Quitsato

Ecuador’s most engaging equator monument, thanks to its enormous sundial, which makes full use of the special properties at the centre of the earth.

Oyacachi

Amid forested hills high in the Reserva Cayambe-Coca, a sleepy village famed for its hot springs – a picturesque place for a long, hot soak.

Otavalo Saturday market

One of the most intense, colourful and enjoyable shopping experiences in Ecuador, where you can find everything from dolls and tapestries to a brood of chickens.

Haciendas

Enjoy colonial luxury at several distinguished estates around Otavalo and Cayambe, some of which are still working farms.

Autoferro de Ibarra

A curious bus on rails clattering over the old rail line towards the coast, including the long, precarious bridge over the Ambi gorge.

Helados de paila

Delicious fruity sorbet made in huge copper pans or pailas, a speciality of the relaxed and attractive provincial capital of Ibarra.

Cementerio de Tulcán

The extraordinary topiary gardens are an unexpected delight in an otherwise drab border town.

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