Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and main port, is located on Ecuador's west coast. Guayaquil's international airport, Jose Joaquin de Olmedo (GYE), is one of the two airports that has daily flights to the Galapagos Islands. Guayaquil is Ecuador's center for business and manufacturing industries. One of Guayaquil's main attractions, the Malecon 2000, is a boardwalk that stretches about a mile and a half along the Guayas River and offers attractions such as museums, restaurants, fountains, shopping and more.
Quito, Ecuador's capital and second largest city, is located in the central, Andean region of Ecuador and sits at an elevation of over 9,000 feet. The city center is located just south of the Equator, and the famous Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument is located just outside the city. Quito's international airport, Mariscal Sucre (UIO), is one of the two airports that has daily flights to the Galapagos Islands. Quito's historical center is one of the largest and least-altered colonial centers in the Americas and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Cuenca is Ecuador's third largest city and is located in the south-central Andean region of the country. Similar to Quito, Cuenca has a fantastic historical center full of colonial architecture which was also named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Cuenca's airport, Mariscal Lamar (CUE), has both international and national daily flights.
Otavalo is a largely indigenous town located in central, Andean region of Ecuador. The town's population is about 50,000 and it is surrounded by various mountain and volcano peaks. Otavalo has become a popular tourist stop as it has one of the largest artisan markets in the Americas with a variety handmade crafts ranging from ponchos to hand-painted dishes, to the famous Panama hat.