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Visiting Ecuador surprised us in so many good ways. We visited jaw-dropping waterfalls, conquered our fear of heights on a death-defying tree swing in Banos, grew oddly fond of the unfashionable town of Guayaquil and ticked off a bucket-list item when we visited the Amazon rain forest in a funky eco-lodge.

The Galapagos National Park is still on our list of things to do in Ecuador which is reason enough for us to plan a trip back to South America ASAP. Fortunately flights from the United States to Ecuador seem to get cheaper every year to now is the perfect time to jump on some cheap flights and plan the ultimate trip to Ecuador!

Don't forget to pack the essentials with our ultimate guide to packing for South America.

How to travel from Quito to Ipiales by bus (and Not Die)

Ipiales to Quito, Ecuador is a popular bus route from Colombia to Ecuador. The safest border to cross is Tulcan (Ecuador) / Ipiales (Colombia). We actually travelled from Quito to Ipiales by bus. It’s really simple and can be done in a day. If you stop at Ipiales you must visit the local church which is …

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