Cheap flights to Ecuador

Cheap Flights to Ecuador

Ecuador isn't a small country, but it can seem that way next to the vastness of South America's other regions. It is an amazing country for the variety of very different habitats that it possesses, all packed unusually close together. Steamy, humid Amazonian jungles lie not very far from the north-Andean tundra ecosystem known as the Páramo. Both lie only a few miles from the mangrove swamps of the coast and the imaginatively named "cloud forest."

The cities of Ecuador lie at the base of towering snow-covered volcanoes, and, of course, off the coast are the Galapagos Islands, home to some of the most startling diversity of wildlife humans have ever known. One of the most endearing qualities of the creatures on these islands is their lack of fear of humans. These are animals that have never seen a natural predator. It is not for no reason that Charles Darwin chose these islands to study evolution.

Ecuador may have greater biodiversity than any other country on earth, but the cultures of this land are just as wonderful. Many of the tribes of the land are descended from the ancient Incas, and they still carry through their fascinating practices. A holiday in Ecuador can be one of the greatest ways to heal the body, mind and spirit.

When and how to travel to Ecuador

If you haven't guessed already, Ecuador's name comes from the equator, which passes right through the country. Being right in the middle of the globe, Ecuador enjoys a constant climate year-round. The climate can change, however, depending on what part of the country you go to.

It's always cold high up in the mountains, for example. Ecuador also has several microclimates, where the weather can be markedly different. If you want to go when it's dry, you should pick any month between June and September. In some areas like the Oriente, however, it rains all the time. If you're going to the coast, the months between December and April are the best times. You do want to make sure that you don't visit in an El Niño year, however. The rain can be very unpredictable.

Traveling from Canada, you don't need a visa for Ecuador for visits under 90 days. The government of Canada has advisories out that ask Canadian citizens to practice health precautions against the Zika infections. Travelers are also asked to avoid travel in areas around Montañita, Cuenca and areas around the Colombian border.

Whether you want to fly to Ecuador or fly within the country, tools like Skyscanner are a great way to find competitive prices.

Looking around Ecuador

There is so much that Ecuador offers, it can be hard to know where to begin. The Galapagos are the number one attraction, of course.  With the friendliest sea lions, penguins, iguanas and dolphins that you've ever seen the Galapagos are a garden of Eden. It is one of the reasons that Ecuador is one of the world's 17 biodiversity hotspots.

The active volcanoes of the country can be particularly exciting when you see smoke emanating from them. Where there's smoke, there's bound to be a thermal bath, and country certainly does have many of them.

While Peru may get most of the attention for Incan ruins such as Machu Picchu, Ecuador has many, as well. The bottom line is that Ecuador is one of the world's greatest places to go to if you love nature. There are few places on earth that even approach the beauty of this country.

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