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Ecuador is also an easy country to travel in. Not only are the distances between attractions short by South American standards, but it's a well-developed country with modern infrastructure and good roads. To make matters even easier, Ecuador uses the US dollar as its official currency.
The following is a list of some of our favorite experiences in Ecuador, followed by a few challenges we faced while traveling there.
Mindo and Cloud Forests
Whales and the Coast
Quilotoa Crater and Cotopaxi Volcano
Also, the Amazon region in South America is best navigated by river, not by motorcycle. To get the full Amazon experience, many people hop on boats, whether dug-out canoes to jungle lodges, or passenger ferries to far off places like Iquitos, Peru or Manaus, Brazil. So Tim and I decided that we would most likely do an extensive Amazon journey at a later date when we find the right tour and don't have a motorcycle with us to worry about.
Challenges we faced in Ecuador
No Motorcycles Allowed in National Parks
For its size, there are a remarkable amount of different sights and experiences to be had in Ecuador. When it comes to South American nature and culture, you can get a good taste of whatever it is you're searching for, even Incan ruins which can be found as far north as Quito. Ecuador also has an abundance of different climates, and you can pick and choose your temperature and ecosystem according to your altitude. So if you want to experience South America in a reliable and user-friendly way, Ecuador is the country to come to.