The more time we spend here in Ecuador, the more we have grown to love this place. Living here has been a lot different from being a backpacker travelling around on the gringo trail. Everyday life and working is perhaps not as exciting as hopping from hostel to hostel, but it gives us the opportunity to get to understand and appreciate more the country and its people. To find out about our experiences of living and working in Ecuador, please have a look on the Living in Zamora, Ecuador or Teaching in Zamora, Ecuador pages.
This section of my website, however, is about travelling around Ecuador and the beautiful and diverse places we have been lucky enough to visit.
Ecuador is a hugely diverse country. It is split into three different regions: the coast in the west, mountains in the centre and jungle in the east. Due to its size, it’s actually possible to cross the country and experience all three areas in one day…although, probably best to take your time. Each part of the country brings its own climate, culture, people, food and traditions. For this reason, Ecuador is welcoming more and more tourists every year, as well as a growing community of expats, from all over the world.
Ecuador is perhaps most famous for its variety of plants and wildlife. And you don’t need to go to the Galapagos to see exotic and rare species. On the coast, you can spot iguanas, turtles and even whales. In the Andes mountains, you can see birds of prey, including condors. Then, of course, the Amazon brings you a vast array of jungle wildlife, including monkeys, caimans, pumas and jaguars. There’s a lot to see, and so much opportunity to see it.
Unlike Peru, Ecuador is not so much on the gringo trail. That means that you can often travel to places and find you are the only gringo around, which has its positives and negatives. For one, you are less likely to get ripped off and be charged gringo prices. You have more opportunities to experience what life is really like in the country, and not simply live in a ‘backpackers bubble’. You can be a bit more adventurous and experience things for yourself, rather than be dictated by organised tours and guides. On the other hand, travelling around the country by public transport is not as easy because the infrastructure is not so developed. It can also be very difficult to organise your own trips or go on hikes independently because there is a lack of information about a place. You may also find it tricky finding a hostel or place to stay. Either way, Ecuador has a lot to offer and is slowly catching up and doing its bit to encourage tourism.
Please have a look around the rest of my site to find out more about Ecuador and our experiences here. It’s such a fantastic country and I have so much more to tell!