2020 just began and along with it comes the opportunity to renew and make some significant changes in our lives. But changes require a mindset, deadlines and goals so if you haven’t set your goals list yet, here’s our suggested calendar with the best destinations in Ecuador, specially picked up by month, for this year’s adventures. Because we know in Ecuador, the country that provides many vacations in one, you’ll find a way to reach your desired destination.
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Welcome the year with a bouquet of joy, the flowering of the “Guayacanes” in southern Ecuador. A yellow carpet welcomes the tourist to hundreds of hectares of forest blossomed in yellow, a natural spectacle considered unique in the world. Up in the Andes, in the Tungurahua province, the devils and demons take Píllaro’s streets for a masked parade of dances and ancient rituals to celebrate the traditional “Diablada”. 7 day of festivities are the best way to start the year energized by the dance and cultural expressions.
Make Ecuador your valentine and fall in love in the «heart of the world» with the best roses and the most exquisite chocolates for Valentine’s Day. With breathtaking sights on every corner its easy to find a honeymoon type spot to spend some time with that significant someone. The excitement keeps then rising with the Carnival when many traditional festivals take place throughout the country, where colors, water and foam become the soul of the party.
The Ecuadorian beaches are a must on every surf lover list; Montañita, Mompiche or Punta Carnero receive athletes and surfers eager to catch the waves. On the other hand, you can retreat in the depths of the Andes, and seek the relics of the past that rest in our heritage sites. Experience the adventure on your skin or step into the land of history, either way you’ll find out treasures, stories, flavors and landscapes to connect with the country and life.
Easter time and the Holy Week comes in april, millenary traditions revive strong in the colonial cities of the Andes. Ancient rituals and religious characters reappear in mass processions such as Jesus of Great Power, Christ of Consolation or Lord of Good Success. Congregations advance step by step, chant by chant, on the way of repentance through the most beautiful and ancient temples in South America; many of them in Quito, Cuenca, Riobamba and Guayaquil.
Discover a magical marine world by the Pacific coast. Wide beaches in a natural state or volcanic lagoons located at 3,200 meters above sea level will allow you to live a fantastic diving experience. The Galapagos archipelago, El Pelado Islet, Punta Mala, Los Ahorcados, Punta Piqueros, Los Frailes or Cuicocha are some of the options you have to interact with the endemic water species in Ecuador.
In the Andean summer, the sun and the earth have their own party. The Inti Raymi is an ancestral celebration to thank Mother Earth for the crops. Rituals, dances, traditional characters and special meals are served to revive the ancient faith of the indigenous people in ceremonial sites of the Andean region. But this is Ecuador and you’ll always find many vacations in one. Way down to the seaside you’ll find the site to admire the most romantic love story with the arrival of humpback whales on the Pacific coast, with songs, jumps and pirouettes.
In summer feel the adrenaline in the most impressive summits of the Avenue of the Volcanoes. The Mountain’s Season, which begins in June and runs until August, will allow you to reach the closest point to the sun, located in the Chimborazo; climb the highest active volcano in the world; the Cotopaxi, or reach the peaks of the Cayambe, the only volcano crossed by the Equator. In addition, the «Paseo del Chagra», developed in Machachi shows you the Andean moors culture.
The arts revive in Ecuador throughout the month. Artistic, cultural and civic activities take place throughout the country. Learn about the history of cities in its museums, squares and touristic routes. You can also travel from the Andes to the Coast on the “most difficult train in the world”, which connects you with ancient villages, snow-capped mountains and lagoons, cacao farms and ancestral cultures. Ecuador Train has been awarded for several years as the best luxury train.
Savor the exquisite taste of chicha (pre-Inca drink) at the cultural festival of indigenous and Catholic syncretism, Yamor, in the Otavaleño town. Pregones, comparsas, dances, traditions and gastronomy enliven the historical festival. Also take the opportunity to tour the «province of the lakes», Imbabura, and photograph the water mirrors of Yahuarcocha, Cuicocha, San Pablo and others.
The Pearl of the Pacific, Guayaquil, will celebrate its festivities with style. Be part of the parades, outstanding events and gastronomic fairs in its wonderful attractions such as: the pier, the Pearl, the Santa Ana Hill, among other places. Take a jump to the nearby provinces of Manabí, El Oro and Los Ríos to get to know the traditional estates rodeo, where you will celebrate with the best riders and laugh with picaresque “amorfinos” a traditional couplet.
The exquisite flavor and aroma of the purple “colada” takes every Ecuadorian corner. Taste this delicious drink accompanied by a bread “guagua” and share the traditions that revive the celebration of the Day of the Dead. Also in Latacunga you can enjoy the Black Mama, also known as the «Holy Tragedy». This popular festival represents a magical ceremony that interprets the life of different towns and its inhabitants.
Quito celebrates its parties with parades, music, “canelazos” and many cultural events. Visit Quito and enjoy the capital of Ecuador, with the best preserved Historic Center in Latin America. Close the year between passes of the child, widows and puppets. In Ecuador, these parties are lived with fraternity, union and fun.
In this 2020 you have Ecuador your holiday destination. You have 365 to enjoy everything you have dreamed of.