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Catch Some Waves in Ecuador

With its coastline stretching over 2,237 km, Ecuador has many spectacular beaches where surfing is an all year round activity. Ecuador's mild climate, particularly in the northern regions, along with varying surf conditions, offer options suited to beginner surfers, experts looking for a challenge, and everyone in between. Because surf tourism is vital to the economic wellbeing of communities along the coast, surfers are assured of well-priced accommodation and warm hospitality, as well as expert tuition if needed.

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Birding in El Cajas National Park

Situated in the Ecuadorian highlands, around 30 km west of Cuenca, El Cajas National Park features varied habitats that are home to an amazing variety of bird species, some of which are considered to be endangered by conservationists. Covering an area of more than 285 square kilometers, with altitudes of between 3100 and 4450 meters above sea level, El Cajas was added to Ecuador's list of official National parks in November 1996, and has become a popular destination for birding enthusiasts.

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Take Time Out in Portoviejo

Located on the eastern bank of the Portoviejo River in the Pacific lowlands of Western Ecuador, Portoviejo is the commercial and political hub of the Manabí Province. The fertile areas of the Portoviejo River valley allows for the successful cultivation of a variety of produce, including coffee, onions, peppers, tomatoes, mangoes, bananas and other exotic tropical fruits. In addition to being the economic center for local agriculture and the timber industry, commercial activities in Portoviejo include the manufacture of pillows and mattresses filled with kapok – a type of cotton obtained from the seed pods of the Ceiba pentandra tree.

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Visit the Coastal City of Manta

Located in the Manabí Province of Ecuador, the city of Manta offers modern conveniences and infrastructure along with all the laid-back leisure opportunities of Ecuador's spectacular coastline. In addition to miles and miles of spectacular beaches perfect for surfing, sailing, scuba diving, kitesurfing and other watersports, visitors to Manta will find a variety of accommodation options, restaurants and nightspots, a modern movie theater, a casino, dance clubs, a tennis club and more. With Guayaquil only three hours away, and quaint fishing villages and beautiful beaches to be found north and south along the coastline, holidaymakers can use Manta as a base to explore the surrounding area.

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Plan to Enjoy Ecuador's 2014 Whale Watching Season

Every year several hundred humpback whales migrate from the icy waters of the Antarctic, arriving in the warm waters of Ecuador's coastline between late June and early September. Visitors to Ecuador during whale-watching season should be sure to grab the opportunity to view the spectacle of the courtship rituals of these enormous marine mammals, and even possibly catch a glimpse of newborn calves with their mothers. There are a number of whale-watching destinations along Ecuador's coast, with Puerto Lopez being one of the most popular. Located in southern Manabi, Puerto Lopez offers easy access to Isla de la Plata and the Machalilla National Park, and local tour operators are experts at ensuring visitors get the most out of this amazing experience.

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Discover the Magic of Birding in Ecuador

It is well known in birding circles that Ecuador is one of the world's top bird watching destinations. The variety and vast numbers of exotic birds is astounding and there are many tour packages aimed at helping keen birders to make the most of a visit to this beautiful South American country. The San Jorge Ecolodges and Botanical Reserves offer nature lovers the opportunity to explore nine different eco-systems at their four private nature reserves by means of their 'Magic Birding & Hiking Circuit'. The circuit covers terrain with running rivers, waterfalls and lush vegetation and is home to more than 1,000 species of birds, 60 of which are hummingbirds.

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Spend Some Time Sightseeing in Alausí

Located in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador, Alausí is one of the stops for the Tren Crucero and an interesting town to explore. Many of the buildings in Alausí are more than 100 years old and the town has a number of public parks for locals and visitors to enjoy. One of the more prominent landmarks is the monument of the patron saint of the town, Saint Peter (San Pedro) which can be seen from virtually anywhere in Alausí as it stands at around 14 meters tall upon a high pedestal situated on a hill. An 18th century church constructed from stone transported from the mines of Chiripungo is another landmark visitors should be sure to see when visiting Alausí.

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Enjoy a Journey on the Tren Crucero

Running between Guayaquil and Quito over a distance of 280 miles the Tren Crucero route makes its way through some of Ecuador's most spectacular scenery, allowing passengers to sit back in luxury and simply enjoy the view. The restoration of the railway line is part of the Ecuadorian government's $280 million restoration of the national railway system, and it is anticipated that the Tren Crucero will breathe new life into communities along its route which follows the Andean spine and includes the Avenue of Volcanoes and Nariz del Diablo – the Devil's Nose.

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