ECUADOR DESTINATION GUIDE
Although Ecuador is one of South America’s smallest countries it is the perfect snapshot of everything that makes this continent so truly unique and special. Nowhere else on earth will you find so much natural diversity. It is a nature lovers dream from the exotic flowers and fauna to the birds, animals and landscapes.
There are four regions to be found in this one small country; the Galapagos Islands, Pacific coast, Andes mountain range and the Amazonian rainforest. It is possible to take in all these amazing and varying sceneries in one day, albeit a busy one. Wake up in an Amazonian lodge and travel through the Andean highlands passing by volcanoes and tropical cloud forests before arriving at the balmy Pacific coast.
Ecuador boasts two Unesco World Heritage sites with its enchanting capital city of Quito and further south the picturesque colonial city of Cuenca. Ethnically diverse it also has a rich indigenous culture and heritage where many people still wear traditional dress.
It is the one of the most megadiverse countries on the globe. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 1640 species found there which is the world record per sq. metre. It is also renowned for its multitude of volcanoes and having the world’s tallest active one as well as a whole avenue of them.
The scenery is spectacular and there is so much for the visitor to do and see here including Inca ruins, bustling Indian markets, trekking, horse riding and other active sports. The highlands enjoy a spring like climate all year round making it a pleasant tourist destination. A trip to the jungle should not be missed as it offers a wonderful and unforgettable opportunity to explore the rivers and flooded forest of the world's largest rainforest.
Sustainable tourism is becoming more prevalent in Ecuador with conservation and responsible tourism being practised and lots of projects providing the visitor with the chance to see this in action.
There is something for everyone here and although many visitors use it solely as a gateway to the Galapagos this exciting destination should not be overlooked.