Flights to Ecuador – Home to the famous Galapagos Islands
Famous for its wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a mini-paradise for people who like to explore the bounties of nature. The must-visit places of this South American country include Galapagos Islands, Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, where the beauty of Ecuador will unfold before your eyes. The works of modern artist Oswaldo Guayasamin exhibited at Fundacion Guayasamin is a source of inspiration for many artists who visit this country. Browse the shops in Mercado Artesanal for souvenirs that are worth taking back home.
Best time to visit Ecuador
To make the most of your trip to Ecuador, visit during the months of December to April. As the country lies close to the equator, the coastal lowlands typically experience a warm climate and the temperature in this region is around 25 °C. As there is a risk of contacting Zika virus, pregnant women are advised against traveling to Ecuador.
How to reach Ecuador
From almost all the major countries, there are scheduled flights to Ecuador. Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the major international airport in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Direct flights are not available from Indian cities to Ecuador. The international airlines have stopover points at New Delhi, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Frankfurt, and London. You can avail the flight services provided by Air India, British Airways, Jet Airways, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways. Popular means of getting around the country include buses, taxis, and trucks (in remote areas).
Where to stay in Ecuador
As per your convenience, you can choose to stay in budget, mid-range, luxury, or boutique hotels. Most of the hotels in Quito provide amenities like free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, swimming pool, and airport transfer facilities. Hotel rooms in Quito are available for an overnight stay at low rates, starting at INR 5,000.
Best places to visit in Ecuador
Galapagos Islands inspired Charles Darwin to come up with the theory of evolution. The many varieties of flora and fauna found herehave made it a popular destination for wildlife viewing. Must-see places include Galapagos National Park, Charles Darwin Research Station, Tortuga Bay Beach, and Marine Reserve.
Quito retains a colonial charm, with European and Moorish architectural styles being skillfully blended to its various structures. Enjoy the view of this city from TeleferiQo, where a cable car will take you to the Pichincha Volcano. Get a glimpse of the artwork of famous artist Oswaldo Guayasamin at Capilla del Hombre, and the Fundacion Guayasamin, in Bellavista.
Must-buys in Ecuador
Mercado Artesanal is the best place to shop for souvenirs in Quito, Ecuador. The market is famous for jewelry, Ecuadorian textiles, and many other traditional handicraft items. Alpaca hoodies, Alpaca socks, organic coffee, organic chocolates, and Panama hats are a must-buy in Ecuador.
Cuisine of Ecuador
The staples of Ecuadorian Cuisine are meat, rice, corn, bananas, cassava, and potatoes. Try sampling the Ecuadorian Ceviche (seafood cocktail), Hornado, and Fanesca. The Ecuadorian soup, Locro de papa, made with avocados, potatoes, and cheese, is a must-try. If you want to try something exotic, try out the juice made of Naranjilla, a jungle fruit.
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Ecuador?
The airlines which offer cheap air tickets are British Airways and Air France.
•What is the time difference between Ecuador and India?
India is ahead of Quito by 10 hours and 30 minutes.
•What is the flight duration while traveling from major Indian metros to Quito?
Bangalore to Quito: 31 hours
Chennai to Quito: 31 hours
Mumbai to Quito: 30 hours
New Delhi to Quito: 30 hours
•Which are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Quito from India?
The major layover airports for connecting flights to Quito from India are at New Delhi, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Frankfurt, and London.
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