Travel to South America: Spotlight on Ecuador (VIDEO)

Galapagos Islands iguanas

The tiny South American country of Ecuador is placing a bit bet on the Superbowl this year. As recently reported by Yahoo Travel, Ecuador is spending $3.8 million on a 30-second advertisement showing off its tourism riches- from the Galapagos Islands to Quito. “Ecuador will be making history by becoming the first foreign country to have a tourism commercial during the Super Bowl,” explains Yahoo. The American market is the second largest (after Colombia) and the country is investing heavily in tourism infrastructure.

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In other travel news out of Ecuador, it’s been announced that Quito’s notorious Garcia Moreno jail will be transformed into a luxury hotel. Overlooking the colonial city, the old prison was first inaugurated in 1875 and was closed definitely last April. This is not the first time that a prison has been converted into a hotel (there’s the Liberty in Boston, and another one in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay).

Image: Iguanas on the Galapagos Islands via Wikipedia/ Marc Figueras

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