Top 10 Things to Do in Ecuador (Ecuador Travel Guide)

Top 10 Things to Do in Ecuador (Ecuador Travel Guide)


– Ecuador is one of the countries with the highest biological
diversity in the world. While most people are familiar with the popular Galápagos Islands
and maybe the capital, Quito, they’re missing out on La Sierra which is the Andean region of the country. Along the avenue of the volcanoes, you are able to see Ecuador’s
most incredible landscapes. (happy music) With this video, I introduce
you to the best things to do in Ecuador along this
avenue from north to south. Vamanos! The Otavalo valley
itself is worth a visit. The city of Otavalo is
located approximately one and a half hours north of Quito. And is surrounded by three volcanoes. The reason for a visit is the
fact that one of the largest, indigenous markets for
clothes in South American is taking place here every Saturday. Don’t forget to bargain. The so called Lake of the
Guinea Pig is situated in a former volcano crater
better know as a caldera. Right at foot of the volcano Cotacachi. The view from the edge of
the crater is phenomenal. You can also go for a
boat tour on the lake. If you got some more
time, I recommend hiking the whole crater loop, which
is about 20 kilometers. One of the must in Ecuador
for most travelers is the equator, which is also
responsible for the name of the country. I myself took the chance and
visited the Quitsato monument. which is a huge Sundial near Cayambe deriving from the Inca culture. The monument is located
exactly on the equator and you are able to spot the
Cayambe volcano from there. The capital of Ecuador is also the highest official
capital city in the world, with it’s old town being part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. You should plan a least a few days to explore a number of sites
of Quito and it’s surroundings. My visit to the hot
springs of Papallacta was the relaxing finish of my trip. The village is located around
60 kilometers east of Quito. The pools are field
with thermal water from the surrounding hot springs. De Reserva Ecologica Cayambe Coca is one of the most
beautiful national parks in the north of the region and
perfect for hiking trips. You can easily add a
stay at the hot springs as you actually drive past
them on your way to this hike. Quilotoa is one of my favorite
places to see in Equador, similar to Cuicocha, it is a
huge crater filled with water. On clear days you can enjoy
it on extraordinary panorama. Besides the popular view point at the village named Quilotoa, I recommend checking out the
to access view point, Shalala. Which is mostly unknown. A trip with the Tren Crucero
is considered to be one of the most picturesque
train rides in the world. in three days the train runs
from Quito down to Guayaquil and passes all possible
climate zones and landscapes. On it’s way down, I was
lucky enough to ride the section between
Riobamba through Alausi and the Devil’s Nose to Bucay. And was blown away by the views. Close to the city of Cuenca
you can visit the most important Inca site in Ecuador. The whole complex is
bastion and a sanctuary at the same time. Very similar to the structures
you can find in Peru. The third largest city
of Ecuador is also home to a very beautiful old
town which is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage
and definitely worth a visit. Besides the architecture
including the huge cathedrel, I liked the relaxed atmosphere. Cuenco is also known for is nightlife. Alright, if you want to find
out more about the places mentioned go and check out
my related travel guide where I also list how
to get to those places and where to stay. If you’ve been to Ecuador yourself, tell us your favorite places to visit in the comment section below. Finally don’t forget to subscribe for new travel videos every Thursday. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to Do in Ecuador (Ecuador Travel Guide)

  1. I am going in the fall to visit a very ill friend who gets sick from electro magnetic waves. I'll take any advice of how I can build a faraday cage in someone's room with materials readily available in Cuenca! And also anything to make this a spectacular trip instead of just trying to save a childhood friend's life. Does anyone know any medicine men or shamanic healer that can help me in Cuenca?

  2. I loved your video. Informative and with interesting scenes. Not too much talking and wanna-be-show-off

  3. Hey loved the tour! Is actually a cool place like that, well done Steve. Also, video quality and sound the video is tight. Great job, I always tell my followers and subs that having a dialed in video and sound is key to growing on YouTube and since I love supporting my fellow creators you just got yourself a new sub!

  4. Hallo Steve 🙂 Deine Videos sind super! Kannst du ein bestimmtes Land in Lateinamerika empfehlen, wenn man nur 3 Wochen hat zum reisen und trotzdem so viel wie möglich sehen will vom Land&Leute&Nature? Wir würden gerne paar Tempel/Kultur anschauen!! , aber auch gerne Outdoor unterwegs sein (wandern 🙂 , vielleicht schnorcheln (aber kein Muss), ein paar wenige Tage zum relaxen am Strand oder irgendwo abgelegen wäre auch sehr schön, bevor es wieder zurück in den stressigen Arbeitsalltag geht…).
    Wir sind jetzt keine kompletten Neueinsteiger im Reisen. Waren 2015 in Guatemala unterwegs was super schön war. Jetzt wollen wir gerne eine Guate reunion in Lateinamerika machen und sind eig noch offen fuer alles 🙂
    Würden uns sehr über eine Nachricht von dir freuen!
    Viele liebe Grüße
    Ini und Sara

  5. You missed a most do in la sierra baños near otavalo is a place where you can find termal pools, falls and canoeing canoping or rafting. And of course the famous Pailon del Diablo is a walking around the waterfall and it takes you behind it.

