South America is as diverse as it is large, and no matter what part you go to, you’re bound to be surprised at what you find. Nowhere is that truer than Ecuador, which is filled with a myriad of landscapes seemingly designed to dazzle you.
Looking for somewhere interesting to go with the family? Plan an Ecuador family vacation, and spice up your normal travel itinerary with some of the out-of-this-world activities we’ve listed below. Safe travels!
One of the coolest things to do in Ecuador is to put yourself in two hemispheres. That’s right—the famous Mitad del Mundo is located just 15 miles north of Quito. This 100-foot-tall monument marks the spot where French explorers once believed the equator to be in the 1730s. As everyone will tell you now, that’s not actually where the equator is. (Scientists have since found that it’s actually 800 feet from the equator line.) But that doesn’t matter! Every year, thousands of travelers straddle the yellow line leading up to it, and proudly claim to have one toe in each hemisphere. It’s tradition.
Take the kids to Santo Domingo on your Ecuador family vacation, where they can embark on the rafting adventure of a lifetime. The Toachi and Blanco rivers have some of the longest navigable sections of whitewater rivers in Ecuador, and rafting through them can keep kids entertained for up to four hours.
The Galapagos Islands are like an outdoor zoo with some of the rarest animals in the world. If you’re kids are into nature and wildlife—and you’ve got an Ecuador family vacation in the works—visiting this archipelago should be at the top of your list. Here, adults and children alike can snorkel with sea lions, swim with marine iguanas, see centuries-old giant tortoises, hike up active volcanoes, and even hop on a yacht and cruise through it all. You can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, on Santa Cruz Island, which is the base of all environmental research still conducted in the Galapagos today.
Head east of the Andes, and you’ll find yourself in one of the most interesting places in the world: the Amazon rainforest. This vast green wilderness is home to numerous national parks, forest reserves, indigenous villages, and of course, animals: like river dolphin, tapir, capybara, caiman, monkeys, rare birds and more. Stay at the Napo Wildlife Centre, right in the heart of it all, and spend your days being led through the Amazon by an expert naturalist, going animal spotting, paddling down rainforest creeks and discovering some of Mother Nature’s most sought-after phenomenons.
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