The train system in Ecuador has had a major overall in the past 10 years and their lines now stretch as far north as Otavalo and as far south as Cuenca. It is one the best ways to see the country as it allows you take in the superb scenery as well as stop to visit some of the highlights of the country.
In the far north is Otavalo, a town famous for its local market and weaving as well its colonial buildings. The best place to stay though is Cuenca in the south. This small town has been built around its lovely colonial stonework and its numerous churches are simply stunning, especially the one with the flower market at its doors.
The Andean mountains cut through the country forming enormous valleys and are home to tribes of indigenous Indians that still maintain their way of life. The Amazon, or what is known as ‘El Oriente’, is a hot and humid area with a maze of rivers and creeks weaving through it.
Throughout the country you will find a wealth animals and plants, with, 1,600 species of bird, 1,000 fish, 680 reptiles and amphibians, 230 mammals and more than 20,000 species of plant.
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