Cultural Places in Ecuador

What is a visit to a new country if you don't slow down and learn something about its history — preferably whilst engaging with its people? The answer: it's a missed opportunity. Ecuadorian culture is incredibly interesting and diverse. The nation's culture is a mixture of Andean, Incan, indigenous Amazonian, and Spanish influences. The past remains more than alive in the present, and it flows through the blood of Ecuador's people.

Cuenca Ecuador
Cuenca

Southern Sierra

To explore the profound spirituality of Cuenca, visit churches like the Church of El Carmen Asunción and Iglesia San Sebastian. These are some of the oldest and most famous churches in the area.

Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo

Northern Sierra

Some of the Otavalo market is devoted to trinkets and souvenirs, as well as genuine Andean textiles, woven on looms and made colorful with natural dyes. Sweaters and tapestries are popular purchases here, as are necklaces made from gold beads or polished palm nuts. This is also the place to go to try authentic Ecuadorian food — in addition to lots of produce, you'll also find stalls piled high with freshly baked treats.