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Ecuador

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Ecuador, a country on the equator, has quite a varied landscape, from the volcanic islands and sparkling turquoise waters of the Galapagos Islands, to snow covered volcanoes in the Andes, rain forests and tropical rivers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Travel through the Galapagos is a definite "must see," favorite with adults and kids alike.
  Quito
    The Andes (The North)
    The Amazon
   

Galapagos Islands

   

Fun food

     

Kids will love the French fries – they are made fresh from the delicious local potatoes (potatoes originated in the Andes). For drinks, try the local soft drink, FlorAvanti, and fresh orange juice. Ice cream in fruit flavors such as coconut and pineapple are good. Sample the wide variety of tropical fruits, large papayas, guavas, passion fruit, mangos, local bananas.

   

Shopping

     

Ecuador is a shoppers paradise, with tons of stuff for kids. Look for painted wooden animals such as parrots and toucans, Andean flutes and drums, CDs of Andean music, pottery figurines, dolls, handwoven sweaters and ponchos, silver and beaded jewelry, miniature fluffy llamas.

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We hadn't a clue about chumbi belts or blue-footed boobies before we went to Ecuador, and combining the Andrean Highlands with the Galapagos Islands is a trip that will stay with your kids forever.

Here's our editors' choice for Ecuador family tours, with itineraries that offer travel with other families, knowledgeable guides, and a kid-friendly balance of organized activities and the freedom to explore. Whether it's hiking in the rain forest, visiting a traditional market, observing awesome wildlife up close, these tour companies will arrange an unforgettable trip to Ecuador:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
    Thomson Family Adventures
    South American Family Vacations
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childrens books ecuador Island: A Story of the Galapagos  

Discover the amazing plants and animals that live here on the Galapagos Islands, and nowhere else on earth. Close-up illustrations, from the birth of a volcanic island to the marine iguanas, penguins, frigate birds, tortoises, as they evolve on the islands over millions of years, capture the wonder of the Galapagos. (Picture book)

 

     
La Reina Trotamundos en Ecuador
Montse Ganges, Pep Montserrat

Go with the world-traveling reina (queen) and her flying horse to Ecuador, flying over volcanoes, exploring the jungle, tasting spicy food, watching a fiesta in Quito, and admiring all the unusual animals in the Galapagos. In Spanish. (Picture book)

 

 
La Reina Trotamundos en Ecuador kids
     
 Ecuador country facts kids books non-fiction  
Ecuador
JoAnn Milivojevic

Get to know the people and places of Ecuador – mountains, volcanoes, jungles, and islands, amazing plant and animal life, ancient cultures, including the Incas, Spanish conquest and independence, daily life, arts and crafts, sports, food and festivals. (Chapter book, photographs)

 

(More children's books on other Ecuador pages)
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