Ecuadorians consider Cuenca the most charming city, located in a peaceful and relaxing setting. As you enter the city you can enjoy the outstanding skyline marked by shining church domes.
As you head down the Panamericana road, you will find lower elevations and warmer drier climates. This region has a lonely, faraway feel to it, reinforced by its sparse population, scarcity of large towns and long stretches of wild. Nevertheless, its charms are considerably the most rewarding and beautiful pockets of Ecuador’s southern provinces. This region encompasses Cañar, Loja and Azuay provinces.
Wonderful scenery is common-place almost everywhere you travel in the Andes, but the central Andes offer some of the loveliest mountain scenery in the country. In this part of Ecuador, the Andes are at their most volcanic, with over fifty peaks pushing upwards from the colliding tectonic plates below them. Alexander von Humboldt described the route south from Quito to Riobamba as the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, with the peaks of the twin sierras arrayed on either side.
Museums and Archaeological Sites to visit in and around Quito. Don’t miss the chance of placing one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern hemisphere of our planet in the Middle of the World site.
Go to the Teleferiqo and watch the whole city from 13,287 ft, visit amazing museums and galleries and take a walk through la mariscal.
Come visit Quito, the second highest capital in the world! UNESCO advertises Quito as the city with “the best-preserved, least altered historic center in Latin America.”
In the Northern Andes of Ecuador you will find a variety of destinations; from colonial haciendas, stunning mountain landscapes, beautiful local markets, highland lakes inside craters, and one of the most biodiverse regions of the country; the cloud forests west of Quito. Also, don’t miss the chance of placing one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern hemisphere of our plant in the Middle of the World site.
Some provinces in Ecuador’s highlands such as Imbabura, Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, and Chimborazo, are named after the most important mountain or volcano in its territory. Most mountains have their original name in an indigenous language, mostly Quichua.
Climate ranges from tropical equatorial rain in the Amazon, to perpetual snow on the top of the mountains. Cities in the highlands reach temperatures that vary from 50ºF to 70ºF, while coastal cities’ temperatures vary from 60ºF to 80ºF during the day. The weather in the jungle is constant: rainy, humid and warm. The Galapagos Islands are sunny and warm during the months of December to May; the temperature at the islands drops from June to November.
Hay viajeros que aman sumergirse en lo natural y en ese concepto de natural hay muchas opciones por elegir, pero hay tres que son esenciales; montañas, selvas y costas, otros viajeros en cambio prefieren adentrarse en cultura, gastronomía, arquitectura e historia y es precisamente Ecuador, ese país que abarca todo lo necesario para uno maravillarse, incluyendo su magnitud, gracias a la cual es posible recorrer en pocas horas los paisajes más alucinantes y diversos.