  6. No en todos casos hay justicia para violadores, ni aqui en Estados Unidos America🇺🇲 pues Manuel Vicente Quiroz Tenelema, Equatoriano violo a mis dos niñas y aun la mayor confeso a las autoridades Los echos, ellos que porque habia sucedido 4 Años atras, no tomaron accion imediata, ella confeso por miedo a que le pasara lo mismo a su hemrana menor la cual cumpliria la misma edad de cuando esto le empezo a suceder, pero Los officials no querian despertar a la niñar menor para preguntar si a Ella le habia echo algo, pues esa noche que porque habia que investigar a profundidad pero ni siquiera le chequearon su cellular a ver si tenia Alli fotos a videos comprometedores y porque El voluntaria mente vendria a la estacion de policia a declarar en 2 dias, solo le permitieron sacar algunas pertenencias entre Estas sus 3 celulares, lo sacaron de la casa lo llevaron a un motel para que quedase Alli, y luego tube yo que compadeser con mis hijas a declarar, a hacerles consultas fisica, y medicamente se comprovo que a ambas Les iso un daño desgarrador, mas a la pequeña pues Las intimidava con amenazas, mientras yo nosotros dabamos todos Los pasos legales el se escapo a Ecuador y luego tenia yo que continuar yendo a Corte /tribunal, que para establecer orden de alejamiento por si algun dia regresase, que dolor Rabia e impotencia, no hay justicia de hombres pero si a de haber justicia divina, Dios es grande y tendra que rendir cuentas, lo que sigue dando pena El daño a mis hijas y El coraje que pueda ir a hacer a otras victimas en su pais tambien, y no solo esto, El tambien tiene dos hijas, y una sobrina, avisamos a sus familiares, pues solo see sorprenden pues Este llego sin nada despues de vivir tanto Años aqui, dejo Todo votado, porque hullo a Las prisas, no parese sospechozo o inculpozo esta accion, y aun asi Laura Del Rocio Quiroz Tenelema, una de sus hermana lo defiende, y solo questiona si Las Niña's mienten, segunda Ella porque paso mucho tiempo entes de que hablaran, pero lo que no es capaz de entender es que eran simplemente Niñas y sus victimas, que Las manipulo y amenazo…gracias a Dios talvez porque no hablaron antes, no me Las mato! Gracias a Dios auqnue tarde pero hablaron, y ya ese berdugo no les volvera a hacer mas Daño y su hermana que de gracias tambien porque a Ella no le a pasado lo que a mis hijas Niña's Innocents en manos de un psycopata que solo penso en si mismo y ni tuvo remordimiento ni compacion tanto por lo que le hacia a mis Niñas, ni por la verguenza a su propia familia, pena de quienes defienden a Estas personas, pues no aportan mas que sufrimiento y dolor a Las victimas y sus familiares y ellos quieren quedar impune ante todo esto!

  7. Hey everyone! I spent my summer in Ecuador this year and was amazed by the beauty. I have made a short video to show the world how stunning Ecuador is. Please check it out, any feedback would be great 🙂 Muchas Gracias <3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeFGD-fs3ug&t=6s

  8. I’m from Ecuador and it is a beautiful country, everyone should take a trip there, el orients will be my next destination.

  9. Lindo video ,pero vale hacerle saber a los turistas ,que hay mas en Ecuador ,playas, amazonia, llanos ,campos y su gente con otra forma de ser,esto no es todo ecuador,esto es una parte.

  10. Nice video!! Thanks for sharing! I am going to Quito and Guayaquil to celebrate the new year! I cant wait to party in Ecuador! 😂🤩😍
    ❤️ 🇪🇨 ❤️

  11. My favourite places to visit in Ecuador are Cuenca and the Quilotoa volcano,
    I’m from Ecuador and i’m in love with my beautiful country.
    And btw great video! ❤️

  12. I'm Moroccan and I love Ecuador 🇪🇨 I want to visit this Country soon inshallah 🇪🇨🇲🇦❤️

  13. I really missed out on some of these places during my own Ecuador trip. I need to go back, and plan for a longer visit! Great vid!

  14. May I ask why so many people in the comments are "from Ecuador" and "now live in the US" and "want to go back"? Why did you come to the US? Just wondering… Is Ecuador just a vacation spot and doesn't have a lot of jobs and that's why a lot of people come to the US?

  15. Great video. No fluff, just great info and amazing videos. This is my 2nd video of your that I’ve watched. Your ending is exceptional. Well done!

  16. Overall good video (although there are some factual inaccuracies such as: the highest capital city is La Paz and also the Quisato monument is not at the actual equator line but a few meters away from it).

  17. HAHA last time i was in ecuador i got the stomach bug from drinking the water & i threw up everywhere in that flea market! it was horrible!

  18. hi Steve, sehr geiles weil informatives Video, ich freue mich schon sehr auf Ecuador in einer Woche!!!!! Knackig geschnitten, aufs Wichtigste reduziert, die Emotionen sind auch spürbar, wirklich gut!

  19. I love Ecuador! I have visited there many times, I have family is from Ecuador and it is a good place to travel too and get to know.. different from anywhere else.

  20. We just got back from 3 weeks in Ecuador to include Galapagos. I'm surprised you didnt mention Baños, Ecuador. That place is amazing!

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