If you’re looking for a great vacation, Ecuador probably doesn’t come to mind, but it should!
Stop spending heaps of money on the normal tourist spots and consider a slightly different vacation instead. Here are five wonderful reasons why you should take your next vacation in Ecuador.
No Need to Exchange Your Currency
One of the most annoying things about traveling in a foreign country is changing your money back and forth. It’s even more of a hassle if someone is sending you a little spending cash with a money transfer service. Dealing with exchange rates can be maddening.
One great thing about Ecuador that a lot of people don’t know is the fact that they use U.S. currency! That means you don’t have to switch your money every time you land at the airport, and it makes transferring funds a lot easier and more affordable too.
The Weather Is Great
Many people, especially in the U.S., vacation to escape the cold weather in the winter. There are few places with better weather than Ecuador.
The weather in Ecuador is usually warm. They experience almost no cool air since they are so close to the equator. No matter when you visit, you can expect 70-degree temperatures. Not too hot, and not too cold.
Mountains and Volcanoes and Beaches, Oh My!
Ecuador offers an amazing array of vistas that other countries only dream about. It is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world with 50 ecosystems. That includes:
- Tropical rainforests
- Forested valleys
- Andes Mountains
- Sandy beaches
- And more
Because of globalization, you can find a McDonalds just about anywhere. If you want to get away from the hamburgers and pizza you’re used to, expand your palate by visiting Ecuador.
If you’re staying near the mountains, you can expect hearty food that will allow you to withstand the harsh mountain temperatures, while seafood specialties can be found near the coast.
During your stay, make sure you try:
- Citrusy ceviche
- Toasted corn snacks
- Cheesy potato soup
- Goat stew
If you’re feeling adventurous, try guinea pig, otherwise known as cuy to the locals.
The City Life
There is no shortage of outdoor adventures to be had, but don’t think Ecuador is lacking when it comes to the city life! Travel into Quito to do a little exploring in the city.
Spend time wandering around the marketplace stalls looking for treasures to send back home or do a little sightseeing in Old Town Quito. If you have enough energy at the end of the day, the city is also home to an amazing night life. Just stop by the La Mariscal neighborhood in Plaza Foch and you can party all night long.
Don’t get stuck going to the same vacation destination year after year. Be a little brave and try something new. Experience all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes in Ecuador and you will wonder why you didn’t plan a trip to this amazing destination sooner!