Ecuador is a beautiful country in the northwest part of South America. It is a traveler’s paradise: from rainforest to wildlife and from volcanoes to sea creatures, here are five reasons why you should consider Ecuador for your next vacation destination.
The price tag
The cost of living in Ecuador is much cheaper than in the United States, and they use the US dollar as currency so you will notice the difference without doing the math. You can eat a four course meal with soup, fruit juice, an entrée, and dessert for three dollars or less. Bottled water costs thirty cents a bottle, and public transportation costs twenty-five cents across the city.
The beauty of Ecuador is that it boasts a variety of terrain in one small country. You can go exploring in lush rainforest, relax in a hammock on the beach, go hiking in the mountains among dormant volcanoes, or help out on a family farm. The Galapagos Islands, though pricier option, also offer a wealth of unique flora and fauna, in addition to exotic animals.
There are few places in the world where you can wake up to a glass of fresh squeezed orange, pineapple, or even passion fruit juice. Ecuador has an incredible amount of delicious fruit that can all be pulverized and strained into juice. Although you may get tired of rice and potatoes, you can’t miss the juicy fried pork (fritada) or goat stew (seco de chivo).
Every day is a history lesson
Even travelers who aren’t Latin American history buffs will enjoy exploring the historic town of Cuenca or the rugged streets and elegant architecture of old Quito. You’ll learn about the currently thriving indigenous communities and the Spanish conquest of the great Incan rulers. What better place to learn of this imperialist period than the same land it occurred in?
The “mitad del mundo,” or middle of the world, runs right through Ecuador. For this reason, many new travelers are surprised at how chilly the night are in Quito. Much of the country lies nestled in the mountains, so the climate is mild. The beaches are obviously hot and humid, but that’s something a refreshing dip in the ocean can fix!
Ecuador is one of the safest, most diverse countries in South America. If you’re planning your next vacation abroad, don’t pass up the opportunity to explore this amazing country and experience all it has to offer.