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Ecuador shares its border with the other South American countries of Colombia and Peru, and the Pacific Ocean lies at its feet to the west. It’s a relatively small country, but for what it lacks in square footage, it makes up for in diversity. There are four zones dividing up the country: the Andes mountains, the Amazon jungle, the Pacific Coast, and the Galápagos Islands. The cornucopia of plant and animal life beckon you to explore this diverse country. Observe just-hatched turtles in Tortuga Bay, or maybe you would prefer to travel through the Amazon Rainforest and try to snap a photo of the native black caiman. Guayaquil’s unofficial Jurassic park is crawling with iguanas and Quito’s botanical garden offers a delight for the senses. The Galápagos Islands are a wonder of nature, with so much biodiversity that it makes your head spin. Diving in the Galápagos Marine Reserve is a must, and watching the sunset from any of these magical islands would be an unforgettable experience.
An assortment of geographical regions presents an enjoyable challenge to see all this equatorial country has to offer. Nearly half of its land mass is considered part of the Amazon Rainforest, so there are abundant opportunities to get closer to nature: travel down the river in a traditional canoe, observe the splendor of hummingbirds, or take a trek through the jungle. Located in the Andes Mountains is Ecuador’s highest peak, an inactive volcano peppered with glaciers. Mount Chimborazo is the closest thing on the earth’s surface to the sun, due to a natural bulge along the equator. Soak up the sun along any of the 1,398 miles of coastline or take advantage of some great surfing spots. Ecuador’s hot and humid climate makes for steady waves year-round.
The capital city of Quito received UNESCO’s honor of best-preserved city center. The Spanish took it for their own in 1534, but the Quitu people had been living in the volcano-encircled valley for centuries. Stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres 15 mi north of Quito. To the south, the Guayas River leads to Ecuador’s largest seaport and its largest city: Guayaquil. The colonial architecture transports you to the past, while the many restaurants and shops bring you back to the present. Throughout the rest of the country, keep an eye out for splendid native markets, exquisite food, and intriguing archaeological sites.
The diverse facets of Ecuador are a balance of settlement and primal wilderness, of adventure and tranquility, all packed into a compact yet culturally-rich country.