GET ENCHANTED IN THE BEAUTY OF ECUADOR
A country of contrasts. Ecuador may well be one of the smallest countries in South America, but it is one of the most bio-diverse in the world.
Offering everything from towering volcanoes, unique wildlife, diverse cultures, and hidden Amazon escapes, Ecuador is guaranteed to leave an impression on you that won’t be easily forgotten.
Ecuador is located in the northwestern area of South America, precisely in the Middle of the World.
Due to its geographical position on the Equator Line, this small country is known as a land of contrasts and is also one of the most bio diverse on the planet.
In a single day you could take an early morning walk or cruise in the Amazon, drive up through a valley of active volcanoes and past verdant cloud forests before winding down to the Pacific coast in time for a seafood dinner.
This beautiful country has an ample variety of climates and landscapes ranging from charming beaches at sea level to snow-capped peaks reaching 6,300 metres high. From the exuberant coastal region to the imposing Andes Mountains and onto the Amazon rainforest, it is jam-packed with wonders. Nature soars with volcanoes and delves deep in the jungles. You will find ancestral cultures living in harmony with the environment yet maintaining their own cultures and lifestyles. Then, only 1,050 km away from the continent lie the amazing Galapagos Islands, one of the World’s most fascinating and scientifically important places. Known for its incredible biodiversity many animals found here are found nowhere else in the world. The beautiful landscapes and volcanic islands are an example of nature at its finest.
We want to help you experience the magic of Ecuador, to be immersed in the diversity, be charmed by the locals and be astounded by the wildlife.
WHAT MAKES ECUADOR SUCH A FASCINATING PLACE IN SOUTH AMERICA?
Your visit to South America will virtually remain incomplete if you skip Ecuador. It is an enthralling country, to say the least. It will revamp your spirits and make you feel rejuvenated in every possible way. Honestly, a visit to this Latin American country will prove to be an exceptional experience.
Ecuador is presumed to be the most bio diverse country in the world. What it lacks in size, it makes up for with its biodiversity.
In fact, it is one of those countries that will leave you dumbfounded by its sheer beauty and natural diversity. While it has snow-capped peaks that leave you awe-struck, the mesmerizing Amazon Forest and the isolated Galapagos archipelago will take you to a different world altogether. These are only some of the diversities that attract tourists from all over the world.
There are so many places to visit, that it is virtually impossible for any travel and tourist company to take you to her every nook and cranny. However, the best companies would make sure you get to the best places that will leave an ever-lasting impression.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is situated at an altitude of 9350 ft above the sea level, along the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano. This makes Quito the second highest capital city of the world, with La Paz, the capital of Bolivia being the highest.
In fact, Quito, which is located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, is flanked by as many as 6 volcanoes. The city is packed with a string of cultural and natural attractions.
It is a perfect melting pot of tradition and contemporary form of art, culture, and architecture, making it one of the most famous tourist spots in the world.
It is famous for scintillating street arts and a wide variety of street foods, hot chocolates, some rollicking jazz, bars and cavernous clubs at the La Mariscal district and a lot more. You can take a stroll in the old town, to get the feeling of the piece of history that dates back to the age of the Incas.
Look for the architecture of the heritage sites that dot the city. Their class and finesse will leave you spellbound. This is the reason, every company that conducts tours and travel in South America take their tourists to this mesmerizing city.
Otavalo is another fascinating city in Ecuador. The town is a quiet mountainous sojourn in the Imbabura Province.
It is mainly inhabited by the Otavalo indigenous group of people or natives of the region.
Otavalo is located at an altitude of 8307 ft and is surrounded by three peaks – Imambura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda. All three are volcanoes.
The city is famous for its hand-woven textiles, generally made of wool, which are sold at the Saturday market. Besides, you will find innumerable street shops, all selling local jewelry, handicrafts, and handlooms, which make Otavaloone of the star attractionsof Ecuador. The city is also famous for traditional music.
Other places of interest include the iconic Amazon forest, which covers almost half of the country. You will have lodges to stay at during the guided tours and carry out excursions in a world full of enchanting flora and fauna.
You can visit the Solar Museum, which is built on the Equator. In fact, it is just 200 meters from the Equator monument.
In short, Ecuador is a mesmerising country that will leave you with some unique experience. Only a quality tour and travel company like Forward Travel will make the tour all the more special for you, thanks to the company’s experience and the expertise of its guides that will accompany you always during your stay.
Middle of the World
Solar Museum, built on the equator (200m from the equator monument). Try some unique equatorial experiments: watch water go down drains in both hemispheres, feel the effects of the “Equator Walk”, and try to balance the egg. David had lots of fun but couldn’t balance the egg. Will you have better luck?
Avenue of Volcanoes
Colonial towns, soaring mountains and ancient ruins line the roads and rails from Quito to Guayaquil. A journey through the Ecuadorian Andes is full of small villages, spectacular scenery and century old haciendas.
Historic Cuenca is a little time capsule taking you back to the grand colonial era. Wandering the cobbled paths is a constant journey of discovery and living history, where getting a bit lost is not a bad thing.
Covering nearly half of Ecuador the iconic Amazon region is jam packed with a huge diversity of plants and animals as well as indigenous communities.
Lodges and cruises vary in comfort, style and excursions but you’ll see similar things in most places. Explore by water in canoes, kayaks or motorised boats, or by foot along trails to see and understand the forest in detail.
The nineteen islands in the isolated Galapagos archipelago lying 960kms from mainland Ecuador, are a haven for wildlife, inspiring Charles Darwin to write his theory on the Evolution of Species. They are fascinating in their diversity as each plant and much of the wildlife have adapted to each unique island.