The Rough Guide to Ecuador
Melissa Graham, Shafik Meghji
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The new, full-color Rough Guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands is the definitive travel guide to this captivating country. In-depth coverage of Ecuador's incomparable wildlife, vibrant indigenous cultures, and awe-inspiring scenery takes you to the most rewarding spots — from the Amazon rainforest to the heights of the Andes to glorious, laid-back beach resorts. Stunning color photography brings the land to life on the pages.
Discover Ecuador's highlights, with expert advice on exploring the best colonial cities, participating in ancient festivals, scaling volcanoes and learning Spanish, straddling the Equator, and swimming with turtles, penguins, sea lions, and even sharks. The guide includes extensive coverage of the capital, Quito, and the Galápagos Islands, the world's premier wildlife destination.
Easy-to-use maps, reliable advice on how to get around, and insider reviews of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops for all budgets ensure that you won't miss a thing. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
guides) are also organized from Tena by RICANCIE, the community tourism coordinator (see "Indigenous-community stays around Tenas"). Pacto Sumaco is served by a very slow daily bus (Transportes Expreso Napo) from Tena, leaving Pista de Avionetas in Tena at 4pm and arriving in Pacto Sumaco around 8pm. The return journey leaves Pacto Sumaco at 5am. Alternatively you can get to Guagua Sumaco on frequent buses from Coca or from the village of Narupa (passed by Quito–Tena buses; see "Punín and
mosquito net, some means of water purification and possibly some food too, to bolster their modest supplies; take nothing for granted. Borbón has several simple but not particularly salubrious hotels, though Brisas del Río Santiago (06/2786211; under $10), on 5 de Agosto, the main street, has fans, mosquito nets and an owner happy to advise about river travel upstream. Castillo, also on 5 de Agosto (06/2786613; $11–15), has private baths, nets and fans. The northern lowlands and coast | The
It’ll take under an hour to get there on a bike, though it’s uphill all the way. The Galápagos Islands | Listings | San Cristóbal highlands | Laguna El JuncoTen kilometres beyond El Progreso, Laguna El Junco is a caldera lake at about 650m, often shrouded in mist in the dry season and surrounded by ferns, miconia, brambles and guava bushes. The quiet is occasionally broken by the squawk of a moorhen or splash of white-cheeked pintails and whimbrels. Fed by the mists and rain, it’s one of
reflect the intense ultraviolet radiation during cloudless spells. Páramo soil is sodden, and excess water collects in the hundreds of lakes that spangle the undulating scenery. The first signs of wildlife also emerge in the páramo with mammals such as the Andean spectacled bear, South American fox and white-tailed deer, and birds like the Andean condor, Andean snipe, tawny antpitta and various hummingbirds. Lower than the páramo are the cloudforests, clothing the sierra in dense vegetation
contrasts cast by harsh midday light, though you can reduce heavy shadows using fill-in flash. Mountaineers with digital cameras should take their batteries out while climbing and carry them somewhere warm under their clothes; cold batteries lose power in seconds, usually just when you want to take that spectacular mountaintop sunrise. Always respect people’s privacy and never take someone’s photograph without asking first; usually they will be flattered or sometimes ask for a small fee or for