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    The Galápagos Islands

    5
    29 reviews

    God's gift to the world. Although highly threatened in areas, this is one of the most pristine land-sea wilderness areas left on the planet - particularly in the tropics. Dozens of endemic species, wildlife as tame as house pets, and beaches appropriate for any island paradise make the Galapagos an A-list spot for anyone!

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    Montañita

    3.5
    6 reviews

    Backpackers, sun-seekers, and seasoned surfers from around the globe roam the dirt streets of this thatched-roof village. The tropical hideaway on the Pacific coast is speckled with palm trees, jewelry hawkers, and low-cost accommodations like Hanga Roa hostel, with its toes in the sand at La Punta, the town’s famous surf point. Eat from the bicycle ceviche stands that roll ...

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    Otavalo

    4.5
    8 reviews

    Otavalo has one of the best-known and yes the best local crafts market in Equador. The town itself is full of artists and artisans. I remember a little shop full of amazing little creations of villages and people all made of colored dough. I bought a wonderful small oil painting of a mysterious night mountain scene in the local style. ...

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    Isabela Island

    5
    4 reviews

    The largest and most volcanically active of the Galapagos. A tropical paradise and laboratory of evolution. Heaven on Earth.

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    The Amazon

    5
    1 review
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    Cotopaxi National Park

    5
    2 reviews

    Cotopaxi. My spirit mountain. This conical, ice covered giant. The tallest active volcano on Earth. And something about it touches me on a deep, spiritual level. I am drawn to it and likewise to his sisters - Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo - like a horse to water. These icy heights lured me away from a life in the lowland tropics, jungles ...

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    Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

    5
    2 reviews

    This is the place in the Amazon to come see aquatic wildlife. The lagoons and rivers of this wetland park are teeming with giant otters, manatee, river dolphin, turtles, piranhas, anaconda and more. A wet and wild wonderland.

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    Yasuni National Park

    5
    1 review

    An Eden for the Huaorani people, biologists and natural history lovers a like, Yasuni has been the epicenter of conflict between big oil, the environment and indigenous peoples of the Amazon. That being said, it's still a raw and pristine world, and a world away from any other jungle you've ever seen. This place is not just biodiverse - it ...

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    Canoa

    4.5
    3 reviews

    The great thing about Ecuador's mainland beaches is that you can still find special spots like Canoa that cater to adventurous beach travelers, but yet are completely undeveloped in a tourism sense. Canoa is truly a backwater fishing village with a spectacular beach and few tiki hut bungalows where you can truly escape the modern world. Rustic, but enchantingly beautiful.

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    Papallacta

    4
    1 review
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    Machalilla National Park

    4.5
    2 reviews

    While the tropical rainforest holds the title for insane biodiversity, there is something about tropical dry forest that captures my imagination. It holds a more enchanting, almost magical allure over me compared to its soaking wet cousin. Machalilla is a perfect example of what I am talking about. During the wet part of year, it's nearly indistinguishable from rainforest, but ...

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    San Cristóbal

    5
    1 review

    The chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador is famous for its inspiration of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. Here on the Galapagos Islands, animals have evolved and adapted to survive in ways found nowhere else on earth. I recently had the incredible opportunity to go on a 7-day Galapagos wildlife cruise ...

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    Quito

    4
    41 reviews

    Traditional and charming city, Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is possibly the country's cultural center as well. Although our visit to Quito was quite brief, we had a pleasant day of exploring both the touristy part as well as the more local part of the city. We even tried their very environmentally healthy and efficient public transportation! This ...

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    Guayaquil

    4
    39 reviews

    In the Ecuadorian "Tale of Two Cities" that wages between Guayaquil and Quito, I've always been partial to Quito. However, as Guayaquil has revitalized over the years, so has my interest in it. I've seen this city transform from a sketchy coastal slum, to a somewhat beautiful port metropolis. It's amazing what can happen to a town when it's people ...

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    Mindo

    3
    2 reviews

    Mindo is set amongst spectacular cloud forests on Ecuador's coast-facing outer Andean slope. The town has come to be known for it's unparalleled bird watching, and there are a number of lodges and resorts that cater to this activity. It's soggy and damp as you'd expect from a cloud forest, but unbelievably beautiful.

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    Quito, Cuenca and the Andean Highlands

    5
    1 review

    Ever since entering the travel business I have been intrigued by Hacienda Zuleta and the Andean Mountains. Zuleta is located about an hour and half north of Quito in a stunning, fruitful valley. This is a charming place to spend two or three days immersing in the Ecuadorian land, people and communities. I was fortunate enough to kick off my ...

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    Quito Metropolitan Area

    5
    1 review

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