Posted November 7, 2013 by Doug Morgan in News

Ecuador Tops Travelzoo’s List of Best Travel Deals for 2014

Swing jumping in Banos
Swing jumping in Banos

While the world economy is beginning to turn around, many travelers are still looking for the best value in their vacations.

Taking a look at travel and tourism trends, Travelzoo released its annual round up of “Wow Deal Destinations” for 2014. And Ecuador ranks at the top of their list of destinations that offer value beyond the ordinary.

Amazon rainforest at sunsetEcuador may be small but it offers an almost unbelievable variety of adventure and cultural travel opportunities, with its megadiverse Amazon rainforests, towering snow-capped volcanoes, sculpted mountain valleys, quaint Spanish-styled colonial towns, and of course, Darwin’s living laboratory: the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is fast becoming an ecotourism mecca due to its abundant national parks and reserves and affordable guided tours.

Travelzoo editors cite the government’s push to promote tourism within the country and roundtrip flights starting at less than $500 as key points to giving Ecuador the #1 spot. They also noted than getting to Ecuador from the U.S. is often 50% cheaper than many overseas locations, even as airfares continue to rise.Basílica del Voto Nacional and south Quito

Travelzoo predicts that Ecuador will work hard to reclaim some of the South American mindshare as travelers focus on neighboring Brazil and World Cup 2014. Quito just won the 2013 World Travel Award as South America’s Leading Destination. And recent airfare sales to Quito and Guayaquil have hovered around $399 roundtrip, said editors, which is less than the cost of some U.S. domestic flights.

“We’ve seen some flight promotions in New York, Chicago and D.C.,” said Gabe Saglie, Travelzoo senior editor. “And the country just came off of investing a quarter million dollars on the rail system, making it easier to see a lot more areas in one trip.”

Doug Morgan

Doug Morgan
Doug has written extensively for such well-known publications as Field & Stream, Saltwater Sportsman, Marlin, and Sport Fishing, as well as The Washington Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal.