Josh your experience looks so amazing, it really inspired me to go to Ecuador with my best friend next time she goes back to visit her family! I'd be going to Guayaquil but I wanna visit all over Ecuador! What are some places/things you recommend doing? (I know there's probably thousands of things but some of the few that you really loved)
Thank you! haha
Ecuador is FULL of stuff to do. Here are some recommendations:
Esmereldas: This is an area by the coast that’s Full of beaches. It’s beautiful and really so much fun. Drinks and food are cheap too!
Mindo/Baños: These are two very green towns, that exist for your pleasure haha These places are very touristy but full of things to do for avdenture. Puenting, Zip-lining, horse back riding, tubing, white water rafting, hiking, everything you could ask for.
Amazon: This place might be pricey but it is a breathtaking experience. You can live in the jungle for a day or two and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. It’s an indescribable experience.
Galapagos: Maybe not this time around, but eventually get to the Galapagos. I go in April and I cannot wait. This place is like no other in the whole world, and I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that.
Centro Historico: This is a very cool part of Quito, it’s very old school and colorful. I love being there just for the sights. You can make your obligatory visits to the churches, but I like to walk around, visit La Plaza Grande, and just grab a cheap bite to eat. It’s beautiful here.
Cuenca: Cuenca is a crazy beautiful city that I hope I get to visit before I leave. I don’t know much about it yet, but I literally here from every person that this is just an unremarkably pretty place that you I’ve gotta see.
La Fosh: If you’re white and you love to party, head to La Fosh in La Mariscal. It’s a fun time for the weekend to get a little crazy in a mix of Ecuas and gringos alike.
Markets: Find a local fruit market and take a visit. I went once and saw more fruit and vegetables than I’d ever seen, more than I can name. While you’re here be sure to try all the fruit that don’t even exist in America.
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I’ve obviously had a very very touristy experience with my program here haha Gotta see all the good stuff right? I hope to learn some cool places that are not on a tourist map before I go, or maybe just next time I come visit haha
I hope I helped a bit! Feel free to ask for more details if you need more help :)