Andes Region of Ecuador
A Stay at Ecuador's Hacienda Cusin
Hacienda Cusin, north of Quito, Ecuador is one of the charming haciendas open to vacationing visitors or conference attendees. In this account by guest author John Garcia, the amenities, recreational and relaxing opportunities in a pampered, lush setting tempt one into making a reservation for an extended stay. Enjoy Hacienda Cusin.
A Visit to Hacienda Alegria, Ecuador
Like many of Ecuador's famous haciendas, Hacienda Alegria is a family-owned and operated working ranch and organic farm. The owners, Gabriel Espinosa and his wife Paty, continue the traditions of his ancestors, where horses are paramount. Located south of Quito, the hacienda specializes in horseback riding adventures, some only a day in length...
Banos - Volcanos, Miracles and Tourists
In spite of an active volcano overhead, Baños draws visitors to the hot springs, the basilica, for ecology and sports. It's beautiful, too!
Chagras and Bravos - Ecuador's Annual Rodeo
Ecuador's annual rodeos take place twice a year. One event is a typical rodeo competition, with parades, and a family-oriented bullfight. The other is a serious, two-week ride with horsemen called chagras into the high altiplano to bring down thousands of cattle, bulls called bravos, and wild horses to the haciendas. Visitors can take part in...
Ingapirca Inca Ruins
Ingapirca, meaning Inca fortress, was the center of the Inca empire in Ecuador. Two hours north of Cuenca, the site contains both Inca ruins and those of an earlier civilization, that of Cañris.
Ride the Devil's Nose Photo Gallery
Called the Most Difficult Train in the World, the train trip between Riobamba and Alausí is one of Ecuador's most famous attractions. The railroad was originally built to connect the Andes with the coast, and the route goes up and down steep slopes, along river valleys and has to negotiate a wall of rock called Nariz del Diablo, the Devil's Nose. Travelers today can choose to sit inside, or ride the roof for a better view.
Baños is a popular tourist area with both Ecuadorian and foreign visitors. They come for the Basilica, the famous hot springs, the scenery and the accessability to the jungle via Puyo and Misahuallí. They also come to climb Tungurahua, also known as "The Black Giant," the largest volcano in Ecuado
In spite of an active volcano overhead, Baños draws visitors to the hot springs, the basilica, for ecology and sports. It's the starting point for excursions into Ecuador's Oriente, or Amazon rain forest area.
Things To Do and See in Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador's capital is a mix of colonial history and modern enterprise, a city at the middle of the world, and a delight to visitors. Enclosed by mountains, Quito, named a World Heritage site, is a staging point for exploring the nearby countryside.
Popular Tours in and Around Quito, Ecuador
Popular Tours in and Around Quito, Ecuador include city tours by day and by night, museums, straddling the equator at the Mitad del Mundo monument, Otavalo market and a refreshing visit to Papallacta spa and thermal springs.
Quito - World Heritage City
Ecuador's capital is a mix of colonial history and modern enterprise, a city at the middle of the world, and a delight to visitors. Tour the city, then venture out on the PanAmerican Highway, north and south.
Enclosed by mountains, Quito, named a World Heritage site, is divided into five zones. The most frequented by visitors are North, where you'll find the modern city, business, restaurants and hotels; Central-North, famed for the nightlife; and the Historical Center, also called Old Town. The South and Valleys areas also have their favored restaurants.
Cuenca - City of Flowers and Athens of the Andes
Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador, offers a mix of modern and colonial, green spaces, pleasant parks, a relaxed lifestyle, wildlife preserves and access to Ecuador's Inca ruins at Ingapirca. .
Excursion to Otavalo Market, Ecuador
Located within easy driving distance two hours north of Quito, many day trips are available, but it's better to allow several days to see not only the famous market in Otavalo, but to visit the nearby villages, where villages follow an ancient craft and supply many of the textiles sold in their own markets as well as in Otavalo. The spring-like climate makes this an all-season destination, but the warmest months are July - September.
Otavalo - World Famous Market and Fiesta del Yamor
Home of one of the most famous markets in South America, Otavalo is also the site of the Fiesta del Yamor, a two-week celebration of thanksgiving at the second annual equinox.
Otavalo Market Scenes
Otavalo market is known for its textiles, handcrafts, arts, animal and food and produce markets. It is a favored destination, about two hours from Quito
Ecuador's Ten Highest Mountains
Ecuador has ten mountains over 5000m.