From jungle mysteries to breath taking Andean heights to vast Pacific grandeur, Ecuador is one of the most fascinating places on earth. Last Fall, Joey Wolffer, Styleliner founder and creator of her famously coveted cross-body bag took to discovering the beauty that Ecuador had to offer.
Here’s a list of her top 3 reasons why Ecuador should be next on your vacation hit list.
1. Otavalo Market. Set in a tiny town in the Otavalo Valley, it’s the holy grail of craft markets. Indigenous people from all the surrounding regions bring their crafts into this market every Saturday. They set up a visual feast of hand woven wall hangings, hand woven silk Ikats, alpaca ponchos and beautifully printed scarves, to name a few of the stunning items on display. One can easily get lost for hours lost in the beauty of the craftsmanship and the friendliness of the merchants. My favorite thing I bought was ____.
2. Outdoor activities. Most people think of only the Galapagos when they think of Ecuador. But that’s a mistake! While I was there, I went paragliding off a 12,000 ft. mountain, rode horses right after a massive thunderstorm and hiked amongst acres of tall grass, cows, pigs. It’s incredible varied terrain and amazing biodiversity can be experienced on and off the Galapgos.
3. The People. Ecuadoreans are some of the nicest and kindest people I’ve ever met. They are incredibly creative, work very hard, and always have a welcoming smile on their face. Whether it was explaining their mastery of weaving, or sharing a nice dish of chicken feet, I felt an immediate closeness and connection.