10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Ecuador

10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. It is set on the equator, and it is home to volcanic mountains, lush jungle and beautiful Pacific coastline. The people are very friendly, and it has cities that are full of life. Here is a guide for visitors to Ecuador on the top ten most fabulous tourist attractions in the country.

1. Cotopaxi

One of the things that Ecuador is most famous for is tis volcanoes. Cotopaxi is the second-highest mountain peak in the country, and it is also a beautiful snow-covered volcano. It features one of the few glaciers that are located along the equator. It is very near Quito, which makes it a great day trip for visitors who want to explore the volcano up close.

Cotopaxi

2. Quilotoa

This beautiful crater lake is set high in the Andes. The lake was formed when a volcano blew its top more than 800 years ago. The lake is more than 250 meters deep, and it holds stunningly beautiful water. The color shifts between the most eye-catching blues and greens as the sun changes angles along its surface.

Quilotoa

3. The Basilica of the National Vow

Visitors to Quito have to see this amazing cathedral. It is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the Western Hemisphere, and this is true despite the fact that the cathedral has never been finished. The local legend says that the completion of the cathedral will bring about the end of the world.

The Basilica of the National Vow

4. El Panecillo

Much like the statue of Christ the Redeemer sits overlooking Rio de Janeiro, El Panecillo stands watch overlooking Quito. This volcanic hill overlooking Quito’s Old Town features a statue of the Virgin Mary at its summit. The statue is very unique. It is one of the only representations of the Virgin Mary to feature angel wings. It was constructed of more than 7,000 separate aluminum pieces and stands 45 meters tall.

El Panecillo

5. Malecon 2000

Guayaquil is a city of youthful energy, and Malecon 2000 is the beating heart of its activity. This vibrant riverwalk offers the finest art, museums, food and atmosphere in the country. This is a great place to have a world-class meal and enjoy some shopping while in Ecuador.

Malecon 2000

6. Cajas National Park

This is a stunningly beautiful place that features more than 250 lakes for visitors to explore. It is also home to many varieties of plants and animals, including one of the most biodiverse collections of spice plants on the planet.

Cajas National Park

7. Baños

Baños is one of the most amazing attractions in the country. This town set high up in the Andes is surrounded by things to do. There are lots of adventure activities like white water rafting, mountain climbing, hiking and hang gliding that visitors can try while they are in Baños. When they need to relax, Baños is home to many mud baths and hot springs to melt their tension away.

Banos Ecuador

8. Mojanda Lakes

These three large volcanic lakes were created by the Mojando Volcano. This volcano has been inactive for more than 200,000 years, but its beautiful lakes are a testament to the power it once held. The area is very desolate and offers visitors a rugged beauty to explore.

Mojanda Lakes

9. Tena

Many visitors to Ecuador forgo the jungle to enjoy the mountains, but the Amazon region of the country is well worth exploring. Tena is the launching point for jungle expeditions to the Amazon, and it is one of the best places in the country to go white water rafting as well.

Rafting Ecuador

10. Montañita

No trip to Ecuador is complete without a trip to the Pacific Coast, and Montañita is the best coastal town to visit. It is a very energetic little village that is home to some great resorts and some of the most beautiful oceanside property in the world. It is a great place for visitors who want to learn to surf, and it is also home to some great Spanish-learning schools.

Montañita

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