Best of Ecuador’s Southern Sierra
Ingapirca Ruins: The Inca empire’s only remaining sun temple is the centerpiece of Ecuador’s most impressive set of pre-Columbian ruins.
Catedral Nueva: Cuenca’s historic center is dominated by the massive twin-towered facade and sky-blue domes of the new cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
El Cajas National Park: Only an hour from Cuenca, hike through rugged and chilly moorland, past jagged rocks and hundreds of lakes.
Podocarpus National Park: Ecuador’s southernmost national park near Loja drops dramatically from Andean páramo to tropical rainforest and boasts some 600 bird species).
Vilcabamba: The famous “Valley of Longevity” may or may not help you live longer, but its balmy climate, beautiful hikes, and spas are the perfect repose for weary travelers.
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