Places in Ecuador. A cozy blend of geographic diversity sits condensed within the relatively compact country of Ecuador.
A cozy blend of geographic diversity sits condensed within the relatively compact country of Ecuador, providing an abundance of dynamic settings to experience nearly all within convenient reach of Quito, the country’s capital city. Quito itself is huddled on high inside an Andean valley, where colonial architecture cohabits with hip cafés and modern hotels. The Andes Mountains make up Ecuador’s most popular region to visit; take a breathtaking hike over Chimborazo volcano, observe the lush green vegetation of vast sierra landscapes dotted with colonial villages, and explore misty cloudforests to quickly understand why.
Just east of this mountain wonderland, the Ecuadorian rainforest invites visitors to delve deep within its steamy jungle scenery. The forest’s Yasuni National Park is quite frankly one of Earth’s most biologically diverse places. In recent years, oil reserves lying just below the park have cast this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve into a heated international debate over whether or not to allow drilling within the delicate fabric of its rich ecosystems.
Head west to Ecuador’s coastal area and explore a land of coffee, sugar, cacao and rice along with marshlands, white-sand beaches, and Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city). Head farther west, far beyond Ecuador’s fantastic coastline, to reach the Galapagos Islands, a remote nature haven teaming with wonderful biodiversity. This Ecuadorian site, home to enormous tortoises, lava lizards, and the curious blue footed booby bird, lies 973 km off the coast of Ecuador.
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