One Month in Ecuador
Collected by Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
Amid your Andes highland hikes and wildlife spotting, take time to wander colorful Andean markets, venture to the "middle of the world," and ride through the mountains perched atop a chugging train. Then head to the Pacific coast for surf lessons, a primitive fishing experience, and deep orange sunsets.
Blvd. 9 de Octubre 101, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador
Comprising four coaches—with interior designs ranging from pre-Hispanic to neoclassical—the Tren Crucero takes four days to mosey from the Pacific coast to Ecuador’s capital in the Andes. An open terrace car provides unbroken views of the Devil’s...
Gil Ramirez Davalos, Cuenca, Ecuador
Ecuador is a local foodie paradise. And no more so than in Cuenca. A variety of lush produce grows all year round in small farms surrounding this Highland Colonial city. The volcanic soil of the Andean Mountains nourishes a rich array of fruits...
Puente Peatonal & Ciclovia "Santay", Guayaquil 090101, Ecuador
Break free from the neon lights, parping cars and bustling plazas of Guayaquil by saddling up on a rented bike and gliding across to a lesser-known mangrove island. Lying in the south of the city, Isla Santay could be in another world. Just a...
The village of Cajabamba, in a valley famous for the conflicts between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors that took place here, is now a peaceful market town between coastal plantations and the cloud forest. The town is also known as a trekker...
10, Padre Aguirre, Calle Larga 41 y, Cuenca, Ecuador
When in Ecuador, wear what the Ecuadorians wear. Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla is a small museum in Cuenca that explores the history of Panama hats. This delightful museum also shows the intriguing making process and sells a huge variety of...
Daniel Cevallos Rd 1064, Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to the "Middle of the World." Actually, Ciudad Mitad Del Mundo is a little askew from the middle of the world – the equator lies about 800-feet north of the marked line. Nevertheless, in this city, located in Pichinita, you can climb...
Malecón Simón Bolivar, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador
Guayaquil has undergone a much-needed facelift in recent years, including the transformation of its oldest community. Delightfully reminiscent of La Boca in Buenos Aires, but on a hillside, the community of Las Peñas, located at the Malecón's...
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