Ecuador is a country that lies on either side of the equator, a country of the sun and the existing high volcanoes, a country which is surrounded by beautiful tropical forests.
Map of Ecuador. Ecuador is located in the west of South America and shares its borders with Colombia and Peru. Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Ecuador's population is consisted from 11 million people, mostly mestizos and Indians, as well as immigrants from Europe. The capital of Ecuador is Quito. The climate of the country varies from equatorial to subequatorial. The official language in Ecuador is Spanish. The dominant religion is Catholicism. The head of the country is the president. The monetary unit is the U.S. dollar. For Russians, who enter the country for up to three months, a visa is not required. In other cases, a visa is issued at the Embassy of Ecuador in Moscow. Before the trip, is advisable to buy a map of Ecuador that will help navigate the country.
Holidays in Ecuador have become quite popular in recent years due to the relative cheapness of food and tourism industry that is constantly being developed. Ecuador annually attracts many tourists. Moreover, the infrastructure is constantly being improved and new comfortable hotels are being built. The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is the oldest city of Latin America. Here one can find local traditions combined with culture of immigrants from the European continent. In Quito, the main attractions of Ecuador are situated. Along with the modern new buildings in traditional American style there are narrow streets of the Latin Quarter with unique atmosphere. Among the attractions of Ecuador is worth noting the Presidential Palace, the monasteries of La Compania and the San Diego, churches of the XII-XIV centuries, etc. Ecuador is also famous for its museums; in particular, you should visit the Museum of Colonial Art, which is home to the works of famous artists.
Is also recommended for tourists to take a ride in a public bus to the sounds of Latin music, in a route of which many of the attractions of Ecuador are included. Bus ride is a unique opportunity to feel the rhythm of life in Ecuador, try a delicious hot drink canelazo with the taste of cinnamon and Ecuadorian traditional sweets. Among the attractions are also popular the volcano Chimborazo, the Guayaquil, Sangay National Park, the Pyramids of the Incas, the Galapagos Islands, and the highlands of the Andes mountain steppes.
There are resorts on the coast of Ecuador, which, thanks to reasonable prices and good service, become more and more attractive. They offer unique opportunities for diving, surfing and other outdoor activities. It is necessary to visit El Cajas- a place where are 200 lakes and lagoons, as well as to get acquainted with the ancient culture of the Incas in the cities of Ingapirca and Los Cañaris. The most high-altitude railway of the world "Expresso Metropolitano" also deserves your attention, which runs past the mountains and rocks, and there are beautiful views opening from the roof of the train. You can also buy a lot of quite cheap things on Ecuadorian markets because the assortment is considered to be one of the best in Latin America.
Among the resorts of Ecuador, a real resort Mecca is especially famous - the Galapagos Islands, which attract by pristine beaches of olive-white sand. Local hotels are considered to be the best in the country. The islands resemble lava spatters frozen in the ocean. Its unique landscape is the perfect place for lovers of exotic photos. Here is a real paradise for divers, because you can enjoy unique underwater flora and fauna. If you want you can take unique underwater photos.