When researching and planning for a trip to Ecuador, there is a vast amount of information online that is often confusing for those who haven’t travel here. Online forums and travel websites do their best to present the country in the best light, but sifting through the information can be daunting. Keep reading for three myths about traveling to the country that can keep you from booking an Ecuador tour.
Checking online on the travel forums comes up with scores of posts with concerns about safety in the capital city. Stories of robberies, crooked taxi drivers, and tour companies that don’t deliver on their promises fill the screen; and many skip the country and capital straight away after reading the tales.
The truth of the matter is that Quito is a big city, and the same caution should be used that you would exercise in New York, Chicago, London, or Dublin. Don’t walk alone at night, make sure your taxi is licensed and uses the meter, and use a reputable tour company that puts all the cards on the table and can give you past customer recommendations.
Caution is the word to remember here are a few tips to help you navigate the ins and out of the city.
Thousands of people visit Quito each day and enjoy the sights, restaurants, and clubs of the city without incident. The capital has a lot to offer, including tours of the city that showcase the history and culture that make it a one-of-a-kind destination.
While there are few places on Earth like the Galapagos Islands, the diversity of Ecuador doesn’t stop in the islands. Trips to the jungle take you into an untouched forest with thousands of birds, a plethora of animals, and dense primary forest explored by canoe up and down tributaries of the Napo River.
Elsewhere, the Andes and their peaks overlook villages and communities that shine with the spirit of the Ecuadorian people. The Quilotoa Loop, a short drive from Quito, offers a glimpse into the hills and valleys of Ecuador’s countryside. The loop can be hiked in a few days, traveling between small town taking in the beauty of patched work hills while discovering crater lakes and thriving weekly markets.
The haciendas of northern Ecuador are alive with the culture and history of the country, of Ecuador, welcoming visitors into buildings that date back to the Spanish occupation.
While there are trade-offs between tours and setting off on your own to explore the country, creating your own custom-made tour through Happy Gringo gives you the best of both worlds. Planning an itinerary based solely on guidebooks and online resources leaves out firsthand expertise; trying your luck based on resources that are often out-of-date and in some cases not true. Things change quickly in Ecuador, and having the advantage of the expertise and current information about the country can make or break a trip.
Happy Gringo Travel is one of the only travel companies in Quito that offers custom-made tours for all budgets, working with all styles of travelers to create tours that take them off of the beaten path and to genuine destinations that make Ecuador special. For more information about our tours and the places that you can visit during your time in the country, contact a member of our team through our site or by using our toll-free number.