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Popular Attractions in Ecuador

If you're a first time visitor to Ecuador, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in Ecuador.

What are some good attractions in Ecuador?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in Ecuador.

Quito, Pichincha
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Quito, Ecuador

(02) 228-9428
Galapagos Islands
Leonidas Plaza Guitierrez Quito, Pichincha

(02) 290-9394
Mitad del Mundo
Autopista Manuel Córdoba Galarza,En la vía a Pomasqui Quito, Pichincha

593 3-295-9632 ‎
Iglesia la Compañía
Rio Napo
Distrito Metropolitano de Quito, Pichincha
El Panecillo
Distrito Metropolitano de Quito, Pichincha
Laguna Quilotoa
Santa Cruz Island
El Cajas National Park
Concha de Perla
Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Puerto Ayora, Ecuador


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"If you ever take a trip to Ecuador, or more specifically Otavalo you should definitely read Queen of the Water."  See More

"I would also highly recommend going up Teleferico (cable car that takes you above the treeline and offers great views of the city with some light hiking at the top)."  See More

"I would try the Galapagos Islands for sure (if it was good enough for Darwin."  See More

"Unique Things: Mitad del Mundo the Equator line outside of Quito,"  See More

"If you are looking more for the mountain experience and an urban environment, then Quito or nearby Cumbaya are both very affordable areas with the conveniences of the modernization of the capital city."  See More

"It is very interesting to visit the Iglesia la Compañía, Santa Catalina Monastery, Museo Santuarios Andinos, Carmen Alto view point or Yanahuara view point."  See More

"One of the places we visited involved a 25 minute flight from Quito to Coca, a 20 minute bus ride into town, a 2 hours boat ride up the Rio Napo, a 40 minute hike/walk and a 10 minute canoe ride just to arrive at Sacha Lodge."  See More

"I combined this with a visit to Quilotoa, a very remote, but beautiful lake."  See More

"We climbed to the top of the Basilica del Voto Nacional, took a taxi to El Panecillo, toured the churches of the Historic Center of Quito, and took a day trip to Laguna Quilotoa while we were there."  See More

"I would rather head 150-200km south-east for 2-3 days and see places like Cuenca (Ecuador), Ingapirca or hike in El Cajas National Park."  See More

"It was basically three island experience on Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, and Floreana Island."  See More

"Tortuga Bay: It is a white sand beach that acts as a home to marine iguanas, crabs and different types of bird species."  See More

Where can I find out more about Ecuador?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Ecuador.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

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