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March 27, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Featuring the highest active volcanoes in the world, the greatest concentration of species by area, white sand beaches and the breathtaking Galapagos Islands are just a few reasons why Ecuador received recognition as the “Green Destination of the World for 2013,” by the World Travel Awards.

According to the World Travel Awards,Ecuador is also considered the number one destination to visit in Latin America and the seventh must-visit place in the world in 2014.

“We’re excited and welcome visitors to Ecuador to explore our country’s rich landscape,” announced experts from The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador.

From environmental and biological diversity, entertainment and adventure, Ecuador offers something for every traveler. Considered a year-round destination, tourists can explore the Andes Mountains, relax under the dense canopies of the Amazon, sight-see along the beaches of the Pacific Coast or observe the Natural Heritage of Humanity site of the Galapagos Islands.UHR 2 Article-Banners-250-x-250-pixels

Other recognitions identify sites such as Cuenca as the Best Destination for Retirement during the past five years, according toInternational Living, and now as the Adventure Site for 2014; the Galapagos Islands as the Safest Bet for Surfing, according toSurfline.com; and the Quilotoa as one of the most beautiful volcanic lakes on the planet, according to TwistedShifter.com.

While ensuring the protection of its natural wonders, Ecuador has also made considerable progress in connecting roadways, attracting direct commercial airline flights from around the world and continues to operate the Tren Crucero (Cruise Train) – a revived, century-old locomotive built to connect the Ecuadorian cities of Quito and Guayaquil.

When traveling to Ecuador, a direct flight out of Miami runs just over four hours making it the perfect long weekend getaway vacation. Direct flights are also available to Ecuador from major U.S. metropolitan areas like Atlanta and New York. Considered a year-round destination, seasons in Ecuador greatly depend on the region you’re visiting. In the capital city of Quito, situated at the northernmost base of the Andes, June to September visitors should expect sunny, clear skies.

Upcoming festivities in Ecuador include Juveniles of July on The Galapagos Islands where courtship and mating of the island’s native species occur. Also in June, harkening back to an Andean ancestral ritual, locals celebrate Inti Raymi – a festival celebrating the passage of the sun – around the archaeological site of Cochasique, where traditional music and clothes are on display.

According to The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador, Ecuador has seen a revival in tourism leading to more than one million foreign visitors in 2012, a growth of 12 percent compared to 2011, which is almost three times that of the global average (an approximate 4 percent growth rate). Better still, in 2013 Ecuador attracted over 1.3 million tourists.

The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador reports that the tourism industry is the county’s fourth most income generator. The Ministry also expects it will rise to third place as it approaches revenues of $1.5 million, ultimately producing more jobs that will positively impact the future of the country and its economy.

What international guides say about Ecuador:
Established insider travel guide Lonely Planet wrote, “Ecuador is small but it possesses an amazing variety of marvels.” Meanwhile, Rough Guide, a leading publisher of travel and reference information, said, “Ecuador may be one of the smallest Andean countries, but harbors the most surprising contrast of landscapes. With its incredible biodiversity, amazing historic heritage, marvelous colonial architecture…”

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