Ecuador has the privilege of having 4 different worlds in such a little physical space, which makes it unique worldwide. You can start a day with giant tortoises, visit beautiful beaches, climb active volcanoes and finish the day in the jungle.
Ecuador’s Andean region is approximately 600km long, with elevations ranging from 1,500m above sea level in its subtropical valleys, to 6,000m at its highest volcanic peaks. The variety of microclimates, impressive landscapes and enormous biodiversity, as well as its fascinating indigenous cultures, makes it one of the most visited areas in the country.
Ecuador’s coastal region extends from the western slopes of the Andes down to the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of fertile plains, rolling hills, mangrove forests and stunning beaches along its 2,237km coastline. The coast plays an important role in the country’s economy as well as in its cuisine, delivering tons of seafood on a daily basis. It is also a magnet for extreme sportsmen, with some of the best surf in South America. Kite surfing, paragliding and whale watching are also a huge attraction.
While Ecuador’s eastern borders contain a mere slice of the Amazon (120,000km2), the rainforest here is diverse, with quiet blackwater lagoons, turbulent rivers, dense tree canopies and flooded forests. It is one of the most accessible and traveler-friendly areas of the upper Amazon basin, offering excellent bird watching, canoe excursions, informative walks through the forest, and the opportunity to learn about the Amazon’s unique species.
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most complex and unique oceanic archipelagos on earth. Their geographic isolation, as well as the biodiversity and ecosystems found there, have made them worthy of world recognition.