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Straddling two hemispheres, the Ecuadorian diorama encompasses Andean cloud forests, the highest concentration of volcanoes and species rich islands in the Pacific. 300 years of Spanish rule, preceded by Inca hegemony, make it one of the most architecturally rich places on Earth as well.
Galapagos cruises – You can go Darwinian only in Ecuador. Off its coast lie the Galapagos islands that led the naturalist to frame his definitive theory. A chain of 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets, it bursts with some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. See Blue Footed Boobies, huge Waved Albatross, vermillion Fly Catcher, Sea Lions, Lava Crabs, Iguanas, Dolphins, the iconic giant Galapagos Tortoises and more.
Mashpi Cloud Reserve – Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve is officialese for a mist shrouded, 3,200-acre orchid-filled, mysterious forest complete with giant anthuriums, ferns, mosses and towering trees. Ride a sky bike through the canopy, 60 m up in the air, while the birds, bees & beasts go on about their business below!
Parrot Clay Lick, Yasuni National Park – Watch fastidious Parrots and Macaws land on the river banks early morning to lick the mineral rich clay. The clay licks are part of birding tours in the lush and diverse Amazon forest in Ecuador.
Handicraft market, Otavalo – Called a ‘rainbow of textiles’, this Saturday market sees the Plaza de Los Ponchos festooned with blankets, wall hangings, handbags, table runners, alpaca wool sweaters and scarves. All created by the indigenous Otavaleño people, weavers from Pre-Inca times. The villages here specialize in different crafts; so apart from the main market, you can pick up leather at Cotacachi and weavings at Peguche. Silver jewellery, Panama hats and wooden carvings are firm favourites.
Museums of Cuenca – A charming city of cobblestones, colonial architecture and sprawling parks, Cuenca is the country’s museum capital. Art, anthropology, weird local customs or pottery, there’s a wonderfully curated museum for it. Our must see list includes the Central Bank Museum, Prohibited Museum and Museum of Aboriginal Culture.
Volcano Tour – The most dramatic volcanoes in Ecuador are now part of a 200 km stretch known as the “Avenue of Volcanoes”. The route takes you to Chimborazo, Cuicocha crater lake, Quilatoa Crater Lake, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Lake Amarilla (with its view of 9 peaks) among others. Geology aside, the trip winds its way into the heart of the Andean highlands, going past quaint villages and ancient markets. The more active can opt for treks, horse rides or mountain biking.
Lagunas de Mojanda & Fuya Fuya – Supposedly created by star crossed Inca lovers, the 3 turquoise lakes sit in an ancient volcanic crater. The gentle slopes are covered by knee high grass and the occasional cactus plant. A 1.92 km stretch from the lakes takes you up to an altitude of 1,750 ft to Fuya Fuya (cold, cold). The trek is through Páramo or an alpine tundra ecosystem and the summit has vantage views of the lakes.