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8 Essential Experiences to Enjoy in Ecuador

Ecuador is a South American county bordered on the north by Colombia, on the east and south by Peru and by the Pacific Ocean on the west. The Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific 620 miles west of the mainland, is also part of Ecuador. Here are some of the “don’t miss” sights and places to see for any first-time visitor:

Galapagos Islands – Visiting the famous islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution takes a long boat ride to get to, but most who make the effort say it was more than worth the effort. With its unique array of exotic wildlife like iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises and penguins, many consider the Galapagos Islands the most biodiverse place on Earth.

Straddle the Equator– Just north of the capitol city of Quito lies the Inti Nam museum where you can observe water swirling clockwise on the north side of the imaginary equator line and counter-clockwise on the south side.

The ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ – Two parallel mountain ranges run from north to south along a 124-mile route south of Quito. Rent a car or take a guided bus tour along the Pan American Highway and you’ll soon find yourself in a valley of more than a dozen spectacular snowcapped volcanoes. Because of the equatorial bulge, the Chimborazo volcano peak has the distinction of being the closets spot on earth closest to the sun.

Amazon trek – There are at least 230 species of mammals, 1,600 bird species and 4,500 different varieties of butterflies in the Oiente rainforest in Ecuador. This Amazon wilderness area is home to several eco-lodges where visitors and stay before setting out on guided canoe expeditions.

Quilotoa This beautiful lake set in the crater of a dormant volcano high in the Andes mountains is 250 meters deep and changes colors between brilliant blue to vibrant shades of green depending on the times of day and the angle of the sun.

The Basilica of the National Vow – This amazing cathedral located in Quito is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the Western Hemisphere. Construction started in 1924, but workmen never completely finished the job due to a local legend that told the completion of the cathedral would bring about the end of the world.

El Panecillo – Ecuador’s answer to Rio de Janeiro’s statue of Christ the Redeemer, El Panecillo stands high on a hill overlooking Quito. The statue of the Virgin Mary was Constructed in 1976 by Spanish artist Agustín of the Herrán Matorras with over 7,000 separate aluminum parts and is considered to be the greatest aluminum art work in the world.

Baños – This amazing town set high up in the Andes and is surrounded by many things for visitors to do. Adventurous activities like white water rafting, mountain climbing, hiking and hang gliding are only a few of the many things to try while in Baños. The quaint town also offers many mud baths and hot springs for those who desire to relax after a day of thrills and adventure.

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How to Plan a Summertime Sport Fishing Adventure

Experiencing the perfect sport fishing adventure means taking the time to plan the details so that every part is enjoyable, affordable and stress-free. There is a world full of destination spots offering some of the best sport fishing opportunities available. Below are some of the important ingredients needed to help build the perfect adventure.

Preferred Area

The avid fishing enthusiast dreams about the ultimate adventure at every available opportunity. There is an endless number of locations that offer both guided and unguided sports fishing activities. You need to narrow down your choices in locations and begin researching all of the lakes, rivers and seas that provide the perfect backdrop for your fishing experience. You may want to try out deep sea fishing off the Florida coast or the challenge of fresh water rivers in the wilds of Alaska.

Individual or Group

Travel arrangements, accommodations and equipment rentals or purchase will vary, depending on how many are going on the sport fishing adventure. Being able to guarantee room on chartered boats can be difficult if the group is large. Make sure that there will be adequate room, equipment and activities for all ages and fishing experience levels.

Budget

You need to know what you are willing to spend for the sport fishing adventure. There are travel costs, accommodations, equipment, guide fees, permits and possible rental fees for boats and chartered fishing excursions. There will also be the daily costs of food and basic living essentials. You may have to adjust your plans, locations and level of activities to fit the budget. Planning ahead of time will help give you the advantage of time to save the amount of money needed for your dream adventure.

Land or Sea

There are big differences in the overall planning of a land or sea sport fishing adventure. Chartered fishing excursions into the ocean are normally pretty costly and have to be booked in advance. You will need to have hotel reservations in most cases for the evening hours. Land sports fishing adventures can incorporate a camping experience, which can save a lot of money on accommodation. You can also check into salt water fishing from channels or surf, which is a more moderate price option from chartered or rented boats.

All-Inclusive Special Pricing

Check with travel agencies to see if there are summertime all-inclusive sports fishing adventure packages. This may be the best way to get the most out of each dollar you spend. They generally have the best access to pricing and availability that can turn an ordinary trip extraordinary. Find out if there are blackout dates for travel, how much deposit is required to make reservations and how much advance notice is needed.

What are you waiting on? Start planning the perfect sport fishing adventure today!