About Bed & Breakfasts in Ecuador
Accommodation in Ecuador is quite unique in terms of category and offerings. Bed and breakfast properties are no exception. It is very rare to actually find a place categorized as a B&B and such properties are very often to be found as eco lodges, mountain huts, guest houses or 'hostales'. Usually these are traditional Colonial style homes in old cities like Quito and Loja, charming country houses typical for the rainforest areas, rustic huts with very basic facilities, which offer unique experiences close to the wild mountain nature or beachfront mansions at the Pacific coastline.
Ecuador is an enchanting and intriguing country located on the equatorial area of the west cost of South America. It is a true heaven for anthropologists, historians, architects, botanists, ornithologists, ecologists, naturalists. Though not very large, Ecuador boasts a remarkable diversity in culture, architecture and population due to its long and turbulent history. Birthplace of several of the South American civilizations, the country has undergone plenty of changes through the centuries and has been a part of the Inca Empire, has experienced the Colonization, wars for independence, military and democratic government. Ecuador is also one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world in terms of biodiversity. The climate and relief on its territory vary from tropical humid to temperate dry and from pacific coastlines to towering mountain peaks. Here is located the world's highest active volcano Cotopaxi. In Ecuador may be observed 15% of the world's known bird species with 38 species endemic for the Galapagos Islands listed by UNESCO. The historic center of Quito, Ecuador's capital, is also listed by UNESCO because of its magnificent Colonial style architecture. The largest city of the country is Guayaquil. Other notable towns in Ecuador are Loja, Banos, Cuenca, Manta, Mindo, Otavalo and others.