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Travel to Ecuador

What Ecuador lacks in geographical size, it makes up for in biodiversity and culture. South America’s second-smallest Andean country is packed with natural and wildlife wonders, including the Galapagos Islands, Amazon rainforest and the almost 6000m-high Cotopaxi volcano. Ecuador has more than 1600 recorded bird species and 300 mammals – more than that of North America and Europe combined. Its cultural diversity is as varied as the natural landscapes: Ecuador is home more than 10 indigenous groups, European colonial influence, a significant Afro-Ecuadorian population and, more recently, Asian immigrants. In Otavalo, you’ll find the largest market for indigenous crafts and artisans – bartering with local vendors is encouraged. Or visit the Inca Ruins in Ingapirca. The capital, Quito, blends old and new – here you’ll find ornate Catholic cathedrals, colourful flower and craft markets and stately plazas. The city’s foundations date back to the 16th century but have been rebuilt many times after devastating earthquakes. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the Tren Crucero through the Andes to the Pacific Ocean: this swanky old train lumbers through each of the country’s diverse ecosystems and can prove a relaxing way to see Ecuador. Or for a faster pace, go white-water rafting on the jungle-lined Napo River, stop to cast a line in a laid-back fishing village, or hike the Andes and camp overnight in quiet highland villages along the Quilotoa Loop. The Shalala viewpoint is breathtaking, as are the country’s many other natural spectacles, including Cayambe Coca National Park or the hot springs at Termas de Papallacta. Best for: Active Travellers; Backpackers/Budget Travel; Eco Travellers; Nature Lovers; Voluntourists

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Visit Ecuador

A pint-sized country that packs a diverse punch


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