GET's Katherine Carter recounts highlights and shares insider travel tips from a recent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
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Ecuador welcomes travelers with a bounty of natural wonders and cultural treasures. From the incredible landscapes of the Galapagos Islands, whose diverse wildlife inspired Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, to the many wildlife reserves and vast Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador boasts more bio-diversity than almost any other country in the world. And that’s not all. Here you’ll encounter vibrant local cultures and rich traditions that make Ecuador a destination every traveler should experience.
Highlights not to miss include the cities of Quito and Cuenca, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their preservation of indigenous cultural traditions. Explore the outdoor market at Otavalo for insight into the Andean tradition of flute-making, and discover the delicious secrets of making artisan chocolate. Immerse yourself in nature at Cotopaxi National Park, and continue along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” for an unforgettable journey past Ecuador’s active peaks.
With many diverse regions, Ecuador has a variety of climates. Coastal areas offer warm temperatures with rainfall from December to May. In higher elevations, temperatures vary greatly from day to night, so it’s ideal to pack in layers and bring something for all weather conditions.
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