available for adventure, naturalism, cultural, ecological and communitarian tourism through all regions nationwide.
The “Light of America”, was declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage in 1978, it is without doubt one of the most beautiful capital cities in Latin America. It is surrounded by the Spanish architecture which includes baroque and neo-gothic style churches. Quito’s downtown uncovers the history of The Incas and the Spaniards. The “canelazo” is a traditional beverage drunk in special indigenous ceremonies and parades; it is prepared using cinnamon and “puntas”. Panoramic views from the Teleferico, Itchimbia and other gazebos will show the visitant how the metropolis has evolved during the last century.
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The “Pearl of the Pacific” is the largest and most populous city. A visit to the Malecón 2000 and the traditional “Las Peñas” neighborhood cannot be missed. The astonishing beaches will allow you to relax. This metropolis is a treasure where the conquistadors Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín signed several pacts. The food and the traditional “ceviche” (shrimp cocktail) will allow the visitant to be delighted.
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The “Athens of Ecuador” is a World Cultural Heritage which exhibits the Spanish and French architecture. Cajas National Park is a few miles away and will allow the tourist to take part in different activities such as hiking, fishing, bird-watching, viewing flora and fauna.
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This traditional city offers the visitant the opportunity to contemplate the indigenous traditions as well as their textile ability. The indigenous markets are famous as their offer autochthonous art. Interaction with this amazing culture is essential to enjoy the folklore and their art. Otavalo has the world’s biggest indigenous market.
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A few kilometers away from Quito, there are Mindo and Bellavista, two cloud forests. These are residence of toucans, parrots and exotic species of birds. Canopying and kayaking can be experimented to level up the adrenaline while enjoying the waterfalls and nature.
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The Ecuadorian Amazon is a biodiversity hotspot. The principal attraction of the hilly forest is, of course, the trees like the timber trees, some soaring higher than 46 m. The Amazon Rainforest supports over 600 species of fish and more than 250 species of amphibians and reptiles like the famous wart snake, caimans and tree frogs. The Amazon home ancient tribes like the Shuar, Huaoranis, Cofani and Secoya who reside in the forest maintaining their cultures and traditions intact even after colonization.
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The Ecuadorian Highlands can be toured in a train journey to visit the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’. The Ecuadorian Andes mountain range contains volcanoes like, Cotopaxi, the tallest active volcano and Chimborazo which is the farthest point form the centre of the Earth. The Devil’s Nose Train Ride is very popular and essential to enjoy this ‘avenue’.
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Ecuador’s richest treasure is located on the Archipelago of Colon. Charles Darwin based all his research on these magical volcanic islands. The Origin of the Species and the Theory of Evolution was inspired by the numerous finches and unique species in the world. The majesty of the Galapagos tortoises is revealed as soon as you enter their territory. The beauty of the iguanas and flamingos can be contemplated.
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