- Cotacachi - jJust outside OtavaloCotacachi, Ecuadorrecommended Cotacachi - jJust outside OtavaloGrab a bus from Quito to Cotacachi - Relax and enjoy the countryside. The nearby town of Otavalo is the County / Provence capitol and has the most "Going On" but it is a lot more "Busy" than C'chi. I ... read morego to Ecuador to relax, meet people, relax [and did I say to meet people?] There is also a chap there who will rent you a horse for an hour or so - a very nice way to learn the area. AND - Otavalo is a short ride away on the local bus - so jumping over there is easy.Ed Adams
Grab a bus from Quito to Cotacachi - Relax and enjoy the countryside
recommended BañosSet in a beautiful verdant valley, the cobblestone town is very pleasant to walk around, and there is some great food there. There are some scenic waterfalls all around the town, and some hot springs ... read moreto indulge in as well.
recommended QuitoI was only there a couple of nights before and after a Galapagos trip, but I enjoyed walking around the city, and the food we had, especially the giant corn, was great.
- Devil's CrownDevil's Crown, Isla Floreana, Galapagos Islands, Ecuadorrecommended Devil's CrownThis is one of the best snorkeling spots in the Galapagos Islands. We had a great time circumnavigating the exterior of the crown, with the current. Then we swam into the center. We came eye to eye ... read morewith sea lions, watched sea turtles graze and had a terrific time. The crown is an eroded submerged volcanic cone. Here you can see all sorts of fish and creatures. My big thrill was watching a penguin swim by. Currents can be strong.Barbara Kossy
You may want to take a snorkeling less on before you go.
recommended The Galápagos IslandsIf you can do a cruise and tour of the Galapagos jump at the chance. It's a stunningly beautiful place and the peaceful encounters with the protected wildlife may just change your life. A highlight ... read morefor me was snorkeling with sea lions, turtles, and even penguins!