Although the town is not a main attraction in itself, its found just eight kilometers from a breathtaking active volcano and surrounded by stunning waterfalls, making it the perfect place to get out and explore the region
Often deemed travelers' favorite beach town in Ecuador, quiet little Canoa gives you the best of both worlds. Found in the country's Manabí Province, here you have sands that seem to stretch on forever and a funky little bohemian town with local bars, delicious pizza parlors, and traditional seafood joints.
Cuenca is second only to Quito when it comes to colonial architecture, and features a thriving local culture, comfortable cool climate, and is just steps away from some of the country's most important historical sites.
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Although the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve makes up only 2% of the total Amazon Rainforest, its 600,000 hectares of spectacular jungle terrain contains almost one third of the Amazon's diversity. Well worth the long journey, this remote location gives visitors a glimpse of life in the depths of the forest.
The mythical Galapagos islands are a destination unlike any other, and must be seen to be believed. As one of the world's top wildlife viewing locations, visitors will be captivated by its wealth of biodiversity and virgin land and seascapes.
Without a doubt, Mindo is one of Ecuador's best kept secrets. Perched up in the cloud forest just a few hours outside the bustling capital of Quito, this tiny town is an outdoorsman's dream.
Crowned the title of Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil is a bustling metropolis, urban port city, and the country's primary transportation and commerce hub. While most people only visit as a stopover on their way to the coast or the famous Galapagos Islands, there is still plenty of local sites and attractions to make your stay worthwhile.
Latacunga is a cute, historical, and quiet town perched on a beautiful plateau. On a clear day, a stunning and snowy-peaked volcano dominates this town’s views.
This charming city is the gateway to a number of stunning national parks that surround it, including the Quilotoa Loop or Cotopaxi National Park.
Come here for the surf, or take part in one of the many other water sports available at the popular Murciélago Beach. Hop on a boat and venture out to sea to try your hand at catching some of Manta's famous tuna.
Mashpi is a cocoon of luxury in the clouds, where contemporary design moves in harmony with nature. Although just outside the buzzing city of Quito, this amazing destination feels worlds away.
Dusty paths, gorgeous beaches, and funky seaside bars where shoes really are optional. This is Montañita. Given it's consistent surf and great year-round conditions, Montañita is a popular surf spot and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Recognized as the friendliest city in Ecuador, this town is known for its impressive market - the largest open air market in South America, and a weekly fiesta in honor of the God of Commerce. A visit to this colorful flurry is a special experience, and a must-see when visiting South America.
This picturesque traditional fishing village is located on Ecuador's central coast, on the "Ruta de Spondylus". With its beautiful beaches and laid-back vibes, Puerto Lopez is the perfect place to relax after a day out on the water.
Riobamba is the perfect stepping stool for visiting the surrounding area's natural wonders. Take on Chimborazo, Ecuador's tallest peak, on an unforgettable trekking adventure, or explore the other nearby volcanoes and virgin countryside.
Perched on the western-most tip of the country, Salinas is Ecuador's answer to Miami Beach. This resort town is the go-to choice for wealthy locals looking for a seaside escape and is a great place to enjoy Ecuador's laid back coastal life.
Just four hours from the bustling streets of Quito, you'll find the Amazonian city of Tena. Known as the gateway to the Amazon, Tena is the jump off point for many travelers interested in going even deeper into the wild landscapes of the jungle.