Check out my Ecuador travel stories in the Travelling across the hemispheres series
Ecuador is a fascinating country – socially, geographically and gastronomically – and I had lots of fun in the four weeks that I spent here. Ecuador has the Pacific coastal strip to the west, the Amazon jungle to the east, and the Andes mountain ranges in the centre. I was backpacking mostly in the hilly terrain, climbing volcanoes and visiting small villages, because I was craving high altitudes and hiking adventures.
Things to do in Ecuador
Pictures that will make you want to travel to Ecuador right now!
From climbing volcanoes and caldera lake summits, to hiking through deep valleys and rainforests, there is a large diversity of activities to do in Ecuador.
With entire old towns of Quito and Cuenca designated as UNESCO world heritage sites, there is lots of colonial Spanish architecture with a Latin American flavour to see here.
Ecuador’s countryside is dotted with villages, and every week or so people converge at local markets for their shopping needs.
Capturing pictures of how it feels to be living in cities and towns of Ecuador.
Never away from a plate of delicious food!
Fiesta de Mama Negra (Festival of the Black mother) – a bizarre colourful and alcohol-induced celebration on the streets of Latacunga.
Places to see:
Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and is spread across a picturesque valley high in the Andes
Famous for its artisan market, there are lots of hiking options in the Andean North too.
A little town under the shadow of the mighty Volcan Cotopaxi.
This multi-day hiking / hitchhiking trip culminated at a gorgeous caldera lake summit.
Cuenca is a city of churches, 52 in total, one for each week of the year.
Baños is on the edge of Ecuador’s Andes mountains and the Amazon rainforest and has lots of activities to do.
Laid back on the Pacific coast, Guayaquil was my last stop in Ecuador