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Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a constitutional, republican, centralized country in northwestern South America. It is divided politically-administratively into 24 provinces, 221 counties and 1,500 parishes.

Ecuador covers an area of 283,561 km². Its capital is Quito. The most frequented by tourists and foreigners have different shades due to the various tourist activities offered by the country.

Ecuador is a country with vast natural wealth. The diversity of its four regions has led to thousands of species of flora and fauna.

Ecuador has two cities Cultural Heritage: Quito and Cuenca, as well as two natural heritage sites: the Galapagos Islands and Sangay National Park as well as a world biosphere reserve, as is the bulk of the boxes.

Ecuadorian territory includes ocean Galapagos Islands 1000 km from the coast. It is the country with the highest concentration of rivers per square kilometer in the world, the greatest diversity per square on the planet kilometer and one of the most biodiverse countries taking countless plant and animal species, it is currently the only country It has in its constitution the right environment.

Main Tourisy Attractions in Ecuador

Among the main tourist destinations in Ecuador are:

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands also known as The Galapagos and officially Colón Archipelago, is an archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean 972 km off the coast of Ecuador. It consists of 13 large volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets, distributed around the line of terrestrial Ecuador. The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the largest scientific and tourist attractions of Ecuador; without a doubt, it is the most known and famous country attractive.

Currently the number of visitors to the Galapagos reaches close to 200,000 tourists per year. The Galapagos Islands (Galapagos Islands also and officially Colón Archipelago) are an archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean 972 km off the coast of Ecuador. It consists of 13 large volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets, distributed around the line of terrestrial Ecuador. Administratively, the islands are a province of Ecuador, whose capital is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (officially, is also called Insular Region of Ecuador). The February 12, 1832, under the presidency of Juan Jose Flores, the Galapagos Islands were annexed to Ecuador. From February 18, 1973 are a province of this country. It is estimated that the formation of the first island took place more than 5 million years ago, as a result of tectonic activity. The most recent islands, calls Isabela and Fernandina, are still being formed, the most recent volcanic eruption in 2009 has been recorded.

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The Galapagos Islands are famous for its numerous endemic species and the studies of Charles Darwin that led him to establish his theory of evolution by natural selection. They are by tourists, called the "Enchanted Islands" as the flora and fauna found there is virtually unique and it can not be found anywhere else in the world. That's why many people visit them and enjoy to know the animals and unique plants.

The Galapagos were declared a national park in 1959, protecting 97.5% of the land area of ​​the archipelago. The remaining area is occupied by human settlements that already existed at the time of the declaration. By then, about 1000-2000 people lived in four islands. In 1972 a survey found that 3488 people lived in Galápagos, but in 1980 this number had dramatically increased to more than 20,000.

In 1986, the sea surrounding the islands was declared marine reserve. Galapagos UNESCO included on the list of World Heritage Site in 1978, and in December 2001 this declaration for the marine reserve was expanded.

In 2007, they were included in the list of list of World Heritage in danger because of the mass tourism and invasive species. The July 29, 2010, the Galapagos Islands were removed from the list of endangered heritage by the Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

The archipelago has different international figures that have been implemented to try to ensure the conservation of Galapagos; including: reserve of natural World Heritage, Ramsar site, whale sanctuary, biosphere reserve, etc. The Global Strategy for the Conservation of Nature Galapagos identifies as a priority biogeographic province for the establishment of protected areas. Nationally the figures of national park and marine reserve, reflect the commitment of the Ecuadorian government to preserve this important legacy for future generations of Galapagos, Ecuador and for humanity in general.

Baños de Agua Santa

Baños de Agua Santa

Baños de Agua Santa is famous as a city that attracts more tourists in Ecuador, is, 3 hours south of Quito. It is strategically located in the center of Ecuador, between the Andes and the Ecuadorian Amazon, has a spring weather wet mild throughout the year, with an average temperature of 18 ° C, it is at a height of 1,820 meters on the slopes of the volcano Tungurahua. The WWF gave the nominative baths "A Gift to the Earth". It is the ideal place to enjoy a range of activities and attractions instead. Situated between Sangay and Llangantes national parks, It is also known as "La Puerta del Dorado" And "A Bit of Heaven" also offers many attractions: you can visit the Basilica of the Virgen del Rosario de Agua Santa, you can visit different waterfalls, climb the Tungurahua (volcano) ( taking precautions because it is a volcano in eruption activity), test marshmallows (sweet made from sugar cane), there are varieties of handicrafts made in balsa and tagua.

