Volcano Cotopaxi is the third highest active volcano in the worldSouth America’s second smallest country Ecuador offers abundant natural diversity. It is surprising to witness the variety of wildlife and natural beauty that this small place encompasses.

For all those people who love to admire the beauty of nature, a visit to Ecuador is a dream comes true. The biodiversity of the country will simply leave you spellbound with its exotic birds, amazing wildlife and peculiar tropical forests and grasslands. The Cotopaxi National Park is one such wildlife park that houses various animals and birds. This park also happens to be home to Ecuador’s most active volcano, Volcán Cotopaxi.

Otavalo, a small town situated about one hundred kilometers to the north of Quito, hosts the famous indigenous Market every Saturday. One should head right to Poncho Square, where one can buy everything, right from home furnishing to small nick-nacks. Other tourist attractions in Ecuador include Baños, El Cajas National Park, Parque Historico Guayaquil, New Cathedral and the Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil.

La Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, EcuadorFor the adventure lovers, the country offers several choices. You can go to Quilatoa Loop for trekking and mountaineering, or else, you can also try horseback riding and surfing.

The culture of Ecuador is believed to have an indigenous heritage with enchanting traditional costumes and exclusive markets located in the highlands. Those interested in colonial architecture and historical town centers should not miss the country’s capital Quito and the third-largest city Cuenca. These are also included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Moreover, if you want to witness the natural beauty of a place during the day and party away during the night, then the city of Baños is the best place to be.

blue-footed booby, galapagos islands, ecuadorThe weather of Ecuador, as such, can be divided into two major seasons, the dry season and the rainy season. However, there are changes in the climate as one moves from one geographical location to another, due to the difference in altitude. The dry season lasts from June to December.

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