Ecuador: A true equatorial holiday

When people think of good holiday locations they’ll normally want to go somewhere warm with plenty of beaches to lounge on.  Some people may want to get a sense of history from their holidays and so they’ll want to visit landmarks, where as some others may be out for all the thrills and spills of an adventure holiday.  Luckily there is one place that covers all these areas and with it being on the Equator it’s guaranteed great weather: Ecuador.

Ecuador has typically good weather but it can vary in temperature depending on where and when you visit the capital Quito is situated in the Andes Mountains and gets temperatures of around 45 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit.  Towards the coast an increasingly popular tourist destination is the port of Guayaquil where the temperatures are around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the tourists looking for an adventure holiday you won’t go too far wrong choosing Ecuador with the varied landscape of rainforests and glacial volcanoes there are plenty of activities such as mountain trekking and climbing as well as horseback riding.

Being home to one of the northern Incan empire territories there are plenty of landmarks to provide a reminder of an ancient world with brilliantly preserved cities like Quito and Cuenca boast plenty of 16th Century architecture as well as ancient fortresses dotted all along the hill tops with many marketplaces selling traditional arts and crafts.

One of the best excursions that people go on when staying in Ecuador is a trip out to the Galapagos Islands, these volcanic islands are home to many unique wildlife and plant life.  The most well known is the huge Galapagos turtles as well as some species of lizard and birds too.  Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1830 and much of his studies in evolution and the origin of the species were drawn upon from his time spent on the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador is also a popular waypoint for many backpackers and world travellers as they travel through South America, neighbours Peru and Colombia are also popular destinations for back packers and if following the pacific coast you can travel between the three with relative ease as the mountain ranges cut Ecuador down the middle vertically allowing you to travel along the coast without having to trek in to land over 2000 metres above sea level.

The country of Ecuador can offer plenty of activities and things to do during your visit and getting there is not as complex as many people believe.  Ecuador is almost precisely due south from the US state of Miami and many flights go from the UK to Miami and then onward to Ecuador as well as many other South American destinations.