Surrounded by Columbia and Peru, Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America. Don't let its size fool you, though. While it may not have as many square miles as its larger neighbors, Ecuador is packed with formidable volcanoes, beautiful beaches and historic cities. Without a doubt, there is plenty in Ecuador to keep you occupied your entire trip. With the wide variety of vacation homes cropping up all over the country, you can now enjoy Ecuador in style and comfort.
You won't want to miss Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. This colonial gem was founded on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, which provides it with more than its fair share of fascinating history. In addition to the museums detailing the social and economic history of both Quito and Ecuador, you can also visit the middle of the world, or the Mitad del Mundo, where the ancient Incas claimed the dead center of the world was. Today, thanks to increases in technology, we now know those ancient scientists were incredibly only a few hundred feet away from the true site.
To see another side of Ecuador, leave the marvels of Quinto and find a vacation rental near Baños. Not only is this the ideal city for taking a jungle tour of the Ecuadorian Amazon, but it's also fantastic for coming face to face with one of nature's more intimidating creations: the volcano. Tungurahua has frequent, but small, eruptions of ash and smoke, making it the perfect volcano for those who want a little heart-pounding adventure without a high risk factor. The active volcano also produces a number of hot springs in the area, which are perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating.