Teds Travels Ecuador small and impressive
Last week I told you about Guatemala, a small and beautiful country. And as I said, Ecuador is another small gem in Latin America. Did you know that one can start the day with a refreshing swim or surf in the Pacific coast, then have lunch at the bottom of a volcano followed by dinner with macaws in an Amazon jungle and perhaps take another swim around a lagoon just off the Rio Napo, all in the same day?
Amazing diversity and great things to see, do and explore, in Ecuador you will find tropical rainforest, mountain cloud forests full of wildlife, snow-covered volcanic peaks and active volcanoes, Inca ruins, traditional villages with locals showing off their beautiful traditional dresses, amazing markets full of textiles, ceramics, crafts, amazing fresh produce and National Parks along the altiplano between the magnificent Avenue of Volcanoes.
You can suggest treks, climbs or taking gentle walks between haciendas that are hundreds of years old. Your clients can learn to cook, or to weave, grow roses and explore the exotic flora and fauna. And then they can hop over to the Galapagos, but that’s another story.
In mainland Ecuador, I strongly recommend your clients these must do’s:
- Visit the Amazon along Rio Napo, where comfortable and nice lodges/boats offer outstanding activities and views
- Travel along the Avenue of Volcanoes, from Quito to Cuenca, stopping at colonial haciendas by private car or take the train from Quito to Guayaquil
- Walk to the base of Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the world’s highest volcanoes
- Visit the colourful market of Otavalo
- Walk around colonial Quito, part of UNESCO world heritage list
- Walk around Cuenca and buy a Panama Hat, as this is where they are originally from
- Ride the train down Devil’s nose, and figure out why it’s called that!
- And do not miss being in two places at once by standing on the equator with a foot in each hemisphere!
Last but not least, did you know, with a peak elevation of 6,263 m (20,548 ft.), Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador? As it is the highest peak near the equator and due to its location along the equatorial bulge, makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s centre, higher than Mt. Everest!
Call us today to tailor the itinerary for your clients for around 12 to 15 days on mainland Ecuador, and then 4 more nights in the Galapagos Island, Ecuador is so beautiful and luckily for us, small, so we can tour around the country from one point to the other!
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au