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Ecuador

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With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas. Plan how to spend your time in Ecuador and other destinations in Ecuador using our Ecuador trip planner.
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Places to visit in Ecuador

Puerto Ayora Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Nature / Park, Geologic Formation Quito Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Religious Site, History Museum Puerto Villamil Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Nature / Park, Island Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Landmark, Scuba / Snorkeling Cuenca Trip planner BEST FOR: National Park, Church, Specialty Museum

Nature in Ecuador

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National Park
El Cajas National Park Cuenca
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Water Body
Laguna Quilotoa Cotopaxi Province
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Geologic Formation
Las Grietas Puerto Ayora
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) Banos
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ecuador

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Natural History Museum
Interpretation Center Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
El Garrapatero Puerto Ayora
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Puerto Chino Beach San Cristobal
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Volcano
Sierra Negra Isabela
4.3
Duration: 6 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Ecuador

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Beach
Playa Punta Carola San Cristobal
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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La Loberia San Cristobal
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Beach
Punta Espinoza Fernandina
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Playa de los Alemanes Puerto Ayora
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Ecuador

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Cuyabeno Reserve Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Concha de Perla Puerto Villamil
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Park
Cormorant Point Floreana
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado San Cristobal
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Ecuador

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Art Gallery
Galeria Aymara Puerto Ayora
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Casa Museo Guayasamin Quito
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Intinan Museum San Antonio de Pichincha
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Art Gallery
Maki-Art Gallery Puerto Ayora
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Parasailing / Paragliding
KAJOL LAVAN TRAVEL Banos
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Aningatravel Banos
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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Historical Tour
Guayaquil A Guided Visit Guayaquil
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Taxi / Shuttle
Servi Taxi Banos Banos
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

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