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Postcard-pretty town centers, waves splashing white-sand beaches, Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforest and the breathtaking Andes: a dazzling array of wonders is squeezed into compact Ecuador.


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Ecuador offers some of the most incredible outdoor experiences on earth. From the Amazon and the Andes to the Galápagos, here are the top things to do.

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These insider tips on health, safety and etiquette will help you make the most out of your trip to Ecuador.

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Andean peaks and rainforests are formidable obstacles to travel in Ecuador. Here's how to explore the country without breaking the bank or your spirit.

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Don't miss out on the magnificent attractions Ecuador has to offer because of a little paperwork. Here's everything you need to know about visas.

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It may be more expensive than its South American neighbors but that doesn't mean you can't visit Ecuador on a budget. Here's what you need to know.

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Traveling with Kids

From exploring Unesco World Heritage sites to discovering endemic wildlife, here’s our list of things to do with kids in Ecuador.

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Don't let Ecuador's modest size fool you – its scope of stunning landscapes makes it the perfect road trip destination. Here are five of our favorites.

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The San Francisco Church and Monastery is a 16th century Roman Catholic complex in Quito, Ecuador. It fronts the large public square called the Plaza de San Francisco in the Old Town or Centro Historico. The church and historic center of Quito was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1978 because it is one of the largest, least-altered and best preserved historic centers in the Americas. The structure is the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America.
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