Get Inspired / South America / Ecuador Ecuador Highlights Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Ecuador Ecuador Highlights story by: Inspire South America Cuenca – Cuenca, located in the rugged mountain ranges of the Andes, is the third largest city in Ecuador. Inhabitants of Cuenca date back to 8060BC, creating a long and fascinating history. The centre of the city is now listed as a UNESCO world heritage trust site because of its historical buildings. Nearby, the Canar plantation is home to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador, Ingapirca with its main feature, the Temple of the Sun. Cotopaxi – Cotopaxi is a province in Ecuador known as part of the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’. Cotopaxi Volcano which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, is part of a chain of volcanoes around the Pacific plate known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. It sits in Cotopaxi National Park which is a protected area. Cotopaxi is also known for its various haciendas in the area, these historical old buildings are fully restored for guests to enjoy this unique style of accommodation. Otavalo – Three volcanoes Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda surround the valley town of Otavalo, creating a picturesque location. Once mainly a farming community, the focus on tourism has now turned Otavalo into a popular stop with their famous Saturday Markets offering all sorts of handicrafts. You’ll find the locals here in very traditional clothing. Without a doubt, these are one of the best markets in South America. Guayaquil – A bustling city and the economic engine of the country, Guayaquil is all about the rivers. Tour the streets of Las Penas colonial neighbourhood or the splendid Malecon 2000, the riverside walkway and its ecological attractions. Guayaquil is the only other city along with Quito that has flights to the Galapagos Islands. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 9 things you need to know before you cruise Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Animal crazy? Our calendar of the Galapagos Islands has got the cure Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.