Know the best places in Ecuador
Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in Latin America, however it also ranks eighth in the continent in terms of population density. Ecuador stands out for being the country with the most rivers in the world and it is one of the most diverse countries in the world, home to an endless number of unique animals and plants. Due to this, it has become one of South America’s main tourism destinations over the last few years.
The city of Guayaquil, located on the Pacific Coast, and considered by many to be the pearl of the pacific, is the most populous city in Ecuador, and along with Quito it is one of the country’s most important financial hubs. Malecón 2000 is a public place where visitors can participate in a wide range of open air activities and where modern architecture meets the city’s historical legacy. It also has a rich environment where nature plays a key role, making it a must-see spot if you travel to Ecuador. The colourful district of Las Peñas is a place with an incalculable amount of history, and has been visited by some of the most infamous and well-known people in the world such as the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, the America writer Ernest Hemingway and the politician and doctor Che Guevara.
The city of Quito stands out for having one of the biggest and best conserved historic centres in all of Latin America, and this led to it being one of the first cities named as a World Heritage site. The church of San Francisco is a clear example of the city’s rich heritage and it is considered by many as the “El Escorial of the New World” due to its monumental architectural design and sign. The cable car is a recommended option and on clear days you can enjoy unsurpassable views over the Andean landscape as well as the Andes mountain range.
The Galapagos Islands are renowned for being one of the natural landscapes where time has passed very slowly and where man has not left a decisive imprint, unlike in other areas. The wealth of plants and wildlife is also the main threat to the island. It is necessary to control the level of tourism as well as the introduction of animals and plants that could harm the area’s native species and consequently unbalance the ecosystem of the islands.
San Cristóbal Island owes its name to the seafarer Christopher Columbus, and is one of the most populated islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has some of the most spectacular beaches where the waters are home to an endless number of species such as sea lions, Galapagos tortoises, dolphins and marine iguanas. The latter species is the only lizard that lives in a marine environment.