Small. Elated. Underrated. Ecuador is small but nice.

What Ecuador lacks in size makes up for it in its diversity – from cultures and indigenous communities to landscapes. There are colonial Quito and colorful market towns, dramatic volcanic silhouettes, dense Amazon jungle and wild tropical beaches. Simply fascinating what this little country hosts. Hike on the foothills of Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Stay on a colonial farm owned by the former president of Ecuador. Participate in an ancient shamanic ritual of good energy in the ceremonial pyramid of Caranqui civilization. Wake up on an adventurous jeep ride on the way to Mashpi Lodge, set in 13,000 acres of rainforest reserve and watch howler monkeys, tree frogs and caimans. Hike to beautiful waterfalls to take a break from the tropical temperatures in the cool waters. Explore the Napo Wildlife Center, a communal ecotourism reserve covering 82 square miles of pristine rainforest. Catch Pirarucu, the largest fish in the Amazon basin and release it. Round off your day at Canopy Level Lodges, Beach Cabanas, Colonial Villas, Townhouse Hotels in historic centers and managed farms, or relax and let the enchanting accommodations be massaged, read or enjoyed an exquisite meal to act. Luxury and Individual Travel Ecuador: wild & casual. Inspiration for world changers. Experience stories that reflect & enrich your personality. Unforgettable

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DESIGN IN THE NEBELWALD

A unique way to explore the cloud forest. Ride a cable through a tree-topped cable car through the forest on a sky bike. Imagine, you zipline at your own pace and quietly pass birds and primates. The two-person Skybike connects two points in the cloud forest by a cable, traverses a ravine where a river flows, and offers a unique perspective on the forest and its inhabitants. Experience the local birdlife up close and look out for monkeys that have fun in the branches of the trees. Ride your bike at your own pace to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the forest. The bike can accommodate two people. Children aged 8 and over are allowed to use the bicycle when accompanied by an adult.

BATHING WITH IGUANAS

They are not beautiful. And they really do not invite you to pet. But, they are excellent swimmers and unique in the Galapagos Islands. While they live on land, they get their food out of the water. A fascination for young and old. Why not even observe these animals while swimming or snorkeling?

STREET OF THE VOLCANOES: COTOPAXI, CHIMBORAZO AND CO.

Towering volcanic peaks form a dramatic, snow-covered corridor through the center of Ecuador, an area of ​​Andean tradition and a center for nature outings. The Avenue of Volcanoes is synonymous with high octane adventure, while traditional haciendas and charming colonial towns provide a welcome and relaxing contrast.

ON THE HORSE IN THE AWARD-WINNING HACIENDA STYLE

For more than 100 years, this hacienda in Ecuador belongs to the family Plaza Lasso. Guests will be part of this huge farm, which is completely self-sufficient and truly authentic. Almost 5,000 liters of milk are processed every day into the legendary Ecuadorian cheese specialties or butter, a trout farm supplies the hacienda with fresh fish and on the fields grow potatoes, wheat, 25 different vegetables, quinoa and barley according to biological criteria. The kitchen of this hacienda is an unforgettable taste experience. Mounted shepherds look after large herds of dairy cows, sheep and horses. Here rider hearts beat higher. Despite all this originality, the level of service and rooms is enormously high.

INDIGENOUS MEETINGS IN THE AMAZONAS

Get an insight into the lifestyle of the Kichwa Añangu Community. Encounters at the Cultural Center will introduce you to community, ancestral customs, traditional practices and more. Women of the community welcome you with typical dances, rituals, artisan food and drinks.

UNFORGETTABLE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

Casual-exclusive safari feeling while glamping in luxurious eco style. Be part of the perfect blend of natural originality, leisurely relaxation and elegant Galapagos glamping. Far away from other visitors, in the middle of the natural paradise – completely different than expected.

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Season / Weather / Climate

On the coast, the dry season from the end of May and June to November is uncomfortably cool, humid and overcast. So if you like beaches, the rainy season from December / January to April / May is surprisingly the best time to visit Ecuador. In the Amazon, it rains all year round. December to May is particularly mushy. Some forests experience regular flooding during this period. In small boats, you can paddle over the swollen tributaries, which is incredibly exciting and gives you access to other out-of-bounds areas. While it is pleasantly cool during this time, the wildlife is much harder to find. The seasons in the highlands are more consistent, although the warmer, wetter periods are less advisable from December to March, especially if you are planning hikes. The days can be hot and sunny all year round, while the nights are bitterly cold. Rain or hail can occur at any time and very suddenly. The volcanoes of Ecuador have their own weather – the temperature on the slopes does not reflect what is happening on the summit. It can be hot, rainy or snowy. For this reason, there is no best or worst time to climb the mountains.

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Time shift

Ecuador is located on the time zone map in the “Ecuator Time”. The time in this time zone is 5 hours behind the official world time (UTC -5). As in most countries, there is no change to summer time in Ecuador.

Language

Ecuador’s official language is Spanish. Quichua, an Inca language, is spoken by the Indian population. In addition to Spanish, ten other mother tongues are spoken in Ecuador. English is the most widely spoken foreign language.

To eat and drink

In the highlands, a typical meal starts with a locro, a delicious potato, cheese and corn soup. Other possible appetizers or small snacks are empanadas, corn pies filled with vegetables, cheese or meat. As a main course, you can enjoy llapingachos (cheesy potato cake). Cheese, corn and potatoes are big in the highlands. They are often served with chorizo ​​(sausage), lomo (steak) or pollo (chicken) and fried eggs. The famous Cuy, the guinea pig, has been a specialty of the indigenous highlands for centuries. Another traditional dish is Seco de Chivo, a stew that usually consists of mutton in the highlands and goat on the coast. The unappetizing-looking guatita, tripe dipped in peanut sauce, is actually much better than it sounds and looks. It is not surprising that the seafood is the focus of culinary art. The classic ceviche is prepared by marinating raw seafood in lime juice and chili and serving with raw onions. On the north coast, Encocados is a fantastic fish dish with a Caribbean flavor. Prepared in a sauce made from coconut milk, tomatoes and garlic and often served with a giant rice hail. Bananas and plantain often replace the potato and appear in many different forms on your plate. Patacones are thick cut bananas that are fried in oil and served with plenty of salt. By contrast, chifles are cut thin and prepared the same way. The Bolón de Verde is a fairly powerful “mound” of puree, cheese and coriander, traditionally served as a snack with coffee.

People

The people of Ecuador are diverse and have a cultural and ethnic richness that is rare in other parts of the world. By far the largest ethnic group is that of the mestizos. These people of mixed Spanish and American descent make up about 65% of the population. Americans make up about a quarter of the population, while Caucasian’s Spanish ancestry, called criollos, accounts for only 7% of the population. The remaining 3% are Afro-Ecuadorians and include mulattos and Zambos. It is interesting that in recent years Ecuador has experienced a high level of immigration, which has further diversified the population. Ecuador has also seen an increase in immigrants from the Middle East and Asia in recent years, including China, Japan, North America and Europe. This has led to the establishment of a major Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Indian and Pakistani community in the country. In Ecuador, about 95% of Ecuadorians are Roman Catholic, 4% are Protestant and less than 1% are Jewish, Orthodox or Muslim.