How Casa Gangotena Enabled the Rise of Ecuador as a Travel Powerhouse

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The Ecuador tourism industry has been growing steadily over the last decade, with more and more visitors flocking to the country to enjoy its stunning scenery, diverse gastronomic fare, and friendly people. One of the main reasons that this small but diverse nation has become a leader in travel is its lovely capital city, Quito. Many novel and unique tourism projects have taken root there, trying to make the most of the city’s distinctive status as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site.

Does staying at Quito’s Historic Center intrigue you?

Proud Leaders in the Hospitality and Tourism industries

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel has had the honor of being a driving force in Ecuador’s tourism industry. Since opening its doors, the hotel has helped make Ecuador one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America.

Casa Gangotena happens to be the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in all of Quito—a distinction that is bestowed on those few highly vetted hotels with a truly noteworthy cultural and gastronomic experience that complements their top-rated accommodations and hospitality.

The hotel’s location is one of its biggest assets. Quito is a beautiful city, full of history and culture. Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel is located right in the middle of it all, making it the perfect base for exploring the city proper, starting with its fabled historic quarter. But that’s not all, it is also a sort of staging ground or home base for exciting and adventurous activities throughout the region and beyond.

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

Why is Quito the ideal gateway to Ecuador?

Founded in the 16th century, Quito was one of the first cities established in the New World. The city’s architecture reflects its colonial roots, with churches and buildings dating back to the Spanish conquest. Quito is also home to many museums and art galleries, making it a perfect destination for history buffs and art lovers alike.

Not only is Quito a fascinating city to explore, but it is also the gateway to some of Ecuador’s most stunning natural attractions. Just a short drive from the city, visitors can find themselves in the middle of the Chocó rainforest or on the slopes of many snow-covered volcanoes that dot the landscape. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Quito is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America!

Natural landscapes at the Chocó rainforest
Natural landscapes at the Chocó rainforest

Its proximity to natural wonders is amplified thanks to Ecuador’s relatively compact size. A short drive to the airport guarantees access to the rest of the country and to its crown jewel: the Galapagos Islands!

One of the things that visitors to Ecuador tend to enjoy is how easy it is to get from one key environment to another. As an example, in the evening, you can delight in Quito’s unique gastronomy; the next morning, you can head out and find yourself in the middle of the rainforest or enjoying the unique Galapagos wildlife by the time the afternoon rolls around.

Peru & Colombia

Similarly, just a short flight away, Ecuador’s neighbors—Colombia and Peru—provide a whole other set of incredible destinations in South America!

Peru is known the world over for its fantastic gastronomy, unbelievable scenery, and ancient sites, perhaps no better illustrated than by its ever-popular ruins of Machu Picchu. Peru is definitely worth your consideration!

Machu Picchu ruins
Machu Picchu ruins

Similarly, Colombia, Ecuador’s neighbor to the north, is home to a diversity of regions that include Cartagena along the Caribbean Coast, the cosmopolitan cities of Medellín and Bogotá, and of course, the quaint and charming valleys of the Coffee Triangle, to name a few.

The other nice thing to keep in mind about Colombia is that it has been growing, transforming, and welcoming more and more visitors from all over. Recently, a forgotten gem, the riverside town of Mompox in the north of the country, has positioned itself as a fascinating destination, not just for its popular jazz festival, but for its pristine Andalucian-inspired architecture and layout.

These are just a few reasons to consider visiting the region and exploring these countries. We can help you plan the ideal trip, so why not talk to one of our destination experts? You’ll be surprised to see just how easy it is to travel between Quito and these other destinations.

Cartagena's Historic Center
Cartagena’s Historic Center

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel has been instrumental in making Ecuador a tourism powerhouse. By offering guests a luxurious and convenient base from which to explore all that this amazing country has to offer, Casa Gangotena has helped put Ecuador on the map as a must-visit destination.
If you’re looking for a unique and memorable travel experience, look no further than Ecuador. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and friendly people, it’s sure to exceed your expectations. And when you’re ready to start planning your trip, consider staying at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel! You’ll be glad you did.

Travelers exploring the unique landscape near Finch Bay, showcasing the luxury experiences offered by the Gangotena Boutique Hotel network in the golden triangle.
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