Ecuador is a unique cultural oasis host to a variety of beautiful landscapes. The country appeals to all types of travelers, offering luxury and backpacker accommodations, soft and hard adventure activities, indigenous cultures and unique species of animals you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Here are the top five places you should visit when travelling through the country.
1. Northern Andes
North of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, you’ll find the vibrant Northern Andes. This mountainous region is known for its majestic peaks, “lake region” and indigenous villages. Many people visit the Northern Andes to see the volcanic lakes, particularly Quiloltoa. When travelling through the region, a stop at Otavalo Market is a must! The market sells Ecuadorian handicrafts, including hand-woven ponchos, wool sweaters and woodcarvings. Enjoy a unique and authentic travel experience with a stay at Hacienda Zuleta, a country house built during colonial times on 4,000 acres of land. When visiting, guests can check out the Condor Huasi Project, which supports the rehabilitation of the majestic Andean Condor.