Baños de Agua Santa is a suitable place to practice various adventure sports such as town: rafting, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, bungee jumping, horseback riding, nature walks, canopy, mountain biking, etc. It has 5 municipal spas with mineral and sulphurous waters ranging from cold to 18 ° C, to the hot 55 ° C; emerge from the bowels of the Tungurahua volcano. It has a pink zone where more than 30 clubs, bars and discos give away tourists a fun and safe environment. In this city you can access more than 80 restaurants with varied national and international cuisine.

The main tourist attractions of Banos de Agua Santa are

  • Spa Santa Clara
  • Balneario Las Peñas or Modern
  • Pools of the Virgin
  • Pools El Salado
  • Ines Maria waterfall
  • Waterfall Coma Lady
  • Ulba waterfall
  • Waterfalls Chamana
  • Waterfall Bascun
  • Waterfall Agoyán
  • Cascada El Manto de la Novia
  • Waterfalls The Ghost and Pleasure
  • Cascada de San Pedro
  • Waterfall Heart
  • Waterfall gunpoint Goblin
  • Cascade of Verde River or Pailón Devil
  • Angel waterfall Manto
  • Waterfall Machay
  • Cascading Orchids
  • Cascada San Agustin
  • Cascada Refugio parrots
  • Cascada San Miguel
  • Rock Waterfall Toucan
  • Waterfall Manantial Dorado
  • San Francisco waterfalls and Refugio del Gallo de la Peña
  • The Butler
  • Zoo and Aquarium Bathrooms
  • Cerro Hermoso
  • National Park Llanganates
  • Sangay National Park

Yasuni National Park Ecuador

Yasuni National Park

The Yasuni National Park is spread over an area of ​​9820 square kilometers in the provinces of Pastaza and Orellana between the Napo River and Curaray river in the Amazon basin about 250 kilometers southeast of Quito. The park mainly jungle, was designated by UNESCO in 1989 as a biosphere reserve and is part of the territory where the Huaorani village is located. Huao two factions, the Tagaeri and Taromenane are uncontacted groups.

The Yasuni National Park is located in areas of the basins of the Tiputini, Yasuni, Nashiño, Cononaco and Curaray, tributaries of the Napo River, who in turn flows into the Amazon rivers. The park is horseshoe-shaped and extends from the south of the Napo River and north of Curaray, extending the average river basin Tivacuno.8 A recent study the Yasuni National Park and the underlying magnified portion is considered the most biodiverse area the world for its richness in amphibians, birds, mammals and plants. This park has more species of animals per hectare than all of Europe.

Significantly, the Ecuadorian Amazon region is rich in oil and the oil economy is the pillar on which the economy of Ecuador is supported from the 1970s Before this, in 1998 the government of Jamil Mahuad declared PNY intangible southern zone to protect uncontacted peoples and preserve the biosphere reserve away from the oilfield area. Since 2007 about PNY has made a proposal called ITT Initiative to keep the oil underground by applying a type of international economic compensation, which could not be realized.

Yasuní is one of the most biodiverse areas of the Earth, studies talk about 150 species of amphibians, 121 reptiles, 598 species of birds, 169 (confirmed) and 204 (estimated) of mammals and flora have been identified 2113 species and it is estimated that there would be around 3,100.

The term Yasuní, without knowing its linguistic origin, means "holy ground" as interpreted broadly by communities in the area.

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is located in the Province of Sucumbíos, in the northeastern Amazon region. It is a place with a great biodiversity, home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife, both flora and fauna. A complex system of wet formations, 13 lagoons, rivers and tropical forests that make the 603,000 hectares a record for the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve has more than 550 different species of birds, 60 species of orchids; more than 350 species of fish; a variety of reptiles such as anacondas, caimans and river turtles. plant species found in the reserve are estimated at 12,000. And many species of mammals, including the incredible Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). The reserve is also home to rare species such as the legendary pink river dolphin, the Hoatzin or eagle in the region, with its wingspan of 8 feet.

Since the Cuyabeno reserve belongs to the National System of Protected Areas, very few tour operators are qualified to work in this area. This is one reason why many tourists are not visiting the area, so you can enjoy nature and magnificent sounds.

It is a tropical forest, with rainfall between 3000 and 4000 mm per year, and humidity between 85 and 95%. From December to March has a marked dry season; the rainy season is from April to July and from August to November rainfall is moderate. The annual temperature is around 25 ° C.

