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What to see in Ecuador

Charles Darwin Research Station

Near Puerto Ayora is the Charles Darwin Research Station, that contains a National Park information centre and a museum.…

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Cotopaxi National Park

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi is Ecuador's most visited National Park, with the highest active volcano in the world at its…

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Cuenca

The Spanish founded the pretty colonial city of Cuenca in 1557. Despite being Ecuador's third largest city, it is quaint…

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El Mitad del Mundo

El Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World) is a purpose-built complex of museums and shops that was constructed to…

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Otavalo

Ecuador is famous for its colourful, indigenous markets, and the best known of these is market day at Otavalo. It dates…

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Plaza de la Independencia

The square, also known as Plaza Grande, has always been the heart of the city, and as the hub of the old centre, it is…

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Plaza San Francisco

The Plaza San Francisco is a large cobbled square with the western side completely dominated by the enormous façade…

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