If staying in 300 year old haciendas, visiting lesser known Inca ruins, exploring colonial towns and experiencing bizarre and wonderful wildlife is for you then Ecuador is the place to spend your honeymoon. Situated on the equator its best months are from April to September (when most people get married) though it can be visited all year round.
Ecuador is a small country, easy to travel around and with a superb infrastructure. This is combined with its lovely mixture of exotic colours, lively markets and a deep routed Inca culture. To wander the markets of Otavalo, walk through a cloud forest or even take train ride to the devil’s nose is to experience a time gone by.
A honeymoon in Ecuador can be as simple as you want to make it. In its simplest form you could spend some time in Quito, fly to the Amazon and spend a week cruising around the Galapagos Islands. Whatever you decide to do, it will involve as little or as much travelling as you wish, but to end a honeymoon in the wildlife rich islands of the Galapagos is an experience like no other.
South of Quito lies a wild landscape strewn with active volcanoes and the National Parks of Cotapaxi and Chimborazo. Cotapaxi national park is dominated by Mount Cotapaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, soaring to 19,700ft. The park contains excellent flora and fauna with herds of llamas and deer, hummingbirds, and the elusive Andean condor, as well as scenic walking trails.
Undoubtedly Ecuador’s most beautiful city and designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1999. Encompassed by fertile valleys, this colonial town is ideal for exploring on foot. Narrow cobbled streets, quiet plaza’s, 19th century architecture and domed churches make it a charming step back in time.
Known as El Oriente, the Ecuadorian Amazon is a true rainforest experience. Situated a short distance away from Quito, you have the possibility of spotting giant armadillos, manatees, anacondas, fresh water dolphins and countless monkeys.
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