It’s always a great idea to travel to some of the best places in one continent for your next adventure. South America is no different as it has some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world. Ecuador is just one of the few destinations in South America where you can begin your adventure. So if you want to fill your Instagram feed with beautiful scenery, Ecuador is a great place to start.
The country is filled with indigenous cultures, ethereal landscapes, and magnificent colonial architecture. Other than the scenic views, one can do so many things when visiting the cities, parks, and local communities. With all the amazing places you can go to, you should never miss out on capturing the moment.
Below are our picks for the five most Instagrammable places you can visit in Ecuador.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is the second biggest city in the country. It is also the highest capital city in the world since it is located 2,800 meters above sea level. With its sheer immensity, there are countless sites to venture to for those perfect Instagram shots.
The Basilica De Voto Nacional is a breathtaking Roman Catholic church located at the heart of Quito. The center of the city is where you can visit its historical center, which is also a World Cultural Heritage Site. Besides these, you can try and drop by the Mitad Del Mundo or “Middle of the World” and visit the Museo Intiñan to learn and experience more about local culture and customs.
Guayaquil is another must-visit place for your picturesque adventure. It is known as the largest city in Ecuador and is the home of the country’s second busiest airport and has the only connection to the Galapagos Islands. Here, you can capture moments with different animals along with the sublime scenery of the volcanic landscape.
You can also take a bus from its major terminal to go to Peru and see more of the beauty of South America. If you want to go through the “Sun’s Route” and see the coast from Salinas to Manta, then this is the place to go.
Staying in Guayaquil means the chance to witness the majestic Mount Chimborazo on a clear day. Mount Chimborazo is an Andean stratovolcano that is 90 miles away from the port city. It is the highest point of Ecuador and the closest point to the stars on the planet due to the Earth’s equatorial bulge.
There’s not much variation in daylight hours nor noticeable changes in seasons in Ecuador, which allows visitors to climb Mount Chimborazo all year long. This towering volcano is a great addition to any collection of photos. Have a simple snap of it is enough to make your Instagram followers feel awe and amazement with its sheer size and beauty.
Cotopaxi National Park
Once you’re done roaming around Quito, you can make a day trip to Cotopaxi National Park. Staying here overnight gives you the chance to witness sublime early morning and afternoon views of the volcano.
You can also hike to the Laguna Limpiopungo, a seasonal lake that increases in size when the rainy season arrives. This part of the park is the home of Andean Gulls that can be seen year-round. There are also hummingbirds that you can observe while going about the trail, along with many other wildlife.
For more majestic shots for your Instagram grid, take a picture of Cotopaxi Volcano. You can have the clearest views of this sometime around July to October during the dry and windy season.
At Mitad del Mundo, the Pululahua can be seen if you drive further North or hike down to the crater. Pululahua is the Quichua word for fog or “cloud of water.” This collapsed volcano has rich biodiversity and a myriad of geological formations, making it a Geobotanical reserve.
There are over 2,900 endemic species in the Andes, and many can be seen in Pululahua. Here, you can adore the dense tree vegetation rich with ferns, lichens, mosses, and orchids, to name a few. So if you want a more natural look for your feed, Pululahua is the perfect place for capturing breathtaking landscapes.