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TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR

  1. 51 National Parks & Reserves;

  2. 5 Crater Lakes;

  3. 5 Waterfalls;

  4. 10 Volcanoes;

  5. 5 Archaeological Monuments;

  6. 5 Touristic Towns;

  7. 5 Top Beach Resort Areas;

  8. 5 Thermal Bath & Spa towns;

  9. 5 Popular Historic Train Rides;

  10. 5 Top Extreme Sports Sites.

Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Ecuador

Ecuador has many popular tourist attractions, that include fabulous nature and wildlife in national parks and reserves, adventure tourism opportunities, which can be combined into a wonderful vacation and a lifetime experience. We invite you to brows through some of the pictures below and click some of the links to get an impression of what Ecuador has to offer.

 

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.

STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.

 

 

Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days

 

Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!

 

Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days

 

Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

NORTHERN ANDES TOUR

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The 600,000+ ha Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is the only major Amazonian park in the world that can be reached over a paved road! Drive straight from capital Quito to our motorized canoes within the borders of the park, or even better, fly from Quito to Lago Agrio, where we pick you up on the airport and take you on a magnificent Amazon adventure! The Cuyabeno Lodge is Rainforest Alliance verified. The guides of our  lodge, the Cuyabeno Lodge, are famous for their knowledge about birds as well as other Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rainforest Plants.

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Cuyabeno Lodge SignTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Amazon River Lodge Cuyabeno

 

Quito

Lonely planet elected Ecuador's capital Quito number 2 in the world's 10 cities to visit in 2016: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/cities! With its many cathedrals, historical buildings and streets, it was the center of the Roman Catholic church of South America during the Colonial days, is the most beautiful colonial capital of the entire American continent!

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Quito, Golden interior of the Compañía ChurchTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Santo Domingo Cathedral in Quito

 

Otavalo

Otavalo is the center of the famous industrious Otavalo Indians, who have developed themselves as a strong economic force, while maintaining their cultural values. Their Indian art market is famous for their beautiful artisan craft and one of the finest hand-woven fabrics and other crafts in Latin America. No-one ever leaves Otavalo without buying at least something; some people buy a lot!

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Andean Musico group in OtovaloTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Otavalo Indian women in traditional dress

 

Cuenca

Cuenca Ecuador, the friendly colonial city in the south of the country; not as dramatic as Quito but extremely friendly and gentle and the point of departure for exploring the southern Andes of Ecuador:

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral in CuencaTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Pumapungo Inca Ruins in Cuenca Ecuador

 

The Andes

The Valley of the Volcanoes is a dramatic landscape between Otavalo and Cuenca, which is bordered with famous volcanoes at both sides, like the Cayambe at the Equator, Picincha towering over capital Quito and reachable by cable cart, the Cotopaxi, the world's highest active volcano, throning over a national park with a herd of lamas and the world's highest mountain on earth measured from the earth's center, the Chimborazo with a vecuña reserve at its foothills. We organize great Andes Ecuador Treks:

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Cotopaxi in the AndesTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: San Rafael Waterfalls

 

Cajas National Park

Cajas National Park, Ecuador's paramo national park with countless crystal clear lakes:

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Visitor Center at National Park Cajas, EcuadorTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Paramo Parks Tour Ecuador

 

Podocarpus National Park

The mysterious Podocarpus trees in Podocarpus National park:

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Podocarpus tree in Podocarpus National Park in EcuadorTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Podocarpus tree Ecuador

 

Ingapirca

UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ingapirca ruins of Ecuador, the mysterious Inca city of which no record exists and whose history largely remains a mystery until the present day;

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Ecuador Chamber at the Temple of the Sun at IngapircaTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Temple of the Sun with Inca wall at Ingapirca

 

Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos National Park don't need further introduction! When you go to Ecuador, you have got to see the only place on earth where animals don't flee from people: the lost paradise. See Galapagos and complete your vacation with our 4 days Amazon Adventure.

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Bartolome Island on Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Galapagos Sea Lions

 

Mangrove parks

The famous Ecuadorian mangroves in Esmeraldas Province with great jungle lodge Ecuador programs:

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Fishermen at Mangrove, EcuadorTOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ECUADOR: Red Mangrove Tree, Rhyzophora mangle

 

This is just a selection of many tourist destinations that Ecuador has to offer. Please consult some other great pages about Ecuador's Most Popular Tourist Attractions:

Newly restored Tourist Ecuador Train Network, South America's finest;

Ecuador Museums;

Ecuador Churches;

Baños, Ecuador's Adventure Activities Center;

Ingapirca, Ecuador's "Machu Picchu";

People of Ecuador.

 

PARKS & TRIBES and the COFAN LODGE have their sales office inside:

Hotel Balmoral, Address: Calle Moreno Bellido E6-57 & Avenida Amazonas, Quito

Telephone: (++593)(02) 2 50 5310, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 96 29 35 271

Email: [email protected]

Skype: ecotravelworldwide

Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.