Category: Ecuador

Thinking about a trip to Ecuador?

Here's your chance to discover all that this small but diverse country has to offer, from the comfort of your own living room. As you tour our pages, you'll find everything from well-known tourist destinations, like the Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus in Quito, to little-known gems, like the Pyramids of Cochasquí in the Ecuadorian Sierra.

Not Your Average American has explored city streets and back roads, high mountains and sandy coast, jungle rivers and the wild islands of the Galapagos. We share our experience - good and bad - in hopes that you might want to venture south and plan your next vacation in Ecuador.

Our articles are honest because we want to develop a relationship of trust between you, the reader, and ourselves, the writers. We work hard to build excellent relationships with small business owners in Ecuador. That means being upfront about the expectations of the American traveler. And it means telling American travelers the truths about tourism in Ecuador.

We will not tell you that you can have a luxury vacation on a cheap budget. We will tell you how to get the most value out of your Ecuadorian experience. And the first step in that direction is to learn about this wonderful country you are considering visiting in the flesh.

La Sierra

La Sierra runs the spine of the Ecuadorian Andes, from the far northern border with Colombia to the southern border with Peru. This region is famous for its diversity of unique Andean cultures, delicious home-style cooking, and stunning countryside.
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El Oriente

El Oriente, or Amazon Basin, is famous for its subtropical jungles, its myriad of waterways, and for adventure sports. With few big cities, the Oriente requires a tourist to have a sense of adventure and be willing to dispense with luxury but not comfort.
  • El Oriente

La Costa

La Costa, or the Coast, begins where the Andean foothills give way to the Pacific Coast, encompassing wild places like the Chocó Darién Conservation Corridor as well as thousands of small farms which grow bananas, coffee, and chocolate.  
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