Quito’s Old Town is what makes the city famous, containing a huge number of colonial churches and religious buildings set around elegant plazas. Old Town is cleaner, safer, and a joy to wander around following a recent multimillion-dollar regeneration. While there are excellent guided maps and multilingual tours to be had, independent travelers will find exploring easy with expert author Ben Westwood’s account of the area.
Ecuador invites you to wake up gazing at the Pacific, drive through the Andes past 5,000-meter-high volcanoes, and reach the Amazon rainforest before sundown. This is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. Nowhere but on the Galápagos Islands can you view wildlife so utterly unconcerned by humans. If wildlife-watching is your passion, diving in the Galápagos is probably already on your list, but be sure to add Ecuador’s other top wildlife destinations.
Volunteering is an excellent way to experience Ecuador’s culture as well as its landscapes; wander Quito’s Old Town on your free days, famous for its huge number of colonial churches and religious buildings set around elegant plazas.
Travel Maps of Ecuador
Currently available from the pages of our travel guides are over thirty maps of Ecuador, helpfully divided by region.
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