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Ecuador

Ecuador
Ecuador, best known for the Galapagos Islands, has its own attractions and should not be overlooked for a holiday or a honeymoon. It is one of the safest countries in South America, and one of the smallest. This compact little country is a fascinating place to visit. Its mainland can be broken up into three geographical regions; The Pacific coastal plain, the Andean mountain range and Ecuadorian Amazonia.

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The Andean mountains cut through the country forming enormous valleys and are home to tribes of indigenous Indians that still maintain their way of life. The Amazon, or what is known as ‘El Oriente’, is a hot and humid area with a maze of rivers and creeks weaving through it.
 
Throughout the country you will find a wealth animals and plants, with, 1,600 species of bird, 1,000 fish, 680 reptiles and amphibians, 230 mammals and more than 20,000 species of plant.
In short Ecuador is a stable country offering diverse local markets, snow capped volcanoes, quaint colonial towns, Inca ruins and an untapped Amazon region. It also offers some of the best accommodation on the continent in the form of haciendas and trips can be provided staying purely within this Old Spanish world.
Undoubtedly Ecuador’s most beautiful city and designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1999. Encompassed by fertile valleys, this colonial town is ideal for exploring on foot. Narrow cobbled streets, quiet plaza’s, 19th century architecture and domed churches make it a charming step back in time.
Geographic diversity leads to biological diversity and Ecuador is definitely the proof with over 1,600 bird species, more frog and orchid species than any other country and almost all of these can be found with the Mindo Cloudforest.
Situated north of Quito amongst the Andean foothills, is an area famed for its lakes, national parks and the bustling market town of Otavalo. For centuries, regional markets have played an important role in Indian life, providing regular gathering places for trade and socialising.
South of Quito lies a wild landscape strewn with active volcanoes and the National Parks of Cotapaxi and Chimborazo. Cotapaxi national park is dominated by Mount Cotapaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, soaring to 19,700ft.
Known as El Oriente, the Ecuadorian Amazon is a true rainforest experience. Situated a short distance away from Quito, you have the possibility of spotting giant armadillos, manatees, anacondas, fresh water dolphins and countless monkeys.
Quito is flanked by majestic mountains and snow capped volcanoes and its centre is divided into two. There is a colonial part with baroque facades, wrought iron balconies and cobbled streets that was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978, and the modern district, which has all the hustle and bustle of an Ecuadorian city.
The Galapagos Islands are made up of 19 islands, 13 major and 6 smaller, each originating from undersea volcanoes that erupted over 600 million years ago, now form part of Ecuador’s National Park system.  This is a place like no other.