Why each year a million and half tourists hop on a plane for Ecuador? And what a traveller can experience there? If you do not know, keep reading 7 main reasons you definitely need to visit this incredible South American country.
1. Jungles, Beaches, Volcanoes
Even Ecuador is small country in size it can offer a lot of nature. On a small piece of land you can experience the Amazon jungle, beaches of Pacific or Andes Mountains. If that’s not still enough, feel free to climb some volcano or observe the active one from a distance. And it’s not only about Cotopaxi National Park. In total Ecuador has over 40 volcanoes.
2. No Currency Exchange
If you are American, there’s no need to exchange money to local currency. Ecuador’s official currency since 2000 is U.S. Dollar. For overseas travellers it is beneficial as well, as they can prepare exchange in front anywhere in the world.
3. Culture & People
Ecuador is significantly affected by Spanish, African and Indigenous culture. Together It is actually a mix of it. Indian textile products such as Panama hats and brightly colored fabric are here really popular. Country is full of artists making a living by their music, paintings of nature and selling of clay statuettes with motifs of Pre-Columbian era.
Equatorial country is one of the most diverse regions in the world. You can find here exotic fruits, incredible plant species and animals you haven’t seen on Discovery Channel yet. This applies only to the continental part, because Galapagos Islands are even more exotic.
5. Adrenaline Activities
Surfing with sharks? Rafting in the wild jungle? Or would you prefer “only” bungee jumping? Locals take care of tourists demand for any special experience, entertainment or extreme madness. Just choose according to your taste.
Expedition in fortress Ingapirca is a must for Inca culture lovers. Others may be impressed by Post-Columbian architecture and Christian churches full of gold built the Spanish colonizers. And lively history of Ecuador nation is also worth getting to know.
Another reason is the fact, that Ecuadorians love to cook and eat. Once you are here you will understand. Large portions of extremely tasty food is required minimum. Either you try seafood dishes, street food, soups or tropical fruit, everything is well prepared and tasty. Enjoy!