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Ecuador destination

ECUADOR

Ecuador-flagMore than compensating for its little size with a variety of indigenous societies, pioneer design, grand scenes, and thick rainforests, Ecuador is a standout amongst the most captivating countries in South America. Circumscribed by Colombia, Peru, and the Pacific Ocean and no bigger than most US expresses, this delightful nation pulls in climbers, trekkers, globe-trotters, and nature sweethearts to its rich, naturally significant backwoods; untamed life watchers to its renowned Galapagos Islands; and sun searchers to its perfect tropical shorelines. When a piece of both the Inca and later, the Spanish Empires, Ecuador still shows numerous impacts from the two gatherings, most prominently in the rich culture of its kin and the mind blowing pilgrim design of the capital city of Quito, a lot of which has been proclaimed an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Main Tourist Destinations

  • The Galapagos Islands

  • Quito

  • Cuenca

  • Cotopaxi and Cajas National Parks

  • Nariz del Diablo

  • The Beaches of Salinas, Bahia, and Montanita

The Galapagos Islands

galapagosSince their discovery in the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands have intrigued and inspired visitors from around the globe.Named for the giant tortoises on the islands, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a unique ecosystem that largely evolved without outside influences and offers an exceptional opportunity for wildlife viewing.

 

The Galapagos Islands remain one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, and the formation of the islands is still in progress. Most of the 13 large islands, six smaller islands, and 42 islets that make up the Galapagos were declared part of the Galapagos National Park in the 1950s, and visiting this fragile ecosystem can only be undertaken as part of a guided tour to designated visitor sites (there are, however, one or two areas visitors can go without a guide, including some areas popular with scuba divers).

 

The main attraction here are its many bird species of which 28 are unique to the islands, including the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, and waved albatross, and the 13 species of Darwin's famous finches. Hot Tip: Be sure to book a behind-the-scenes visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island