Ecuador

Ecuador sits in the Equator between Peru and Columbia, and is the smallest of the Andean nations sitting next to the Pacific Ocean. The mountain range splits Ecuador into the coastal region in the west (Costa) and the Amazon in the east (Oriente), which makes up a third of the county. Quito, the capital, lies in the Andes and at 2850m above sea level is the second highest capital in the world after La Paz. Ecuador is famed for its diverse geography and it is said that you can experience all four seasons in one day and is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth – from the Sierra of the Andes, to Pacific banana and coffee plantations to the upper Amazon basin and its mysterious tropical jungles, still inhabited by Indian tribes.

The natural history of the Galapagos Islands has fascinated visitors since naturist, Charles Darwin arrived in 1845 and formed the theory of evolution here, in this natural wonderland. Here you can see mating turtles, penguins, and a range of rare and exotic species unrivaled in the world.

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