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Overview

Nobody knows Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands like Lonely Planet. Our 8th edition gives you the tools you need to create your own adventure, whether you want to browse colorful handicrafts at Otavalo's Saturday market, climb active Volcan Cotopaxi, swim with the Galapagos penguins or relax in chilled-out Vilcabamba.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Dedicated Outdoors chapter: hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking Insightful, respectful coverage of Ecuador's rich indigenous cultures Green Index identifies sustainable options

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741048285
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Country Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

On the Road 4

Ecuador Highlights 5

Destination Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands 12

Getting Started 14

Events Calendar 18

Itineraries 20

History 26

The Culture 36

Food & Drink 45

Environment 53

Ecuador Outdoors 61

Galápagos Wildlife Guide 65

Quito 75

History 76

Climate 76

Orientation 76

Information 77

Dangers & Annoyances 79

Sights 79

Activities 93

Old Town Walking Tour 94

Courses 94

Quito for Children 95

Tours 96

Festivals & Events 97

Sleeping 97

Eating 102

Drinking & Entertainment 108

Shopping 110

Getting There & Away 111

Getting Around 113

Around Quito 114

La Mitad del Mundo 114

Rumicucho 116

Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua 116

Calderón 117

Guayllabamba & Around 117

Sangolquí 117

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa 117

Volcán Pichincha 118

Northern Highlands 119

Cochasquí Archaeological Site 121

Cayambe 121

Cayambe to Oyacachi 121

Otavalo 122

Around Otavalo 128

Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas 133

Intag Valley 133

Reserva Biológica Los Cedros 134

San Antonio de Ibarra 135

Ibarra 135

La Esperanza 139

North of Ibarra 140

El Ángel 140

Reserva Biológica Guandera 141

Río Blanco Area 141

Tulcán 141

Western Andean Slopes 145

Cloud Forest Lodges 145

Mindo 146

West of Mindo 149

Central Highlands 151

Machachi & Aloasí 152

The Illinizas 154

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi 155

Latacunga 157

The Quilotoa Loop 161

Ambato 167

Around Ambato 171

Baños 172

From Baños to Puyo 179

Parque Nacional Sangay 180

Guaranda 182

Salinas 184

Volcán Chimborazo184

Riobamba 186

Guano & Santa Teresita 192

South of Riobamba 192

Guamote 192

Alausí 193

Southern Highlands 195

Ingapirca 196

Cañar 197

Biblián 197

Azogues 197

Cuenca 199

Around Cuenca 211

Saraguro 213

Loja 214

Parque Nacional Podocarpus 219

Zamora 221

Vilcabamba 223

Zumba & the Peruvian Border 226

Catamayo & Around 227

Catacocha 227

Macará & the Peruvian Border 228

The Oriente 230

The Northern Oriente 231

From Quito to Lago Agrio 231

Lago Agrio 236

Along Río Aguarico 239

Reserva Producción Faunística Cuyabeno 240

South from Lago Agrio 241

Coca 241

Vía Auca 244

Lower Río Napo 244

Parque Nacional Yasuní 248

Parque Nacional Sumaco-Galeras 249

Parque Nacional Sumaco-Galeras to Tena 249

Tena 250

Misahuallí 254

Upper Río Napo 256

Puyo 258

The Southern Oriente 262

Macas 263

Parque Nacional Sangay 265

Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve 265

The Jungle from Macas 266

Sucúa 267

From Méndez to Limón 267

Gualaquiza 267

From Gualaquiza to Zamora 268

North Coast & Lowlands 269

Western Lowlands 270

Quito to Santo Domingo de Los Colorados 270

Santo Domingo de Los Colorados 272

North of Santo Domingo de Los Colorados 274

South of Santo Domingo de Los Colorados 274

Quevedo 275

The North Coast 275

San Lorenzo 275

Reserva Ecológica de Manglares Cayapas Mataje 277

Limones to La Tola 277

Borbón to San Miguel 278

Playa de Oro 279

Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas 279

The Road to Esmeraldas 281

Esmeraldas 281

Atacames 284

Súa 286

Same & Tonchig&uumlet;e 287

Muisne & Around 288

Mompiche 289

Cojimíes 289

Pedernales 289

Canoa 290

Around Canoa 291

San Vicente 292

Bahía de Caráquez 292

Portoviejo 295

Inland from Portoviejo 296

Crucita Area 296

Manta 296

Montecristi 300

Jipijapa 301

South Coast 302

Ruta Del Sol 303

Parque Nacional Machalilla 303

Puerto López 307

South of Puerto López 310

Olón 311

Montañita 311

Santa Elena Peninsula to Guayaquil 313

La Libertad & Santa Elena 313

Salinas 315

Playas 316

Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco 318

Guayaquil 318

History 319

Orientation 319

Information 319

Dangers & Annoyances 320

Sights & Activities 320

Tours 326

Festivals & Events 327

Sleeping 327

Eating 329

Drinking & Entertainment 331

Shopping 332

Getting There & Away 332

Getting Around 334

South of Guayaquil 334

Reserva Ecológica Manglares Churute 334

Machala 335

Puerto Bolívar & Jambelí 337

Zaruma 338

El Bosque Petrificado Puyango 338

To/from the Peruvian Border 339

The Galápagos Islands 342

Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) 353

Around Isla Santa Cruz 362

Isla San Cristóbal (Chatham) 363

Isla San Salvador (Santiago or James) 369

Around Isla San Salvador 370

Isla Isabela (Albemarle) 371

Isla Fernandina (Narborough) 373

Southern Islands 374

Northern Islands 375

Directory 377

Accommodations 377

Business Hours 379

Children 379

Climate Charts 380

Courses 380

Customs 380

Dangers & Annoyances 380

Discount Cards 382

Embassies & Consulates 382

Food 382

Gay & Lesbian Travelers 382

Holidays 383

Insurance 383

Internet Access 383

Legal Matters 383

Maps 384

Money 384

Photography 385

Post 385

Shopping 385

Solo Travelers 387

Telephone 387

Time 388

Toilets 388

Tourist Information 388

Travelers with Disabilities 388

Visas 389

Volunteering 389

Women Travelers 390

Work 390

Transportation 391

Getting There & Away 391

Entering the Country 391

Air 391

Land 393

River 394

Sea 394

Getting Around 395

Air 395

Bicycle 395

Boat 395

Bus 397

Car & Motorcycle 398

Hitchhiking 400

Local Transportation 400

Tours 400

Train 401

Trucks (Rancheras & Chivas) 401

Health 402

Before You Go 402

Insurance 402

Recommended Vaccinations 402

Medical Checklist 402

In Transit 402

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) 402

Jet Lag & Motion Sickness 403

In Ecuador 403

Availability & Cost of Health Care 403

Infectious Diseases 403

Traveler's Diarrhea 406

Environmental Hazards 406

Traveling with Children 407

Women's Health 407

Language 408

Glossary 415

The Authors 416

Behind the Scenes 418

Index 421

Greendex 431

Map Legend 432

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