Lonely Planet: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781740594646
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Edition description: 6th Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Authors 6
This Book 7
Foreword 8
Introduction 9
Facts about Ecuador 11
History 11
Geography 15
Climate 16
Ecology & Environment 16
Flora & Fauna 17
Government & Politics 24
Economy 25
Population & People 26
Education 26
Arts 27
Society & Conduct 28
Religion 29
Facts for the Visitor 30
Highlights 30
Suggested Itineraries 30
Planning 31
Responsible Tourism 33
Tourist Offices 33
Visas & Documents 33
Embassies & Consulates 35
Customs 36
Money 36
Post & Communications 39
Digital Resources 41
Books 41
Films 43
Newspapers & Magazines 43
Photography & Video 43
Time 44
Electricity 44
Weights & Measures 44
Laundry 44
Toilets 44
Health 44
Galapagos Wildlife Guide 47
Social Graces 60
Women Travelers 61
Gay & Lesbian Travelers 61
Disabled Travelers 62
Senior Travelers 62
Travel with Children 62
Useful Organizations 62
Dangers & Annoyances 63
Emergencies 64
Legal Matters 64
Business Hours 65
Public Holidays & Special Events 65
Activities 66
Courses 68
Work 68
Accommodations 68
Food 70
Drinks 72
Entertainment 72
Spectator Sports 73
Shopping 73
Getting There & Away 75
Air 75
Land 77
Sea 80
River 80
Getting Around 81
Air 81
Bus 81
Train 83
Car & Motorcycle 83
Taxi 84
Bicycle 84
Hitchhiking 84
Walking 84
Boat 85
Organized Tours 86
Quito 87
History 87
Orientation 89
Information 89
Walking Tour 95
Things to See & Do 96
Dancing Lessons 106
Language Courses 106
Special Events 106
Places to Stay 106
Places to Eat 112
Entertainment 117
Shopping 118
Getting There & Away 119
Getting Around 121
Around Quito 123
Pomasqui 123
La Mitad del Mundo 123
Rumicucho 124
Reserva Geobotanica Pululahua 125
Calderon 126
Sangolqui 126
Refugio de vida Silvestre Pasochoa 126
Volcan Pichincha 127
Northern Highlands 129
North to Cayambe 129
Cochasqui Ruins 130
Cayambe 131
From Cayambe to Otavalo 131
Otavalo 131
Around Otavalo 138
Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi-Cayapas 142
Apuela 143
San Antonio de Ibarra 143
Ibarra 144
La Esperanza 149
Rio Blanco Area 149
North of Ibarra 149
El Angel 150
Reserva Biologica Guandera 151
Tulcan 151
Western Andean Slopes 155
Nanegalito 155
Tandayapa 155
Reserva Biologica Maquipucuna 155
Reserva Biologica Ios Cedros 156
Reserva Bellavista 156
Mindo 156
West of Mindo 159
Central Highlands 160
Machachi & Aloasi 162
The Ilinizas 162
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi 163
Latacunga 167
The Quilotoa Loop 170
Isinlivi 174
San Miguel de Salcedo 174
Ambato 174
Around Ambato 178
Banos 180
From Banos to Puyo 188
Parque Nacional Sangay 189
Guaranda 191
Salinas 193
Riobamba 194
Southwest of Riobamba 200
Volcan Chimborazo 201
Guano & Santa Teresita 203
Guamote 203
Alausi 203
Achupallas 205
Cuenca & the Southern Highlands 206
Ingapirca 208
Canar 208
Azogues 209
Cuenca 209
Around Cuenca 222
From Cuenca to Machala 225
Saraguro 225
Loja 226
Parque Nacional Podocarpus 230
Zamora 232
From Loja to Vilcabamba 234
Vilcabamba 234
Zumba 238
Catamayo 238
El Cisne & Gonzanama 238
Catacocha 238
Macara 239
The Oriente 240
The Northern Oriente 242
From Quito to Lago Agrio 242
Lago Agrio 246
Along Rio Aguarico 249
Reserva Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno 251
South from Lago Agrio 252
Coca 252
Via Auca 257
Lower Rio Napo 257
Parque Nacional Yasuni 261
Volcan Sumaco 262
Archidona 262
Tena 262
Misahualli 267
Upper Rio Napo 269
Puyo 272
Shell 275
The Southern Oriente 275
Macas 275
Parque Nacional Sangay 278
The Jungle from Macas 278
Sucua 279
From Mendez to Morona 280
Limon 280
Gualaquiza 281
From Gualaquiza to Zamora 281
North Coast & Lowlands 282
Western Lowlands 283
Quito to Santo Domingo de los Colorados 284
Santo Domingo de los Colorados 284
North of Santo Domingo de los Colorados 287
South of Santo Domingo de los Colorados 287
Quevedo 288
Quevedo to Guayaquil 289
Babahoyo 289
The North Coast 290
San Lorenzo 290
Reserva Ecologica de Manglares Cayapas Mataje 291
Limones 292
La Tola 292
Olmedo 292
Borbon 292
Along Rio Cayapas 293
Playa de Oro 294
Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi-Cayapas 294
The Road to Esmeraldas 295
Esmeraldas 296
Atacames 298
Sua 300
Same & Tonchigue 300
Muisne & Around 301
Cojimies 303
Pedernales 303
Canoa 303
San Vicente 305
Bahia de Caraquez 305
Portoviejo 308
Inland from Portoviejo 310
Manta 310
Crucita Area 315
Montecristi 315
Jipijapa 316
Puerto Cayo 316
Parque Nacional Machalilla 317
Puerto Lopez 319
Salango 322
Puerto Rico 322
Las Tunas 323
Ayampe 323
Guayaquil & The South Coast 324
Guayaquil 326
Orientation 326
Information 327
Things to See & Do 330
Organized Tours 333
Special Events 334
Places to Stay 334
Places to Eat 337
Entertainment 339
Shopping 340
Getting There & Away 340
Getting Around 343
West of Guayaquil 343
Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco 343
Puerto Hondo 344
Playas 344
Around Playas 347
Santa Elena Peninsula 347
North Along the Coast 350
South Of Guayaquil 353
Reserva Ecologica Manglares Churute 354
Machala 354
Puerto Bolivar & Jambeli 357
Zaruma 357
Pinas 357
El Bosque Petrificado Puyango 358
To/from the Peruvian Border 358
The Galapagos Islands 360
History 364
Geography 364
Geology 364
Ecology & Environment 365
Organized Tours 368
Getting There & Away 372
Getting Around the Islands 372
Fees & Taxes 373
Isla Baltra 373
Isla Santa Cruz 373
Islas Plazas 380
Islas Seymour & Mosquera 380
Islas Daphne 381
Isla Santa Fe 381
Isla San Cristobal 381
Isla Espanola 384
Isla Santa Maria 384
Isla San Salvador 386
Isla Bartolome 386
Sombrero Chino 387
Isla Rabida 387
Isla Genovesa 387
Islas Marchena & Pinta 388
Isla Isabela 388
Isla Fernandina 390
Other Islands 390
Language 391
Glossary 398
Thanks 399
Index 407
Text 407
Boxed Text 415
Map Legend
Metric Conversion
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