Many ethnic communities living on the banks of two major rivers, the river and the river Alambi La Sierra, in particular, the Cofan and Siona-Secoya, both legendary in this area. The Siona community inhabits the northern part of the Cuyabeno reserve in Puerto Bolívar and Tarapuy river.

Machalilla National Park

The Machalilla National Park is a national park located in the southern coastal province of Manabi. In May 1936 the national park was declared in 1959 and the decree of 1936. It takes its name from the ancient pre-Columbian culture that inhabited part of the area, Machalilla was ratified. Enters its main attractions is the island of La Plata and the beach of the Friars. The height of the area ranges from 1-1707 meters, and the climate is dry.

In Machalilla National Park are four areas: tropical desert scrub, tropical thorn scrub, tropical dry forest and thorny bush premontano.

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El Cajas National Park

El Cajas National Park is located in the Andes, south of Ecuador, in the province of Azuay, 33 km northwest of the city of Cuenca. The most common access to the park start every Cuenca: From there, the route crosses Cuenca-Molleturo Surocucho in control in just over 30 minutes away; later, this road passes on the banks of the lagoon The Toreadora where the Administrative and Park Information Center are. Following long to Molleturo, in this way the northern part of Cajas is known and winds through several major and minor gaps. To access the park from the coast, the Molleturo-Cuenca route is also the best choice.

With the basic framework of a paramero ecosystem in the park there are 232 distinct lagoons located on its broad valleys; Among the most important are Lagartococha, Osohuaycu, Mamamag or Taitachungo, Quinoascocha, La Toreadora, Sunincocha, husks, Windows and Tinguishcocha. This lot of loopholes regulates and maintains the streams in the area through its drainage; Tomebamba rivers like the Mazán, the Yanuncay and Migüir born in the boxes and supply drinking water to the city of Cuenca; They are, at the same time, major contributors Paute Hydroelectric Complex, which provides electricity to almost the entire country.

On the heights of the Western Cordillera of the Andes, west of the city of Cuenca, Cajas National Park, formed mainly by large elevations stored inside lake systems interconnected by way of huge boxes, hence its name is, boxes. In the area there is no marked regularity of climate; They are given frequent frosts and no permanent presence of showers (drizzle) and fog.

On the eastern edge of the park erects a Rainforest Subalpino (bp-SA), composed mainly of tree species and shrubs with a wide variety of orchids, ferns and mosses. forming Polylepis forest, qiwuña, "quinoa" or "paper tree", which has between 8 and 10 m high stands, and grows at the edge of ponds or creeks and rocky places and is the only tree species above 4 & 000nbsp; m. In the western boundary, timber species abound.

Whitetail deer, spectacled bear, puma, ocelots, deer of the moor, heath rabbits and mountain tapir are. The most important birds are the caracara, condor, Andean toucan, ducks and hummingbirds. The water vole Banks is a species endemic to the park. Like the northern ecological reserve of El Angel, loopholes in the boxes are recognized and very popular for its trout.

Top Attractions of El Cajas National Park

Laguna Lagartococha: On its banks you can camp and the place is busy for sport fishing. Beside Lagartococha is situated the "Cueva de los Muertos", so called because travelers for over a century have perished in the site malaria victims.

Avilahuayco: the place of a natural or watchtower lookout ago; the panorama offered from the summit is very attractive because from there "boxes" that dominate the whole area are observed.

Loma de Tres Cruces: One of the highest parts of the park where the divide between those who go to the Amazon and advancing toward the Pacific is located. El Camino Garcia Moreno crosses there and the tradition that owes its name to the many dead who tried to place overnight on their way from the coast, but the intense cold of the night failed to see the sunrise.

Laguna Taitachungo (Mamamag): Starting from the Toreadora there are some trails that lead to it. From here you can follow a stretch of Ingañán or Inca Trail to the cave Luspa. In Mamamag found other remains of pre-Inca constructions represented by stone steps and foundation of any type of building, presumably rooms for the night; more housing, these buildings seem to have served as inns, lodges trip, since the site is a key step towards the coast.

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi National Park is a protected area, located on the border of the provinces of Pichincha, Cotopaxi and Napo in Ecuador, and that includes in its space Cotopaxi Volcano. Its ecosystem is home to many tree species, especially pine, making the place a unique place in South America and more reminiscent of an alpine forest to a forest in the Andes.

The park is connected to Quito on the Panamerican highway, four lanes, allowing the journey from the city to the park in about an hour and a quarter. An alternative is the train which also departs from Quito, and it takes an hour and half to get to Park Station, another alternative would be entering the town of Machachi, addressing the Barrio Santa Ana del Pedregal, where they can visit some inns.

