5 Destinations in Ecuador with Stunning Landscapes

Can be a reference for those of you who are adventurous

INDONEWTRAVEL.COM - Ecuador is a country that lies in the northwestern part of South America. To the east and south, Ecuador borders Peru. Meanwhile, to the north, the country is bordered by Colombia.

When it comes to tourism, Ecuador has a myriad of interesting places worth exploring for tourists. The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest are two of the most popular destinations in Ecuador.

In addition to these two destinations, these five tourist attractions are also worthy of your visit. What are these places?

1. Quilotoa Loop

For those who like climbing, you will definitely fall in love with this first destination. The Quilotoa Loop is a hiking and recreational area that includes 200 km of trails that pass through farmland, gorges and Quilotoa crater lake.

In addition to the spectacular landscape, this area also has villages with strong traditions and culture. Complete package, right?

Well, to get to this place, tourists departing from Quito can use public bus transportation to Latacunga. Tourists also have to take about 1.5 hours. From Lacatunga, tourists can continue their journey to Sigchos by bus. This trip takes approximately 3 hours.

2. Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba is a small village stretching south of the Loja Province in southern Ecuador. Because the people are mostly long-lived, this village has the nickname The Valley of Longevity. This is nothing but influenced by the environment that is still maintained and the lifestyle of the people.

In this place, tourists can enjoy various exciting activities, such as hiking, horseback riding, watching live music, and much more. One of the routes that can be taken to get to Vilcabamba is from Cuenca to Loja with an estimated travel time of 4 hours. Then proceed to Vilcabamba with a travel time of about 45 minutes.

3. Quito

Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the Province of Pichincha. The city is situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet and is the second tallest capital city in the world. With a population of 2.8 million, Quito is the most populous city in Ecuador.

From nature tourism, culinary, to culture and history can be found here. Quito Old Town, Basilica del Voto Nacional, and La Campaña are among the three spots in Quito that are most visited by tourists. You could say this city is a great place to start your journey in Ecuador.

4. Bathrooms

Besides Quito, another city worth visiting in Ecuador is Baños. The city, whose full name is Banos de Agua Santa, is located in the eastern province of Tungurahua. Here, tourists will be presented with spectacular views of mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and even hot springs.

The most iconic spot in this place that must be visited is the swing at La Casa del Arbol. With beautiful mountains in the background, the swing is one of the best spots for taking photos.

5. Salinas

This final destination is a coastal city located in the Province of Santa Elena. Yes, the city in question is Salinas.

Salinas is a tourist center and also the largest beach resort in Ecuador. Salinas was even given the nickname Little Miami Beach because of the many towering buildings here.

There are many activities that tourists can do in Salinas, ranging from water sports, visiting restaurants and bars, to just taking a walk on the coast while enjoying the beauty of the sunset. From Guayaquil, it takes about 2 hours to get to Salinas by bus.

From crater lakes to coastal towns, it's all been discussed above. Are you interested in visiting Ecuador? Which place will you visit first?

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