Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

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Lonely Planet’s Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Surf at Montanita, climb El Altar, and ride the TeleferiQo; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ecuador & the Galapagos and begin your journey now!


Inside Lonely Planet’s Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Travel Guide: 

Up-to-date information - all businesses were rechecked before publication to ensure they are still open after 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak

NEW top experiences feature - a visually inspiring collection of Ecuador & the Galapagos Island’s best experiences and where to have them

NEW pull-out, passport-size 'Just Landed' card with wi-fi, ATM and transport info - all you need for a smooth journey from airport to hotel

Color maps and images throughout

Highlightsand itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

Essential infoat your fingertips - hours of operation, websites, transit tips, prices

Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics

Over 60 maps 

Covers Quito, Northern Highlands, Central Highlands, Cuenca & the Southern Highlands, The Oriente, North Coast & Lowlands, South Coast, The Galapagos Islands


The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’sEcuador & the Galapagos Islands, our most comprehensive guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787018259
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Publication date: 05/10/2022
Series: Travel Guide Series
Edition description: 12th ed.
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 91,136
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Ecuador 4

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Map 6

Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands' Top Experiences 8

Need to Know 22

Month by Month 24

Itineraries 28

Ecuador Outdoors 34

Galapagos Planning 41

Regions at a Glance 50

On the Road

Quito 54

La Mitad del Mundo 97

Volcán Pululahua 99

Northern Highlands 100

Cayambe 102

Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca 103

Oyacachi 103

Otavalo 103

Reserva Ecológica Cotacacrii-Cayapas 114

Ibarra 115

La Esperanza 118

Intag Valley 119

Northern Carchi 121

Reserva Biológica Guandera 121

Ei Ángel 122

Tulcán 122

Western Andean Slopes 124

Mindo 124

Cloud Forest

Reserves & Lodges 130

Central Highlands 132

Machachi & Aloasí 133

Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas 136

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi 137

Latacunga 140

The Quilotoa Loop 144

Ambato 149

Baños 153

Ruta de las Cascadas 159

Parque Nacional Sangay 161

Guaranda 162

Salinas 163

Volcán Chimborazo 164

Riobamba 166

Laguna de Colta 170

Guamote 171

Alausi 171

Cuenca & The Southern Highlands 173

Cuenca 176

Parque Nacional Podocarpus 199

Zamora 201

Viicabamba 202

Zumba & the Peruvian Border 206

Catacocha 206

Macará & the Peruvian Border 207

The Oriente 208

The Northern Oriente 209

From Quito to Lago Agrio 209

Lago Agrio 215

Reserva Productión Faunistica Cuyabeno 216

Coca 218

Vía Auca 220

Lower Río Napo 221

Parque Nacional Yasuní 227

Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo Galeras 227

Cotundo & Archidona 228

Tena 229

Misahuallí 234

Upper Río Napo 236

Puyo 239

The Southern Orienie 243

Macas 243

Sucúa 245

Gualaquiza 246

Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve 247

North Coast & Lowlands 248

Western Lowlands 250

Quito to Santo Domingo de Los Colorados 250

Santo Domingo de Los Colorados 250

The North Coast 251

San Lorenzo 252

San Miguel 253

Playa de Oro 254

Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas 255

Esmeraldas 255

Atacames 257

Tonsupa 259

Súa 259

Same & Tonchigüe 260

Corredor Turistico Galera-San Francisco 261

Muisne 261

Mompiche 262

Isla Portete 264

Cojimíes 264

Canoa 264

Bahía de Caráquez 266

Manta 269

Montecristi 271

South Coast 272

Guayaquil 274

Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco 289

Ruta Spondylus 290

Puerto López 290

Parque Nacional Machalilla 292

Salango, Las Tunas & Ayampe 294

Olón 295

Montañita 296

Santa Elena Peninsula to Guayaquil 299

Salinas 300

Playas 303

South of Guayaquil 303

Reserva Ecológica Manglares Churute 303

Machala 304

Puerto Bolívar & Jambelí 305

Zaruma 306

Peru via Huaquillas 307

The Galápagos Islands 309

Isla Santa Cruz 310

Puerto Ayora 313

Around Isla Santa Cruz 320

Islas Seymour & Mosquera 320

Islas Plazas 321

Islas Daphne 321

Isla Santa Fé (Barrington) 321

Isla San Cristóbal 321

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 323

Isla Isabels 328

Puerto Villamil 330

Isla Fernandina 334

Isla Santiago 334

Around Isla Santiago 335

Isla Bartolomé 335

Isla Sombrero Chino 335

Isla Rabida (Jervis) 335

Southern Islands 335

Isla Floreana 335

Isla Española (Hood) 336

Northern Islands 337

Isla Genovesa (Tower) 337

Islas Marchena (Bindloe) & Pinta (Abington) 337

Isla Wolf (Wenman) & sla Darwin (Culpepper) 338


History 358

Indigenous Ecuador 368

Arts & Music 370

The Natural World 373

Ecuadorian Cuisine 379

Survival Guide

Directory A-Z 382

Transportation 391

Language 397

Index 405

Map Legend 414

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