Situated in the Northwest corner of South America, the country of Ecuador is a small but dazzling jewel. One of only 17 bio-diverse countries on the planet, Ecuador is rich in exotic plant and animal life and boasts four distinctly diverse geographical regions and ecosystems. From the pristine beaches of Salinas, to the Highlands of La Sierra Foothills, to the Galapagos, to the ancient Amazon tribes, to the Volcano at Chimborazo, Ecuador is a natural and cultural wonder to behold and explore.
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Swim, snorkel, surf or snooze on one of Ecuador’s many fantastic pristine beaches.
Outdoor adventurers can find just about any activity imaginable in abundance. Everything from mountain biking the slopes of the Andes, to white water rafting, to scuba diving, or a visit to the Amazon jungle.
Art lovers can peruse the many fine art and antique galleries throughout the country.
Visit one of the 11 national parks.
Sample some world-class award winning Ecuadoran chocolates from one of the many chocolatiers who have elevated the delicious confection to nothing short of an art form.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Galapagos Islands are known for their wide variety of amazing animals species. Giant Galapagos turtles, blue footed, red footed and masked boobies, flamingos, frigate birds, albatrosses, unique small penguins, non-flying cormorants and 15 different species of finches all grace the islands with their presence.
Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador and also a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers visitors a glimpse of the past with its cobblestone streets, 1500 year old El Sagrario Chapel, and traditional and conservative culture. Many art and antique galleries can be found along the quaint streets of this charming city.
With its world-class hotels, restaurants and shops, Salinas is the place to be for sophisticated sun worshipers and beach lovers who want to bask in style and enjoy the vibrant Ecuadorian nightlife.
The Ingapirca Archaeological Site and La Tolita Archaeological Site provide interesting insight into the lives of the early inhabitants of Ecuador.
Visit Coca, known as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Coca is made up primarily of The Yasuni National Park and the Huarani Reserves. Here visitors will find superbly lush and unspoiled forests dating back to the beginning of time.