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Eugenio Espejo, Quito 170401, Ecuador

Few, if any, Latin American capitals are as appealing as Quito. First, there is its climate. This is a city with an eternal spring. Even though it is located near the equator, its altitude, at around 2,850 meters (9,350 feet), means that daily...

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Ecuador

This archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is famous for its fascinating array of plant and animal life that are living examples of the theory of evolution in practice. Located 972 kilometers (604 miles) from the coast of Ecuador,...

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Malecón, Crucita, Ecuador

Roughly 90 minutes by car north of Manta and also on the Pacific Ocean, Bahía de Caráquez has become one of Ecuador's leading resort towns in recent years, popular with both foreign travelers as well as residents from Quito and...

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Ecuador

A ten-minute drive from Bahía de Caráquez will bring you to the Isla Corazón bird sanctuary. This eco-tourism project is located on an island in the estuary that sits just to the east of Bahía de...

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Los Frailes Beach, Ecuador

Los Frailes Beach, in Machalilla National Park, has been described as the most beautiful in Ecuador. At the very least it must be near the top of any list, with its long crescent of white sand and cliffs running along the strand. Los Frailes...

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224km (139 miles) Noroccidente de Guayaquil. Julcuy, Ecuador

While the Incas, Maya and Aztecs get most of the recognition, there were in fact thousands of different civilizations that thrived in pre-Columbian Latin America. At Agua Blanca, in the Machalilla National Park, you can see ruins from the...

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Ecuador

There are larger national parks in the world, but Machalilla National Park manages to fit an extraordinary amount of ecological diversity into its 550 square kilometers (212 square miles). The park includes two types of forest: a rain forest and a...

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Autoridad Portuaria de Manta - Edificio Administrativo, Manta, Ecuador

Havana's Malecón is the world's most famous street with that name, but the term is used for seaside boulevards throughout Latin America. Manta boasts its own Malecón that winds along the city's oceanfront. If your time in...

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Montecristi, Ecuador

The town of Montecristi, some 12 kilometers (seven miles) from Manta, was established in the 19th century, and it boasts a number of historic buildings as well as several cultural sights, including an excellent handicrafts museum (the...

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The neighborhood of El Chorrillo sits just off the highway between Manta and Montecristi. While the latter is world famous for its panama hats, this neighborhood is best known for its sisal production. Small workshops here sell handicrafts made of...