Non-Touristy Places To Visit In Ecuador - The Viking Abroad
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Non-Touristy Places To Visit In Ecuador

28 Nov Non-Touristy Places To Visit In Ecuador

You have probably heard of places to visit in Ecuador like The Galapagos Islands, Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca. Here is a list of my favourite none- touristy places to visit in Ecuador for people that have seen it all or if you want to avoid the big crowds. In the beginning of November, there is a long-weekend holiday in Ecuador as well as many other countries in Latin America. This long weekend I decided to go somewhere with my boyfriend and a couple of friends. To avoid the big crowds and a lot of traffic, as well as experiencing something new we decided to explore the Andes area in Ecuador. We decided to start in Riobamba which was the first stop on our journey from Quito. Here is a list of galleries from all of the places we visited.

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Riobamba used to be one of the main cities of the Southern District during the Gran Colombia era. It is famous for its pork and some places you can get ice cream made with ice taken directly from one of the largest mountains in Ecuador Chimborazo. Riobamba has many colonial and old buildings. I must say I am not used to seeing the pork being prepared like this, where you see the nose and teeth at the serving table. However, it is worth the experience and it tastes amazing. You don’t have to eat the head part 😀


Guaranda is my new favorite town in Ecuador. It is so cute and colourful. This friendly city is also known for the annual Carnaval at the end of February. The whole town will be filled with people using homemade masks only made for this day. This charming town is also known for the fantastic ice cream called Helado de Cacho. You can only find this kind of ice-cream in Guaranda.

  • Ally Arrigo
    Posted at 11:50h, 28 November Reply

    Absolutely love this post. Always wanted to visit. xx- Ally

  • Ally Arrigo
    Posted at 11:50h, 28 November Reply

    Absolutely love this post. Always wanted to visit. xx- Ally

  • Tay
    Posted at 12:04h, 28 November Reply

    Wow, love the colorful buildings here, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Ana
    Posted at 12:07h, 28 November Reply

    These places look so magical, looks like you had the best times.
    Lovely post, keep up the great work!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 12:18h, 28 November Reply

      Thank you! yes, the places are truly amazing 🙂

  • Kristin Houser
    Posted at 12:12h, 28 November Reply

    I love the colors on the buildings! Look like an amazing trip. That pork is crazy! You are braver than I am lol. Putting this on our must visit list! Thanks for sharing!

  • hoppie
    Posted at 00:42h, 29 November Reply

    love the photos! I tend to go to non-touristy places too whenever I travel as I think the experiences are better and you definitely can learn more about the place you’re in!


    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:04h, 29 November Reply

      Thank you so much! Yea, you get a completely different experience 🙂

  • Danielle @ Follow My Gut
    Posted at 12:17h, 29 November Reply

    I’ve never been to Ecuador but the way you describe it makes it look so lovely. And you look so happy in all your pictures, I would seriously love to do the same. Hope to visit them after reading this =]

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:31h, 29 November Reply

      Thank you! You should definitely visit one day 😀

  • Michelle
    Posted at 18:56h, 03 December Reply

    I’ve only traveled out of the US twice. It’s on my bucket list.

  • Amber
    Posted at 13:46h, 05 December Reply

    Oh my gosh I love all the brightly colored buildings! And that ice cream looks sooo yummy.


  • Coralee Beaulieu
    Posted at 14:34h, 05 December Reply

    Travelling to South America is high on my bucket list. Thanks for posting these spots as my husband and I usually like to go to some of the smaller, less touristy locations. Cheers

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 14:51h, 05 December Reply

      That is awesome! You should definitely check out those places. Thank you 🙂

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