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Honeymoon in Ecuador: What to Visit on Your Ecuador Honeymoon

- By: Rebecca Braak

Ecuador Honeymoon

Embark on an unforgettable honeymoon adventure in Ecuador, a land of extraordinary diversity, nestled in the heart of South America, and voted as the top 25 bucket-list adventures for 2023 by Wanderlust Magazine. Take your partner’s hand and explore its four regions. Each one of them offers a unique blend of relaxation and excitement, perfect for honeymooners seeking a truly fascinating and unforgettable getaway.

The Amazon Rainforest – A Natural Haven for Honeymooners Traveling to Ecuador.

Venture deep into the Amazon rainforest, one of the most biodiverse places on earth, and discover a nature lover’s paradise. Encounter exotic wildlife such as caiman, monkeys, the unique pink dolphin, and some 1,300 bird species in their natural habitat as you explore regions such as Cuyabeno, Napo, Yasuní, and the cloud forest. Hike through the lush rainforest, go on entertaining night walks, soak in refreshing waterfalls, swim in (harmless) piranha lakes, observe wildlife while kayaking, and learn about indigenous communities and their way of life. A visit to Baños, a small city located on the boundary between the mountains and the jungle, offers adrenaline-filled activities like rafting, canyoning, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Unwind with your partner in a traditional lodge, and immerse yourself in the Amazonian culture for a truly authentic experience.

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The Andes Mountains – A Honeymoon filled with Adventure and Culture.

The Andes Mountains, home to snow-capped volcanoes, beautiful peaks, green valleys, and lively Andean towns and villages, are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure. For example, hike up Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, or enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape through bike trips or horseback riding adventures. Other hikes take you to El Pailon del Diablo to admire one of the most powerful waterfalls of Ecuador, Llanganates National Park, known for its breathtaking landscapes and ancient legends, and even Chimborazo Volcano, the highest volcano in Ecuador. Where you can spot amazing animal species such as the Andean condor, hummingbirds, and the shy Vicuñas.

Couple in an adventure in Cotopaxi.

Couple on a hiking adventure in the Cotopaxi.

Visitors can also explore the colorful indigenous markets in Otavalo, which offer traditional handicrafts, textiles, and local cuisine. The city of Cuenca, known for its colonial architecture and museums, is a great place to experience Ecuadorian culture. Try the local cuisine, talk to its friendly inhabitants, and admire the views of the city from rooftops and viewpoints in the surrounding hills. Other activities include soaking in the natural hot springs of Papallacta – a two-hour drive from Quito – and hiking the stunning Quilotoa crater lake.

Cultural adventures allow travelers to explore the Middle of the World (Mital del Mundo) Monument, Quito’s magical Old Town with some of the most impressive and well-preserved colonial churches, and archeological museums that showcase the rich culture of its people. Foodies can go on a Quito private tour that focuses on local cuisine and traditional recipes. Which even offers the chance to take cooking classes to learn to prepare some of Ecuador’s favorite dishes. However you choose to explore the Ecuadorian highlands, an ample array of activities, explorations, and cultural options will surely guarantee you have a journey like no other, and certainly a honeymoon to remember for years to come.

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Couple admiring the view in Quilotoa crater in Ecuador.

Honeymooners in Quilotoa.

The Ecuadorian Coast – The Perfect Getaway for a Honeymoon Adventure.

Ecuador’s beautiful coastline, with its clear waters and black-sand beaches, is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. Unwind on the beaches of Manabi – a coastal province known for its remarkable beaches and amazing local cuisine. Indulge in a range of activities such as swimming, snorkeling in Isla de la Plata, and whale watching. Walk the bustling streets of Puerto Lopez, and other local towns and villages, stop at mind-blowing restaurants and enjoy a refreshing smoothie made with fresh local fruits as you observe the sunset on the Pacific horizon. 

Ecuadorian Coast landscape.

Ecuadorian Coast landscape.

The Galapagos Islands – A Honeymooner’s Favorite in Ecuador.

The UNESCO World-Heritage, the Galapagos Islands, is a unique destination off the coast of Ecuador. They are home to stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and rich history. Combining your Ecuador honeymoon with a visit to the Galapagos Islands is certainly a good idea. The best way to visit the Galapagos Islands is either through a cruise or island hopping. A cruise is a popular choice. This is because it allows visitors to see multiple islands and specific locations in a short amount of time and provides an all-inclusive experience. Island hopping, on the other hand, allows visitors to stay on one or a few islands for a longer period, allowing explorers more time to experience the local culture.

Los Tuneles in the Galapagos Islands.

Los Tuneles in the Galapagos Islands.

Cruises and island hopping tours offer a wide variety of activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife watching. Snorkeling and scuba diving allow visitors to see diverse marine life. This includes sea turtles, rays, colorful fish, playful sea lions, and the only penguin north of the equator. Kayaking is a popular way to explore the coastlines. On the other hand, hiking offers the chance to see the unique flora and fauna of the islands up close. Spot Darwin’s finches, land iguanas, giant turtles, and a myriad of native species can only be found in this wonderful destination.

Galapagos Marine Iguana swimming.

Galapagos Marine Iguana.

Some of the most popular locations are Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, and San Cristobal Island. Santa Cruz Island is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where visitors can learn about the islands’ history and conservation efforts. Isabela Island is the largest island in the archipelago and boasts beautiful beaches and the impressive Sierra Negra volcano. Other islands visited may include Floreana, Fernandina, Santa Fe, Española, Bartolome, Santiago, and Rabida. The Galapagos Islands are such a unique destination. This is why conservation efforts and strict regulations ensure that visitors can experience this natural wonder without harming it.

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Ecuador Honeymoon – A Romantic and Adventurous Journey in the Middle of the World. 

Ecuador is a land of incredible diversity, offering something for every type of honeymooner. So, whether you’re seeking adventure, culture, relaxation, or nature, Ecuador has it all for a romantic and thrilling honeymoon. Contact our Destination Experts today and make sure you choose the right adventure for you or check out some of these idyllic tour packages to inspire you. 

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Couple enjoying romantic honeymoon in Quito's old town.

Couple enjoying a romantic honeymoon in Quito’s old town.

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