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10 Fun Things to do with Kids in Ecuador

 I am delighted to be taking part of Multicultural Kid Blogs’ Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway. Today I’m sharing 10 Fun Things to do with Kids in Ecuador. Ecuador’s natural beauty and incredible biodiversity make it a great place to visit with kids… families can explore the coast, the Andean region and the Amazon too! There are quite a number of fun activities to do in every region… Sometimes, the simplest things will be the ones your kids will enjoy the most and remember. For my son, it was when he ran into the beach (clothes and all!) in Montañita and when he watched the street vendors make “salchipapas” from scratch. My advice is to let your kids experience Ecuador (and any other place!) using all their senses! I’ve picked the places I think will spark their curiosity and where they will learn as well!

Here are 10 fun things to do with kids in Ecuador:

1. Visit La Carolina Park in Quito.  

You can bike, rent boats, visit playgrounds, Carolina park is about three miles big! So there’s definitely a lot to discover!

Parque La_Carolina_8 By H3kt0r (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

2. Visit el Parque Histórico Guayaquil.

3. Ride the Teleférico in Quito. 

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4. Check out the iguanas in Guayaquil. 

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Photo credit: Flickr/oskay 

5. Ride the Swing at the end of the world. 

For all you adventurous families out there… this looks awesome…. for those of you like me that prefer something a bit less thrilling, the view is spectacular and a great place to take pics!

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Photo credit: Flickr/wurglitsch

6. Stand on the equator. Kids have read about it in books, but how much fun is it to say “I stood on both hemispheres?” (I did it, so much fun!)

Proyecto Ecuador Travel, Ministerio de Turismo.

7. Visit Ingapirca. Incan ruins… what a great way to explore history, pre-colonial times.. better than any lesson in a history book!

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Delphine Ménard [CC BY-SA 2.0 fr or CC BY-SA 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

8. Shop the markets in Otavalo. This is an experience that heightens all the senses! There are vibrant  colors, smells, different fabrics, things to taste! It’s so wonderful! You can give your children money and have them choose their special souvenir.

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By David Adam Kess (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

9. Visit the Malecón Simon Bolivar. 

Simon Bolivar is perhaps one of the greatest men in Latin American history, and chances are your kids won’t learn about him in history books. Simon Bolivar, called El Libertador (the Liberator) was responsible for freeing some colonies from Spanish rule. The Malecón stretches along the river and has plenty for kids to love: parks, statues and trains to climb and even an IMAX theater! At the end, you can climb the Cerro Santa Ana and see a panoramic view of the city (this might be better for older kids because there are over 200 steps!) 10160201663_9c7597991d_k

Photo credit:Flickr/michaelmullerc
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Photo credit: Jose Dimitrakis, Tourism office Guayaquil 

10. La Ruta de Spondylus 

Beaches, whale or bird watching, eating fresh fish, visiting national parks and so much more– the Ruta de Spondylus (formerly known as the Ruta del Sol) stretches down the Coast of Ecuador and is full of beautiful beaches and fun activities for kids and adults! We went and had a blast!

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Looking for more ideas on where to go when you visit Ecuador? Check out my Ecuador Bucket List here. 

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Fun things to do with kids in Ecuador
Proyecto Ecuador Travel, Ministerio de Turismo.

 

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Diana Limongi
welcome! I'm a Latina working mom from Astoria, NY, mom to a trilingual four-year old. I blog about motherhood, Latino issues, women's issues, work/life balance, food, parenting and raising my multilingual and multicultural son!

3 Comments

  1. I would go just to check out the iguanas! I think it would even be awesome to just live in Ecuador for a little while. It looks like there are a lot of fun and entertaining things to do there. Thanks for the awesome article.

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