Why should everyone be planning a trip to Ecuador?
If you've ever been curious about that mystic wonderland called Ecuador, with its volcanoes and rainforests and miles of sandy coasts, not to mention brilliantly colored mountain villages and world-famous Galapagos Islands, you're reading the right information. Here's a short list of reasons why:
Rich with geographic, cultural, biological, agricultural, and academic diversity, Ecuador is a country ripe with opportunities for visitors, whether for pleasure, for study, or for business.
Ecuador has four major geographic regions: La Costa (coastal lowlands), which contains rich agricultural land; La Sierra (Andean highlands), with snowcapped mountains, El Oriente (eastern lowlands), beginning at the eastern foothills of the Andes and containing mostly tropical rain forest, and the Archipiélago de Colón (Galapagos Islands), a group of islands in the Pacific about 600 miles off the coast.
"Island of Peace":
Ecuador is safe, inexpensive, beautiful, and fully accessible. It is not infected with the guerrilla groups or the narco-trafficking that its neighbors, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia have. Public safety is high for a developing country, and neither tourists nor residents feel uncomfortable traveling the highways, visiting the countryside and mountain towns, or staying in the remotest of hotels.
Ecuador is considered to be one of the most inexpensive countries in South America. The best restaurants are affordable, 5 star hotels are reasonable, and Indian crafts and art are surprisingly inexpensive. Ecuador has the US dollar as its official local currency, meaning that visitors do not even have to worry about exchange rates or banking hours.
Small area that covers huge geographical, social, and climatic differences:
Ecuador is just smaller than the state of Nevada, but is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, due to its dramatic changes in elevation and to its location on the equator. The range of cultural diversity found in Ecuador is also staggering, with over 20 indigenous groups and cultures mingling within its small borders. Several languages are spoken, although Spanish is the official language. Cities are urban and sophisticated, while country towns, on the coast, in the mountains, and in the rainforest, retain their historical charm and rhythm. Ecuador is a fantastic example of Andean Latin America in a small, accessible, and safe package. The country represents many of the important political, social, historical and geographic features of the other Andean nations.
Ecuadorians are known for their friendliness and hospitality, both in the cities and in rural areas. The abundance of indigenous cultures makes a visit to Ecuador especially enjoyable because of the number of open-air markets, artisan crafts, street musicians, and saint's days festivals in the plazas of all towns. The weather, especially in Quito, the capital, is considered to be one of the world's most perfect, 71 degrees Fahrenheit average year round, with low humidity and an abundance of flowers and birds.
Quito is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere and has 1,5 million people. The mixing of Spanish architecture, music, customs, and religion with its indigenous and Inca past makes Ecuador a vibrant, colorful, and exotic melting pot. The arts, including significant Colonial works of architecture and painting, have always been an integral part of the nation's history, and writers, artists, and musicians are revered. Museums are excellent, ranging from collections of Inca archeological artifacts, to colonial paintings, to modern sculptures and murals.
There are many incredible things to do and see in Ecuador, and it's all accessible. Contact us at Hacienda Chillo-Jijón to help you plan your next vacation in this exotic and yet familiar country.