ECUADOR

Ecuador has many natural and cultural attractions to be explored.

Quito:

This city is full of friendly locals, hearty foods, interesting colonial architecture, and a vibrant nightlife exemplify the Latin American spirit. Visit baroque-styled churches, go to La Compañía de Jesús, ride the cable-car up the Pichincha Volcano, and shop for local crafts at the Mercado Artesanal, La Mariscal.

Straddle the Equator

Walk on the line of the equator at La Mitad del Mundo (the middle of the world). Located just outside of Quito, it is the very spot where in 1736, explorers calculated the equatorial line, representing the middle of the planet, and proving that the Earth is indeed round.

La Nariz del Diablo Train Ride

The Nariz del Diablo (the Devil’s Nose) is a giant rock sloping out from the mountains. The train ride zigzags up a precipitous 330-foot cliff face, from Riobamba to the town of Sibambe: a hair-rising journey by all accounts.

Cuicocha Lake 

is a 2-mile wide crater-lake tucked into the “caldera” (boiler) of the Cotacachi Volcano in the equatorial Andes. This stunning lake’s bright blue waters will startle tourists with its unexpected beauty.

Cutopaxi

Cotopaxi National Park is 17 miles south of Quito. Climb the still active 19,347-foot Cotopaxi Volcano.

Baño de Agua Santa

Get “steamy.” The town of Baños de Agua Santa (Holy Water Baths) lies adjacent to the Tungurahua Volcano and a jungle, giving it a stunning background setting. The area is also located in the midst of some of Ecuador’s best adventure opportunities, as well as a number of natural hot springs and thermal pools.

Learn to prepare and eat “cuy”

(roasted guinea pig).

Cristobal Colón” Spanish School, Quito.

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