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  1. 59 National Parks & Reserves;

  2. 5 Crater Lakes;

  3. 5 Waterfalls;

  4. 10 Volcanoes;

  5. 5 Archaeological Monuments;

  6. 5 Tourist 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.

Discover Top 100 Historic and Natural Landmarks Ecuador

Ecuador has 100+ famous Historic and Natural landmarks, including fabulous national parks teeming with wildlife in, inca & colonial monuments in Quito, beach towns, which can all be combined into a wonderful vacation and a lifetime experience. We invite you to browse through some of the pictures below and click some of the links to get an impression of what the famous 100+ landmarks of 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, like Ecuador Travel Guide, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:



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AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.


For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.




Price: from $ 99

 1 día

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.


Lodges along Yasuni ­ National Park are excessively expensive and excursions are just organized close to each lodge. We developed a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges.



Price: from $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno


The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartocoche lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Secoya Indian Village.


Price: from $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre


The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of the lower Cuyabeno and Zabalo 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: from $ 799

5 days


admirando las increíbles aves


Located in Southern Cuyabeno, the Cofan Lodge is the only lodge in that part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with quality programs and great facilities. It is owned by the Cofan Indians and provides a totally different experience from any other lodge in Cuyabeno.



Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Programs 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 lodge and chose the best location right on a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

Price: from $ 390

4 - 5 days


Chimborazo con Lamas


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 Vecunhas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.


Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael


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: from $ 1999

9 days


Bartelome ent Galapagos


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



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: from $ 1199

7 days

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Top Tourist Attractions Ecuador

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 Coca, 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, are famous for their knowledge about birds as well as other Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rainforest Plants. If you have really little time, you can join us on our new Cuyabeno Day Trip.


We now even offer a special tour the Lagarto Cocha Expedition, to the most remote corner of the Amazon Region of Ecuador, the "Oriente", which is Lagartocoche, where you are on the border with Peru. You will explore both the Ecuadorian part, which still is the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and in the Peruvian part in the Airp Pai Community Reserve, where you will be hosted in the Secuya village just across the border river Rio Lagartococha on the Peruvian side.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Cuyabeno Lodge Sign100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Amazon River Lodge Cuyabeno


Rio Napo and Yasuni National Park

The Yasuni National Park lodges along the Napo River are known to be extremely expensive. We did not like that, as we feel that national parks are for everybody. Therefore we developed the Yasuni National Park - Napo River program, which takes you to the highlights of the park and along the Rio Napo.


Most Famous Historic Landmarks of Ecuador


Lonely planet elected Ecuador's capital Quito number 2 in the world's 10 cities to visit in 2016! 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! Moreover, more than 100 museums in Ecuador of which 40+ museums in Quito, some of which are of international quality, while Mitad del Mundo takes you to the Ecuatorial line, just north of Quito.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Quito, Golden interior of the Compa?a Church100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Santo Domingo Cathedral in Quito

The Compania church in Quito is one of the most famous landmarks of Ecuador.

The famous Frailejones Aster.



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!


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Andean Musico group in Otovalo100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Otavalo Indian women in traditional dress

Otavalo is one of the top tourist attractions of Ecuador.


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, but still it is a one of Ecuador's 100+ top tourist attractions of national importance.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Inmaculada Concepci? Cathedral in Cuenca100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Pumapungo Inca Ruins in Cuenca Ecuador

The Cuenca Inmaculada Concepcion Cathedral is an important historic landmark in Ecuador.

Pumapunga is another historic Ecuador landmark.


Famous Landmarks Ecuadorian 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, Pichincha 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 vicuna reserve at its foothills. We organize great Andes Ecuador Treks:


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Cotopaxi in the Andes100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: San Rafael Waterfalls

The Cotopaxi is one of the most famous Ecuador landmarks.

Hidden in a deep valley along the road to Lagoagrio, the San Rafael waterfalls present a fantastic Ecuador landmark.


Cajas National Park

Cajas National Park, Ecuador's paramo national park with more than 200 crystal clear lakes and pools. It is one of the few places where you can still find in tact Polylepis trees, which are the highest living tree species in the world.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Visitor Center at National Park Cajas, Ecuador100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Paramo Parks Tour Ecuador

A nice visitor center at El Cajas National Park.

