Ecuador sits astride the Equator, where its relatively tiny size belies its staggering geographical diversity, from a battalion of snow-smothered Andean volcanic peaks to luscious Amazon rainforests. The wild Pacific beaches, unjustly neglected, are fringed with exuberant vegetation pulsating with wildlife. The Galapagos Islands, which also form part of Ecuador’s territory, are located a couple of hours flight from Ecuador's coast.
Mainland Ecuador is compact and easy to get around. Roads are invariably scenic and journeys are of a comfortable length. Short domestic flights and a recently refurbished railway complete the transport network. Often overlooked by people rushing to and from the Galapagos Islands, those who take the time to explore Ecuador are rewarded by a dramatically beautiful country that never fails to surprise and charm its visitors.
Ecuador is one of the continent’s most traditional countries; there’s a strong indigenous tradition in the highland villages, with cottage crafts and hand-woven textiles piled high in the lively markets and Quito is arguably one of the most impressive colonial cities on the continent. Ecuador is wonderful for those looking to take part in outdoor activities, visit local communities, enjoy breathtaking nature and relax in lovely country farms or haciendas in exquisite scenery.
Experience Ecuador on its own or combine it with a Galapagos Cruise.