Cuenca is Ecuador's third largest city, but it feels more like a charming old world town, with cobblestone streets and a rich collection of colonial era churches, plazas and buildings. A good deal of city's colonial architecture remains intact. Before the Spanish arrived here, Cuenca was the second largest city in the Inca Empire. The foundations of former Inca palaces became foundations for the city's churches and government buildings. Amazingly, when the Incas conquered the area, in the late 1400s, the Canari had already been living here for centuries. The Incas not unlike what the Spanish would eve... More
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The inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection the Galapagos Islands are a remote but beautiful archipelago of 19 islands lying on the equator some 1000 kms west of Ecuador. Isolated from the continental mainland, these islands are home to unique wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. Some of these unusual species include marine iguanas, giant tortoises, red footed and blue footed boobies, fur seals, lava lizards, frigate birds, colourful Christmas iguanas and the Galapagos Penguin. Claimed by Ecuador and visited by Darwin in the early 1800s, the Galapagos Islands served as a pe... More
Loja is the capital of Ecuador's Loja Province. It is located in the Cuxibamba valley in the south of the country, sharing borders with the provinces of Zamora-Chinchipe and El Oro and with Peru in the south. Loja holds a rich tradition in the arts and for this reason is known as the Music and Cultural Capital of Ecuador. The city is home to two major universities. The city has a population of about 181000 and is situated 2060 mts above sea level. Loja’s bustling streets filled with university students and business men and women give it youthful atmosphere. For visitors, Loja’s historic district f... More
Built on the ashes of the northern Inca capital following the 1533 Spanish conquest, Ecuador's capital city brims with colonial riches, although set in the north central part of the country, it makes a convenient launching point for travel to anywhere in Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Scenic Quito is ensconced in a long, narrow valley at the foot of the restless Volcano Pichincha. The elongated city measures 30 kms from north to south, but only 4 kms from east to west. This sprawling metropolis of 1.4 million people lies only 24 kms south of the equator, but because of its altitude i... More
Shadowed by five spectacular snow capped peaks in the heart of the Ecuadorean central highlands, Riobamba is an enchanting small city, with attractive 18th century architecture, pretty peaceful parks, interesting museums and charming churches. At an altitude of 2750 mts the town enjoys a principally springlike climate, similar to that of Quito, with plenty of cloudless days perfect for taking in stunning views of the surrounding landscape. As capital of Chimborazo province and a commercial hub, Riobamba boasts a fair amount of hustle and bustle, particularly on weekends, when the town comes alive with street trad... More