The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ecuador

Ecuador

Ecuador’s dramatic and varied landscapes have to be seen in person to believed.

Ecuador often tops those “Best of” lists put together by travel magazines, and it’s easy to see why. The small South American nation boasts a grab-bag of unique, dramatically beautiful regions, including the legendary Galápagos Islands as well as Andean vistas that will literally and figuratively take your breath away. Ecuador is also home to some of the finest Spanish Colonial architecture in the world and an amazing folk art scene driven by indigenous craftspeople. Thanks to recent infrastructure improvements, the country is easier than ever to explore, so start planning your adventure now.

travel tips

When to go

Ecuador has four regions: the Oriente (tropical rainforests in the east), Sierra (central mountain range with spring-like weather year round), La Costa (humid, tropical Pacific coast), and the subtropical Galápagos Islands. Each of these areas has a unique wet/dry season, so plan accordingly. For example, August to September and December to March tend to be the driest, and best times to visit the Amazon basin.

Transportation

Government-run buses are common in larger cities. The Metro, an underground rail system, is currently under construction in Quito. It’s set to open in late 2019/early 2020.

Insider tips

  • Ecuador is an adrenaline junkie’s best friend, renowned for its surfing, zip-lining, white-water rafting, and mountain biking.  
  • Though Spanish is Ecuador’s official language, millions of indigenous people call the country home, and many of them speak the Incan language Quichua.
  • Try helado de paila (“ice cream in a pail”), a sorbet-like treat that’s prepared and served in a big copper bowl. It’s a specialty of cities and villages in the Andean highlands.

top attractions

Galápagos Islands

Explore the archipelago that captured Charles Darwin’s imagination nearly 185 years ago.

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Quito Old Town

The well-preserved colonial center of Ecuador’s capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Cotopaxi National Park

A popular nature preserve with a volcanic centerpiece.

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featured properties

Park Inn by Radisson Quito

Located in the heart of Ecuador’s vibrant capitol, Park Inn by Radisson Quito is the ideal choice for those looking to be close to the action. After exploring the best of Quito, come back to free Wi-Fi, a restaurant with both local and international cuisine, fitness center, as well as free breakfast during your stay.

Radisson Hotel Guayaquil

Situated on the east side of Guayaquil with quick access to malls, restaurants, medical offices and the airport, Radisson Hotel Guayaquil offers an ideal location for business travelers and vacationers. The hotel’s amenities include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, 24/7 fitness center, airport shuttle, and free parking.

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