Destinations

Canoa

Small beach town.

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Sangay National Park

, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Quito

capital city of Ecuador

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Cotopaxi

stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains

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Salinas (Ecuador)

city in Santa Elana, Ecuador

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Puerto López

Beautiful small ocean side city, access point for Machalilla National Park, and Isla de la Plata "Poor Man's Galapagos".

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Esmeraldas

Ecuador

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Baños

human settlement

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Riobamba

City in Ecuador

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Otavalo

Small town one-and-a-half hours north of the capital; famous for its Saturday market of indigenous crafts and livestock.

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Guayaquil

The first most populous city in Ecuador

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Cuenca (Ecuador)

city in Ecuador

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Sights

Chimborazo

volcano and highest mountain in Ecuador; the summit is the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center (as well as the closest point to the moon on Earth)

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Tungurahua

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Cuicocha

lake in Ecuador

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Isla de la Plata

island

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Alausí

place in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador

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Compañía de Jesús, Quito

This church is regarded by many as the most beautiful in the Americas. Partially destroyed by fire, it was restored with assistance from the Getty Foundation and other benefactors. Stunning.

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Mindo, Ecuador

rural area in Pichincha, Ecuador

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Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana

Shows a patchwork of local artists.

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Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Just outside of Quito is where the measurements were first made that proved that the shape of the Earth is in fact an oblate spheroid. Commemorating this is a large monument that straddles the equator called Mitad del Mundo or middle of the world. The entrance for the park is $3.50 (included entrance to small museums - April 2016). Visit here if you're interested in learning some alternative facts and seeing some kitsch. Because it's not on the equator itself, and it's not a serious cultural or educational experience. No, the water doesn't really go down the plughole the opposite way in the hemispheres, and if you want to take it seriously you won't enjoy your time here. For some of the attractions like the planetarium, the price is $7.50. You can also go to the Intiñan Solar Museum which is right next to the monument, on the other side of the north fence. The museum is actually on the equator. For $4 you can have a tour of this little museum.

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Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve is 17 km north of Quito in the province of Pichincha of Ecuador.

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TelefériQo

aerial lift

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La Floresta, Quito

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Ecuador

Ecuador is a country in northwestern South America, with a Pacific Ocean coastline, lying on the Equator between Colombia, to the north and east, and Peru, to the south and east.

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Peru

Peru (Spanish: Perú) is without a doubt one of the most captivating countries in South America. Home of the epic lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the mind-blowing Nazca Lines, this country's unique past awakens the adventurer in travellers of all sorts. Its awe-inspiring scenery varies from the wild Amazon jungles to vast coastal deserts and the icy peaks of the Andes. Peru hosts a biodiversity rarely seen within the limits of a single country, with a list of spectacular wildlife far beyond the well-known llamas and circling condors. On top of all that, Peru's friendly, multi-ethnic people are a cultural treasure on their own. The enchanting mix of dozens of distinct indigenous groups and mestizos, all with their own colourful traditions and food delicacies, is an encounter you won't easily forget.

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Colombia

Colombia occupies the northwest corner of South America. It has an area twice that of France and almost twice Texas, with long coasts on the Caribbean and the Pacific oceans, mountainous regions, and Amazon jungle areas inland. The ethnic groups and cultures are diverse. The country has something to offer almost any traveller.

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