Tourists crossing a creek in El Cajas National Park.


Podocarpus National Park

The mysterious Podocarpus trees in Podocarpus National park near the city of Loja is the southernmost mega park of Ecuador with fabulous opportunities for hiking, camping and glamping.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Podocarpus tree in Podocarpus National Park in Ecuador100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Podocarpus tree Ecuador

Most Podocarpus trees have been cut, but a few remaining groves have survived the onslaught, hidden deeply in a valley

One of the tallest podocarpus trees.


Ingapirca Historic Landmark

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 should be on the top of your what to do in Ecuador list.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Ecuador Chamber at the Temple of the Sun at Ingapirca100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Temple of the Sun with Inca wall at Ingapirca

Ingapirca is one of the greatest of the 100+ tourist attractions of Ecuador and the Temple of the Sun its most famous historic landmark.


Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos National Park doesn't need further introduction as the top Ecuador Tourist Attraction! 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 5 days Amazon Adventure or our new Rio Napo - Yasuni National Park tour.


100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Bartolome Island on Galapagos National Park100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Galapagos Sea Lions

No doubt, Bartelome is the most famous landmark at Galapagos.


Mangrove parks

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

100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Fishermen at Mangrove, Ecuador100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Red Mangrove Tree, Rhyzophora mangle


10 Popular beaches

  1. Montanita, Santa Helena;

  2. Playas & Salinas beaches;

  3. Puerto Lopez;

  4. Machalilla National Park;

  5. Atacames;

  1. Bahia de Caraquez;

  2. Guayaquil;

  3. Corazon & Fregatas Mangrove Reserve;

  4. Cherute Mangrove Reserve;

  5. Cayapas Mataje mangrove reserve.

100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Best surfing beach, Montanita.100 MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS ECUADOR [2024]: Best beach, Los Frailes.

The Montanita beach is much less mundane than those of the great resort beaches.

It is still possible to find a quiet spot on the beach, particularly off-season.


Ecuador Train Rides

A great variety of 1-day Ecuador Train Rides are offered at affordable prices in beautifully restored trains. For example:

  • Tren de la Libertad: Ibarra - Salinas - Ibarra 6 hours 10:30 Wednesdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren de los Volcanes: Quito - Tambillo - Machachi - El Boliche 8 hours 08:00 / 09:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren del Hielo: Riobamba - Urbina - Riobamba 3 hours 40 min 08:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren del Hielo: Ambato - Urbina - Ambato 8 hours 08:15 Friday to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Sendero de los Ancestros: Riobamba - Colta - Riobamba 4 hours 12:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Nariz del Diablo: Alausi- Sibambe - Alausi 2 hours 30 min 08:00 / 11:00 / 15:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Banos del Inca: El Tambo - Coyoctor - El Tambo 1 hour 30 min 09:30 / 11:00 / 12:30 / 14:30 / 16:00 Wednesdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren de la Dulzura: Duran - Bucay - Duran 10 hours 08:00 / 08:15 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays.

Outdoors Activity Center and Spa at Banos

  1. Thermal Baths

  2. Zip-lining

  3. The Pailon Waterfalls Stairways

  4. Wild water rafting

  5. Mountain biking

  6. Bungee jumping

  7. Trampoline

  8. Hiking in the mountains

  1. Paragliding

  2. Rappelling

  3. Bahia Nightlife

  4. Buggy carting

  5. "End of the World" Swing

  6. Nuestra Senora del Agua Church

  7. Museum


Major Ecuador Landmarks

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:

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

  2. Ecuador Museums;

  3. Ecuador Churches;

  4. Banos, Ecuador's Adventure Activities Center;

  5. Ingapirca, Ecuador's "Machu Picchu";

  6. People of Ecuador.


PARKS & TRIBES Travel Agency in Quito
Ecuador Address: Las Casas, Crossing Street: Jose Coudrin, 2 streets above the Occidental Highway, Canton Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Neighborhood Belisario Quevedo 
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