It covers an area of ​​3400 - 5897 meters. The temperature ranges from 0 ° C to 20 ° C; with an annual average rainfall of 500-1500 mm.

There are many dense forests and the rest has been destroyed by fire or to plant grasses. There are extensive moors with straw wasteland that is the dominant grass in the region as it ascends representative plants appear as chuquiragua, alchemila, colonies of plants in the form of pads, mosses, lichens, Romelio, butterfly bush or tree god, mortiño. which is a hard fruit widely used; perpetuated in snow no vegetation.

Fauna: wolves, cougars, bears, deer, rabbits, condors, wild horses and foxes. Geology: natural ponds, trails, Cotopaxi. Infrastructure: cabins, center high mountains, camped center, community center, shelter for mountaineers. Archaeology: Ruins of citadel Puruháes. Astronomy: Center for Integrated Natural Resources through Remote Sensing (CLIRSEN)

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Quilotoa Volcano

Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. 3 km wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic eruption VEI-6 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and a deposit of spread in the air volcanic ash along the northern Andes. The boiler has accumulated a depth of 250 m crater lake, which has a greenish color, as a result of dissolved minerals. Vents are on the bottom of the lake and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano.

Quilotoa is an increasingly popular tourist site. The route of the "top" (the small town of Quilotoa) is usually traveled in a hired or by bus from the town of Zumbahua 17 km south truck. Visitors must pay two dollars each to look from the edge of the caldera. A series of simple hostels have been developed in the immediate area, and provide services such as mules and guides for the five-hour hike around the caldera (whose diameter is about 9 km), half an hour hike down (and 02.01 hours walk back to the vertical ascent of 400 meters) and very basic accommodation in its bowl. Camping is permitted at the bottom of the crater, but no drinking water (except half-liter bottles sold at the hostel), and only one toilet single well, located in the hostel.

Podocarpus National Park

The Podocarpus National Park is located in the provinces of Loja and Zamora Chinchipe, in the south east of Ecuador. It was established on 15 December 1982. The park is a mega zone area and a high degree of endemism due to its location between different biological systems.
It covers 146,280 square kilometers; in both foothills of the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes to the basins of the Nangaritza, Numbala and Loyola rivers. About 85% of the park is in the province of Zamora Chinchipe and about 15% in the province of Loja.

The national park was established to protect the largest forest in romerillos in the country, consists of three species of the genus Podocarpus, the only native conifer of Ecuador.

Within the park it has developed a unique biological environment, especially accounting for the only birds in the area. The Podocarpus National Park is home to a complex of more than 100 lakes, one of the most well-known are the Lagunas del Compadre. There are also waterfalls, canyons and various kinds of mammals and plants.

To access the park there are two biogeographic zones corresponding to their main entrances, one is on the Cajanuma Sector in high biogeographic zone. The other is, corresponding to Bombuscaro river at low Bombuscaro Sector biogeographic zone. In addition there are two alternative accesses in high biogeographic zone in the province of Zamora Chinchipe, one is in the Romerillos Sector, corresponding to Jamboé River and entering another less known by the Cerro Toledo from Yangana-Valladolid route.

The park has an exceptional flora, it has been considered the Botanical Garden of America as it is located in the territory where the centers of endemism in the northern Andes and Tumbes overlap.

In montane ecosystems and montane rain forests under, located in the Nudo de Sabanilla, as well as very wet montane and montane forests in the basin of river Numbala, there are over 4000 species of plants, including trees that can stand measuring up to 40 meters as the rosemary, which is named after the park, and many other valuable as husks, called the national tree of Ecuador, and an infinite variety of orchids.

I there are specific differences between the vegetation of the moors of the area and the north of the country, basically because they are lower, on the crests of the mountains and in the transition zone of a true wasteland that does not develop fully, because the low-lying terrain. Among the main species found in the region are the ragwort, laurel, Aguacolla, uvilla, black elderberry, pumamaqui, sapan, myrtle, cashoco, alder, acacia, sage, white guato, cedar, castor, walnut, yumbingue and cannelloni.

There are over 560 species of birds recorded in the park. This represents 40% of the birds of Ecuador and 6% of world birds. Therefore, it is noted as an important area for conservation aves.12 There are also 46 species of mamíferos13 including spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Andean tapir (PHVA), common marsupial mouse (Caenolestes fuliginosus), smelly fox (Conepatus semistriatus ), dwarf deer (Pudu mephistophiles).

