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What to see and do in Ecuador

Whether you are looking to get closer to nature and explore the great outdoors, want to brush up on your culture, or simply are hoping to enjoy a little bit of luxury, Ecuador holidays can give you it all. Although relatively small, this South American jewel is full of hidden and exciting things to discover.

Adventure

There are plenty of opportunities to find some adventure on a holiday in Ecuador. Nestled on the side of the country's most active volcano is the small town of Banos - a hub for adrenaline junkies. From bungee jumping to biking and exploring the volcano itself, there are a variety of things to do, while in places like Ibarra, kayaking, rafting and swing jumping are all up for the taking.

Elsewhere, you can take the so-called Devil's Nose Train Ride, between the capital Quito and Guayaquil. This journey is not for those prone to vertigo though, as the train trundles up a cliff within inches of the sides.

For something a little bit less intense, areas like Montanita have crystal clear waters that are perfect for catching a wave if surfing is more your thing.

Beaches

If you've come looking for a luxury holiday in Ecuador, you won't be short of places to choose from. Montanita and Los Frailes offer some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country, but there are stunning resorts all over the coast, allowing you to unwind and relax.

Culture

The diverse landscape you'll see on your Ecuador holiday is largely crafted by the impact of volcanoes. Witness the true power of these fantastic natural sights by exploring the tunnels that have been formed by molten lava just north of Puerto Ayora.

History

Often called the "Athens of the Andes", Cuenca is something you won't want to miss if history is your thing. The city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of cathedrals, churches and colonial buildings to discover.

Natural Beauty

Home to a variety of different landscapes, you certainly won't find it difficult to discover natural beauty during your stay in Ecuador. Small towns like Banos enable you to explore volcanoes by going on one of the planned out treks. You can also sample the local hot springs, which are sure to soothe your tiredness after a day walking.

With a portion of the Amazon Rainforest in the country, you won't need to look far for natural beauty on an Ecuador holiday, while the famed Galapagos Islands offer a wildlife experience like no other.

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