A brand new edition featuring illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring the people and places of the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands to life, at the turn of a page. From the snow-capped peaks of the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the historic Old Town of Quito, all attractions are included to ensure you experience the very best of this diverse destination, whatever your interests. A special 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions not to be missed and provides the editor's choice of exclusive and unique recommendations, including the best museums, churches, markets, wildlife-watching spots, ideas for adventures and tips for families with children. An in-depth 'Places' section features thirteen chapters covering the entire country, including the Unesco Word Heritage City of Cuenca and the fascinating wildlife of the Oriente. All the principal sites along the way are conveniently cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps throughout the guide, to enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance.
You will also find a comprehensive 'History' chapter looking back to lost worlds and ancient civilisations, legendary dynasties and battles for independence. Intriguing features explore Ecuador's people, culture, cuisine, environment and more. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides essential practical information, covering transport, accommodation for all budgets, nightlife, eating out, shopping, money, health, visas, language and much more, along with useful contact telephone numbers to help you book activities in advance. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Best of Ecuador; Latitude 0 00'; coast, Sierra, and Jungle. History: Decisive Dates; Lost Worlds; Hub of Two Empires; Independence and After. Features: Economy and Environment; The Ecuadorians; Life and Lore in the Sierra; Sounds of the Andes; Peoples of the Amazon; Artesanias; A Nation of Painters; Outdoor Activities; Food. Insights: Mini Features: Into the Amazon; Alexander Von Humboldt; National Parks; The Last Hidden Tribes; South American Explorers; The Weavers of Otavalo; The Vanishing Rainforest; Bird-Watching; Panama Hats; Preserving the Islands; Photo Features: Indian Costumes; Colonial Architecture; Railway Journeys; Birds of the Galapagos. Places: Introduction; Quito; Day Trips from Quito; Going North; The Avenue of the Volcanoes; The Southern Sierra; The Oriente; Oriente Wildlife; The Western Lowlands; The Pacific Coast; Guayaquil & the South Coast; The Galapagos Islands: Introduction; The Galapagos Islands: Darwin's Laboratory; Visiting the Islands. Travel Tips: Transportation; Accomodations; Eating Out; Activities; A-Z: Practical Information; Language. Maps: Ecuador; Quito Old Town; Quito New Town; Quito and Surroundings Going North; Otavalo and Surroundings; Avenue of the Volcanoes; Cuenca; SouthernSierra; Oriente; Western Lowlands; Pacific Coast; Guayaquil; South Coast; Galapagos Islands; Inside front cover: Ecuador; Inside back cover: Quito.