To visit this place there are four paths: Spectacled Bear 400 m with moderate slope and easily accessible; the cloud forest, 750 m; El Mirador 1.5 km are average. Also being for day trips, I was able to continue the circuit along the path El Mirador with a distance of 3.5 km. To return to the shelter, but some part of this path are difficult so you should take extra safety on the road. In addition, there are long trails where you need to camping.

Loja is the nearest city to the airport, but Zamora is also nearby. Loja takes 25-40 minutes to reach 3 of the 4 inputs, and 2 hours to reach the entrance Vilcabamba.


Mindo is a parish in the north of Ecuador and one of the two Parishes of Los Bancos Canton in the province of Pichincha, about 80 km northwest of Quito.

The parish center is a small village located at 1250 m high, the region as a whole has about 2500 inhabitants engaged in livestock, agriculture, and tourism. The temperature in the area ranges between 15 ° C - 24 ° C throughout the year. The rains are common, but during the months of June to November the weather becomes drier.

Mindo is especially renowned for its natural beauties that call for nature lovers attracted by its unique flora and fauna. It is located in a valley, of which some 19,000 hectares are protected in what is called the Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo, ecosystem which is home to about 500 varieties of birds and 90 species of butterflies. Also in the park reserve Mindo have been identified more than 170 species of orchids and bromeliads abound, heliconias, ferns, vines, mosses and lichens.

Between 2001 and 2002 world player Mindo was the mobilization and protest activities of locals and environmentalists, within Ecuador and in various countries in Europe, USA, India and Australia, to prevent the construction of a pipeline by the OCP Ecuador SA now through the region since such activities had éxito. Despite opposition from locals and environmentalists pipeline was built and began operations in November 2003 and until 2010 carried approximately 375 million barrels of heavy oil several oil companies have activities in Ecuador as reported by the aforementioned company.

Best Beaches in Ecuador

Best Beaches in Ecuador


Is a city of the Province of Santa Elena. It is the regional town of Salinas Canton. It has a population of 34,719 inhabitants and its urban area is divided in 4 parishes. It is located at the western end of the province and the mainland of the country; part of the urban conglomerate sprig of Santa Elena, along with La Libertad, Santa Elena, Jose Luis Tamayo and Ballenita.

The City of Salinas is considered the most important, popular resort and visited the Ecuador, for its beautiful and inviting beaches, first class hotels, clubs, bars, clubs and sports centers for tourists.

Among the tourist attractions of Salinas are:

Chipipe Beach

The widest beach, known and safe area, has few waves so it is suitable for children and inexperienced people. The calm blue waters, the birds, the beach and tall buildings beside make the place an attractive landscape. In the middle of the beach is the "Salinas Yacht Club."

Playa de San Lorenz

This beach offers great waves, so it is ideal for surfing, Here are a variety of crafts and fishing. On this beach there are numerous crabs, when approaching a person, hiding in holes in the sand to themselves.

Bravo Mar Beach

This beach is forbidden to swim because the water is very dangerous. The sunsets are the main attraction of the place.

The Chocolatera

Located at the Naval Base of Salinas. It is the western end of town, the county, the province and the mainland of the country; It is also the second most westerly point of South America. It's called Chocolatera the way the waves crash on existing caves, forming foam and steam like a cup of chocolate. It has a colony of 20 sea lions and a lighthouse.

The Pools Ecuasal

They are salt wells that give the name to the city of Salinas. Here you can see the extraction of salt and 116 species of native birds, some migratory.


Is the largest natural beach nearest Quito; so the majority of the habitants of this city makes this destination one of the busiest and most popular in the country.

Atacames and surroundings feature spacious tourist strips of gray sand beach, several kilometers long at low tide, so dropping down a nice atmosphere for sports sand or water, especially the popular surf.

Excursions to nearby places are also very popular among tourists. It highlights the humpback whales during the summer months, and the visit to forests and mangroves. The Bird Island is a paradise for bird lovers as these animals are found in the wild. Near Shua you can see a small zoo with local animal species, and the Atacama people themselves are a small museum and an aquarium. The marine aquarium Sea Life, located on the boardwalk in the cantonal head, showing various species of Ecuador's own continental shelf.

Tonsupa, with its modern and elegant towers tourist residence, and several first-class hotels and Makana Resort, is a destination that has taken off in the past decade between the upper and upper middle classes in the northern Sierra, especially Quito. Same Similarly, where is the exclusive CasaBlanca Club, which gives the beach landscape of the parish a picturesque Mediterranean style.

