Ecuador is a huge country located in Northwestern South America and lying next to the equator between Colombia and Peru. Many popular sites and cities of Ecuador are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The names of some of such big cities and best sites are the city of Cuenca, the Galapagos Islands and Cotopaxi which is the most active and the highest volcano in the entire world. In the year 1830, the Gran Colombia collapsed and three countries were emerged from this one. One among these three is the “Republic of the Ecuador”. Some of the territories of Ecuador were lost between the 1904 and 1942 period. In the year 1999, the war of Ecuador with Peru was also resolved.
When it comes to crimes in Ecuador, Ecuador has become the safest country in Central and South America. The names of the main cities of Ecuador are Quito, Loja, Ambato, Cuenca, Banos, Guayaquil, Otavalo, Ibarra, Riobamba and Manta. Canoa is a small beach town whereas Montanita is the famous surfing beach across the world. People should also visit Puyo, the jungle town of Ecuador. For bird watching Mindo is the best place to go. Many other beautiful sites are located in the big cities of Ecuador.
The country of Ecuador is very famous because of Cotopaxi, the strato-volcano of the Andes Mountains. It is actually located in the Cotopaxi National Park and is regarded as the most active and among the highest volcanoes around the world. It stands 2nd among the highest summits, having a height of 19,347 ft. The world famous Cotopaxi has erupted minimum 50 times since the year 1738. Thus, many small valleys are formed across the volcano as a result of mudflow. Cotopaxi with some other volcanoes forms the chains of volcanoes situated around the Pacific plate and together they are known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The next main attraction of Ecuador is Galapagos National Park which was formed in the year 1959. This is the first national park of Ecuador and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO declared it as a Natural Heritage for Humanity. In the year 1986, a reserve named Galapagos Marine Reserve was also created inside its boundaries. The favorite place of many visitors in Galapagos is the Tortuga Bay which is situated on the beautiful Santa Cruz Island. In this Tortuga Bay, along with the lava rocks some marine iguanas, birds and galapagos crabs can be found. Many sharks with white tip reefs can also be seen swimming with their groups along with some Galapagos tortoise. This national park is a must visit one in Ecuador.
The Church of the Society of Jesus, which is also known by the name La Compania, is the most famous and the most visited church of Ecuador. It is indeed one of the best known Spanish churches around the world. The interior of the church is so beautiful. The entire church is decorated with gilded plaster, gold leafs and wood carvings. The interior work of thoquee church is regarded as one of the most significant works in South America. The church is especially designed in Spanish Baroque architecture. The church is titled as the most ornate church of Quito. The very famous bell tower of La Compania was regarded as the tallest structure during the colonial period in Quito. After the restoration of this church in the year 2005, the church became very famous in Ecuador again.
Situated next to the Guayas River in the port city of Guayaquil, Malecon 2000 is a famous boardwalk area in Ecuador. The area stands along the west edge of the Guayas River and is of approximately 2.5 km. From this boardwalk area overlooking the beautiful Guayas River many historical monuments can be seen such as restaurants, museums, fountains, food courts, shopping malls, gardens and bars. This is one of the largest and the stunning works of Guayaquil. Malecon 2000 is also divided into some sections. Some plazas, spaces for aerobics, a planetarium and water fountains are located in the north section. In the southern part, the popular Bahia Malecon Shopping Center is also located. The main and central section consists of the Moorish Clock Tower, the historic Civic Plaza and the Rotonda Monument.
The next big thing in Ecuador is the “Basilica of the National Vow” which is a Catholic church dedicated to the Roman people. The church is located in the city of Quito and is stated as the best neo-Gothic basilica architecture in the World. The building is known for its grotesques which are designed in the form of some Ecuadorian animals such as iguana, Galapagos tortoises and armadillos. In all there are fourteen bronze images and representing separate three evangelists and eleven apostles. The sanctuary is open to all but visitors have to pay some entry fee. Visitors are also allowed to climb to the top of all the towers to enjoy the mindboggling view from them.
Apart from the above mentioned places there are some other nice places in Ecuador like Pinchincha Volcano, Batra islands, El Panecillo, Basilica del Voto Nacional, Charles Darwin Research Station, etc. Ecuador is a big country with so many great as well as interesting places to visit.