Ecuador may be small, but is considered to be among the 17 most diverse countries in the world for its geographical, cultural and biological diversity. It contains 33 protected nature reserves and extensive tropical forests, 1,600 species of birds, 4,500 species of butterfly, 250 species of reptiles, 360 species of amphibians, 260 species of mammals, 27 different ethnic backgrounds, 13 recognised indigenous groups and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the City of Quito, Galapagos Islands, Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca and Sangay National Park.
An Ecuador tour will reflect this compact diversity. From mangrove coastlines and sweeping beaches along the Pacific coast, up to some of the highest peaks in the South American Andes where dazzling glaciers cling to the volcanic peaks and Quichua-speaking communities retain many of their traditional customs. Continuing east, the mountains gradually give way to cloud forest, and finally the mighty Amazon Basin itself, home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, as well as uncontacted indigenous tribes.
And of course there are the Galapagos Islands, nature’s wonderland of wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution ... a must-see as part of any travel to Ecuador.
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Limited time in Quito but enjoyed it. Boutique Hotel was part of my Galapagos cruise and was a great place to stay. The chef in the restaurant downstairs was awesome: Nerine
Loved Quito and esp the Galapagos Islands: Brian