Ecuador Holidays & Accommodation
Despite the uniqueness and global appeal for the Galapagos Islands, the nation of Ecuador itself also offers a lot to the visitor, from a stay in a jungle lodge, to trekking in the Andes, to a visit to Incan ruins. The people of Ecuador are uniquely fun loving and it's said that for them, their average weekend resembles anyone else's New Year celebration. They also have some unique festivals, not including Carnival.
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In Ecuador you can hike through the Andes, along Pacific beaches, and deep into the Amazon rainforest. The nation has over forty protected areas and the advantage of trekking in Ecuador is that these areas are easily accessible. Trekking in the Andes is particularly spectacular, as often your hike will take you above the clouds for a unique and silent view of the surrounding area. Where your trek takes you through the countryside, you can find yourself with the opportunity to visit one of the many indigenous markets so well-known throughout the region.
Some of the lesser known holidays celebrated in Ecuador include the Otavalo of Inti Raymi (June) and Yamor of early September. The countryside is also known for bullfights that do not culminate in the killing of the bull, instead members of the audience jump into the ring at the end of the fight with the bull in a display of machismo. More traditional bullfights are held in Quito in December.
Many people love the city of Quito for the attractions of Old Town with its Central Plaza. Surrounded by mountains, the city maintains a balmy spring-like temperature year round that is very pleasant. Churches, monasteries, and colonial buildings are located throughout the city and make it a pleasure to visit.
The most famous destination in Ecuador is the Galapagos Islands, made famous by the writings of Charles Darwin about the unique ecosystem and the nature of evolution, are part of the nation of Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands have animals, reptiles, and birdlife that display unique adaptations to their island life. Read more about the famous and unique Galapagos Islands