Ecuador will always occupy a special page in my passport. It’s not only where I studied abroad, but more importantly, it’s where I became infected with the travel bug. It doesn’t take much convincing to see why! While the country may be tiny, it packs plenty of unique activities and attractions. From surfing, to active volcanoes that reach the sky, and even a lush section of the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador will leave you speechless. Once you go, it’ll be your benchmark for all other destinations.
Here are 7 things you must do in Ecuador to truly experience what makes the country is so awesome!
Channel your inner Indiana Jones in Baños
While Baños may be a tiny mountain pueblo of only 14,000 residents, it packs a mean punch of activities for the adventure traveler. Adventure seekers can mountain bike down the side of the mountain and into the rainforest, whitewater raft, mountain climb on volcano, or paraglide. When the adventure is over, relax in one of the namesake hot spring baths. Or, if you’re there during an evacuation due to volcanic activity from Tungurahua, keep a safe distance and watch the eruption.