List of described attractions by provinces

Ecuador is divided into 24 provinces:

Azuay
Bolivar
Cañar
Carchi
ArrowPáramo El ÁngelEcosystems
Chimborazo
Cotopaxi
El Oro
Esmeraldas
Galápagos (reviewed separately)
Guayas
Imbabura
Loja
Los Rios
Manabi
Morona Santiago
Napo
Orellana
Pastaza
Pichincha
Santa Elena
Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas
Sucumbios
Tungurahua
Zamora Chinchipe

Ecuador - map

Galápagos is reviewed separately!

Wikipedia article about Ecuador

Featured:

Páramo El Ángel - eerie land of frailejones

Espeletia pycnophylla in Páramo El Ángel, Ecuador
Frailejones - Espeletia pycnophylla and fog, Páramo El Ángel.
Thomas van Hengstum, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

In the highlands of tropics in several locations of the world have formed unique montane moors with eerie, tall plants.

Páramo El Ángel in Ecuador is characteristic example of such ecosystems - here thousands of frailejones are rising up to 10 m tall.

 

Main attractions

Although Ecuador is somewhat smaller than its neighbors, the country nevertheless has very diverse landscape and high diversity of cultural and natural landmarks.

The highlights of Ecuador are:

Interior in Santo Domingo Church, Quito
Interior in Santo Domingo Church, Quito.
waldopics, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Natural landmarks

Rio Pastaza in gorge
Rio Pastaza in gorge.
fabulousfabs, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Rock formations

Volcanoes

Waterfalls

Pailón del Diablo, Ecuador
Pailón del Diablo.
Clayre Taylor, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Country is very rich with waterfalls and the tallest ones certainly are not measured yet.

Ecosystems

Other natural landmarks

Man made landmarks

Prehistoric settlements

Ruins of Ingapirca, Cañar
Ruins of Ingapirca, Cañar.
Marc Figueras, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

Other archaeological monuments

Cities

Quito, Ecuador
Quito.
Marcio Ramalho, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Renaissance and Baroque churches and monasteries

Church of the Society of Jesus, Quito
Church of the Society of Jesus, Quito.
Dr. Carlos Costales Terán, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Newer churches

Monuments

Madonna of El Panecillo, Quito
Madonna of El Panecillo, Quito.
Adn Montalvo Estrada, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Other man made landmarks


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