Atacames can be accessed by modern Autopista del Sol, Esmeraldas section, which communicates with the way to Quito. An interesting feature for tourists is to use the popular motorcycle taxis as a means of transport to travel between regions.

The dishes include seafood in general. Very popular are the encocado fish, ceviche of shrimp, ceviche traditional shell and breaded sea bass, as well as innumerable buffet dishes made with products of the sector.

Manta is visited annually by both foreign and domestic tourists. Its most popular beaches are "Los Esteros", "Tarqui", "Die Fledermaus", "Barbasquillo", "San Lorenzo" and "Santa Marianita," "Liguiqui", "The Buzzard" and "Long Stone".

Manta is known in Ecuador by the nightlife of its piers Murcielago and Tarqui and most of all the "pink zone" as it is known on the street "Flavio Reyes" and also at the site of recent and growing movement " Sun's Plaza"; in all these places are many restaurants and various places of entertainment such as karaoke, discos and casinos.

Bahia de Caraquez

Is a city in the geographic region belonging to the Canton waterfront Sucre, in the jurisdiction of the province of Manabi. It is located at the mouth of the River Chone, and has considerable tourist infrastructure that ranks as cantonal head. The city is located about an hour north of the city of Manta and the pre-Columbian era hosted the ancient Indian city of Harran. Across the bay is the town of San Vicente. This trip is very picturesque and can be performed either in a canoe of passengers on a barge or the bridge linking the two populations. Bay is a tourist place, crime is minimal. Bay is one of the most exclusive beaches of Ecuador. Many people, especially in the capital city, Quito, vacationing there.

Currently Bahia de Caraquez has become a beautiful anchorage of international sailing, which for safety, tranquility and tourist facilities have found it an ideal spot for relaxation. The bay have calm waters is ideal for all water sports. It is also a city with beautiful beaches very close and La Canoa Bellaca, which are visited by lovers of surfing.

The climate of Bahia de Caraquez is spring all year round, its temperature fluctuates between 24 and 30 ° C.


Is the capital of the province of Esmeraldas, in the northwestern part of the Ecuadorian territory to 318 km from Quito city. The beach town of Esmeraldas is beautiful and has weekends with culinary attention, nightlife and lots of fun. Beaches, Virgin Forests, Indigenous Cayapas, marimba and afro-Ecuadorian dance archaeological zone La Tolita Islands, flora and fauna.

Near this small town bordered on the north by the Colombian border and west to the Pacific Ocean, there are beaches that are no further than 30 km away and you have the hotel infrastructure meeting the demanding tastes of tourists. To the southwest, 11 km, Same rises amid palm trees and clear waters.

To the palate try the "I encocado fish", prepared with coconut juice, popular with residents and travelers. Other typical dishes are the tapao, based on fish and bananas, plantains, empanadas, balls and green boulders, also with banana as a base.


Is a city in the province of Guayas, located in the southwest of the country, on the Pacific Ocean, about 96 kilometers from the city of Guayaquil. Its population is 34.409 inhabitants until 2010, although this figure increases in winter by the presence of tourists, due to its status as spa. It is the Playas Canton cantonal header.

Since its founding, Playas was a major port for fishermen, provided that continues to this day. In the early twentieth century, investment in people with some political power of Guayaquil, launched the project of turning Beaches at a spa. By 1910, Playas was established as a parish in 1989 and finally reached a separation of Canton Guayaquil and cantonización.

After the creation of the province of Santa Elena in 2007, the city of Playas was established as the only resort of the province of Guayas, which provided a better investment this city as a tourist infrastructure.

Undoubtedly the best attractions are its long beaches, which have an excellent hotel infrastructure and services that make pleasant visit and stay of thousands of Ecuadorian and foreign tourists, who every week visit this city.

Playa Rosada

located near the lighthouse, is a peaceful place for bathers and especially for excursions.

You can also go to visit the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Rock. Near the club White House, one can see pelicans and other birds in the sector.

Punta El Pelado

On the road to the site Engabao, is a pleasant and quiet ideal for hiking and camping beach with delicious local food. The horse riding for its beautiful beaches is one of its main attractions.

The house of Don Victor Estrada is a true relic of the historical and cultural past.

In Ecuador county there are a lot of dishes that make the visit to Beaches a true gastronomic delight. Among the most desired are a good variety of ceviche lobster, prawns, shrimp, conch, fish, octopus or mixed seafood rice, whole coal fish, albacore onions, roasted oyster and ostrich burgers.

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