Do not know how to spend your vacations? Pack your backpack and rush to Ecuador!!! Ecuador travel tempts by wide cultural programs,bird-watching, mountain biking, kayaking,hiking and lazy sunbathing on warm-water sand beaches. Every year thousands of people go to this South American country to explore the Andean Highlands, the Littoral, the Oriente, Guayaquil, Quito and Calapagos Islands.
Quito is the traditional starting point of Ecuador travel. As it goes, to discover Ecuador is to visit Quito.
Centro Historico, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is the Quito's first attraction. Even pressed by time tourists cannot pass it by. It is an extensive colonial center built over the ashes of what was a major part of the Inca Empire until the Inca general Rumiñahui razed it to the ground rather than surrender to the Spanish conquistadors.
Strolling around the Centro's cobblestone streets, you feel as if different centuries pass by you, as Quito's street vendors offer you everything from choclo (Andean corn) to DVDs. Some of Ecuador's most famous battles and executions took place in the plazas that now peacefully teem with tourists, beggars, protestors and locals out for a walk, especially at night, when Centro is lighted with soft street lamps.
Exquisite colonial architecture and winding pathways which open up into lovely courtyards are popular with travellers, as well as bars and restaurants, which are considered to be Quito's best ones.
Parque el Ejido with its famous weekend market and Parque Carolina, which opens you the secrets of peaceful, relaxed Ecuadorian life, will help you to understand the culture of Ecuador. You can observe families boating in the pond or playing volleyball or soccer, children biking or skateboarding, or just enjoying time.
Your Ecuador travel will have a cultural aspect if you visit the famous Quito's museums: Guayasamin's Capilla del Hombr and the Museo Nacional del Banco Central del Ecuador.
Another popular Ecuador travel destination is Guayaquil, the country's largest city and the focus of national economy, as it's Ecuador's major port.
Francisco de Orellana founded Santiago de Guayaquil on July 25, 1537, on the Barrio Las Peñas, now a national heritage site. Orellana named the settlement, as legend goes, for the Indian chief Guayas and his wife Quil who drown in the river rather than surrender.
Being the biggest city, Guayaquil has a lot of places to see, most of which are in the central area along the River Guayas with Reloj Publico, the Public Clock, being the most popular one. There is even an opportunity to see the clock's working mechanism; you just need to climb up the narrow stairs.
Typical Ecuadorian textiles, ceramics and ceremonial masks are exhibited in Museo de Arqueologia del Banco Central. Museo Municipal offers collections of famous shrunken heads and archaeological items.
If you happen to lack peaceand quiet during Ecuador travel, Guayaquil's parks are the best place to conceal yourself. Parque Bolivar invites you to see large iguanas hidden in the park trees. Parque del Centenario offers you a great number of monuments to appreciate.
There are lots of tourist's attractions in Guayaquil, as well as in Quito and the whole country. Being a country of a unique culture, which can be understood only if visited, Ecuador presents a particular interest for travelling.