Before or After Galapagos Ecuador Travel Tips
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador have been on the bucket list of many modern day tourists and explorers but to reach there, you must spend a night in Quito or Guayaquil. So why not take your time and explore the remainder of Ecuador. Consider Travel to these places before or after Galapagos.
Quito, Ecuador capital
Quito is the capital of Ecuador and sits in the Andean foothills at an elevation of 9,350 feet. Quito is constructed on the ruins of an ancient Incan city and if archaeology or history is interest, you will revel in walking the streets of the ‘old town’ and maybe even visiting La Florida museum. Quito also has plenty to satisfy art lovers and a visit to the Museo Guayasamin featuring the collection of Oswaldo Guayasamin is a must. For architecture, try visiting the Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus which is a green and gold domed, baroque style church. If you would like to view the mountains, try the TeleferiQo which is a 10 minute sky tram that traverses the Volcano Pichincha. At the top, you can hike the summit of Rucu Pichincha. Stay in the historic part of town in a great boutique hotel to get the most of your stay, and wander the streets where you can hear live music and enjoy fine dining. There is plenty to explore this great city, before or after Galapagos.
Guayaquil after Galapagos Ecuador
If you’ve already visited Quito on the way to Galapagos, Ecuador’s commercial centre Guayaquil could be a stop on your return back to the mainland. Guayaquil is a sprawling city with a lively downtown scene with theatres, art exhibits, and bars and restaurants. Whether you are enjoying a private sightseeing tour or exploring local cafes and wine bars, there is plenty to do in this town. You can explore natural history at the Historical Guayaquil Park or enjoy anthropology and archeology at the Museo Antropologic y de Arte Contemporaneo. Stroll along the malecon by the water and visit the historic barrio of Las Penas.
The Amazon in Ecuador
If you didn’t get enough of a wildlife fix in Galapagos, you might as well tackle the Amazon. The Amazon basin spreads over six Ecuadorian provinces and consists of mainly tropical rainforest. If you would like to get a firsthand look, consider an ecolodge of Amazon cruise. Both options will include an inclusive program of jungle treks, boat rides, canoeing, and bird watching excursions led by qualified guides. After Galapagos, the Amazon Rainforest is a fantastic addition to discover an entirely different ecosystem.
Avenue of the Volcanoes
The Avenue of the Volcanoes is a string of volcanoes that run from the south to the north towards Quito. These are sometimes referred to as Volcano Alley, and they are surrounded by national parks and preserves. If you like great views, jagged mountain vistas, and craters filled with blue green water this is for you. There are also snow covered slopes, active volcanoes, and an amazing array of flora and fauna. These stunning views are worth the visit, and there are tours available to fit your activity and fitness levels.
Visiting Darwin’s favourite islands is an amazing adventure, but don’t forget more adventures are on your doorstep to make the most of before or after Galapagos escapes.
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