The cloud forest lodges of Ecuador sit in the midst of a symphony of nature. Within the lush hills and valleys of the region lie rivers and waterfalls, stunning green forests, and reserves that boast a lively array of birds, butterflies, and fauna.
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Ecuador’s small size is juxtaposed by its astounding variety of terrain and the incredible diversity of wildlife within its borders. Along the Napo River, between Coca and the Peruvian border, is the deep jungle; one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet to go on Amazon tours in Ecuador.
In Yasuni National Park, a 3,800 square mile swath of primary forest a few hours south from Coca- there are over 500 kinds of birds, 200 different mammals, and more than 100 species of reptiles. Happy Gringo works with lodges in the area- including Sani, Napo Wildlife Center, and Sacha that offer once in a lifetime treks to see the creatures that live under the canopy. Keep reading to find out more about the wildlife that can be found in the Ecuadorian jungle.
Ecuador boasts more than 70 volcanoes running from the top to the bottom of the country alongside the Andes mountain range, and reaching 500 miles off the coast to the Galapagos Islands. The Avenue of Volcanoes has eight of the highest peaks in the country, including active volcanoes that are still erupting to this day.
Each year, thousands of climbers descend on the small nation to climb the peaks in search of reaching new heights. Others come to find solace in the peaceful lookouts overlooking the majestic giants. custom-made trips in Ecuador to the volcanoes and peaks can be arranged through Happy Gringo Travel.
The culture of the country is seemingly defined by its volcanoes; folklore tells of creation myths of the high mountains with tales of suitors fighting over a mate. When the dust settled, the resulting couple gave birth to another volcano in the succession that criss-crosses the country.
While far from a complete list, and not a technical guide to be used for summiting Ecuador’s peaks, here are four volcanoes that draw people from far and wide to visit during their time in Ecuador.
Ecuador gives travelers of all walks of life the luxury of exploring a diversity that goes beyond the ordinary. Fixed by points on the map start at the equator and continues to the Galapagos Islands, the far reaches of the jungle, the high vistas of volcanoes, and the lush landscape of the cloud forest.
For many, the country begins and ends with a plane ride in and out of Ecuador’s cities, Quito and Guayaquil. While in transit, intrepid travellers fly over natural attractions that echo times past in the modern world; making discovering the nooks and crannies of the small nation an adventure that can surpass expectations around every bend and corner.
When planning a trip to the Ecuador, consider stopping at these swimming holes and waterfalls to rediscover the natural world. Keep reading for four waterfalls and swimming holes to visit while in Ecuador.