Climb the Cotopaxi Mountain
The view from the top of the Cotopaxi volcanic mountain, over the Andean landscape is simply stunning and one of the main highlights of the city. You don’t need to be an experienced climber to reach the peak, so any energetic person can have a go at it.
Malecon 2000 is a renovated pier in Guayaquil which is one of the main highlights of the city. There are some great shopping opportunities and plenty of bargain prices to be enjoyed, as well as restaurants, cafés, and fast food stalls. It is also possible to take a boat ride here and enjoy some great photogenic views.
Relax on the beach
After spending some time hiking in the Amazon and Andes, Ecuador’s west coast has some wonderful beaches and islands just offshore for you to explore. Salinas is considered Ecuador’s best beach resort and is also a good spot for whale spotting.
Ride on the devil’s nose railway
Ecuador has some spectacular rail routes passing through the mountain scenes at high altitudes. The most famous route is that between Riobamba and Sibambe which is also a great engineering feat. Named ‘Devil’s Nose’, the track literally goes straight up the side of the mountain, rising some 3,000 feet. It’s certainly an exhilarating trip.
Visit the world famous indigenous market at Otavalo and indulge in a spot of shopping while you are at it. It is known for offering the best shopping experience in Ecuador and has been there for centuries. Saturdays are market days and for many people it’s a time to catch up with friends as well as do some shopping.
Visit the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are probably the biggest attraction for tourists coming to Ecuador and even the shortest visit here is always memorable. Located on the equator, the islands have some of the most unusual animal and plant species. Flights to the Galapagos Islands leave daily from Quito and Guayaquil with a journey time of around 3 hours. There are many tour companies who can arrange a trip for you.