Ecuador- South America in a Nutshell
You are about to travel to a country where you will experience the most varied sensations. Ecuador is full of contrasts in a relatively small space, this is what makes it simply magical. In a few words Ecuador is "South America in a nutshell".
Divided in 4 geographical regions: in the Coast the splendour of its beaches awaits you; the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" in the Andean Sierras; the emerald forest in the Amazon and the enchanting Galapagos Islands. Ecuador with only 102.854 sq. miles (270.670 sq. Km.) in extension, condenses singular attractions together with first order hotel infrastructure. The enchantment relies in combining the diversity of its geography, flora, fauna and its cultures.
What can you do in Ecuador ?
You can visit Indian markets and festivities(the country has multiple ethnic communities); walk in colonial streets and museums in Quito and Cuenca, both cities declared UNESCO cultural heritage sights; relax at a pristine beach, or admire the wildlife when you visit to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon.
Where is Ecuador ?
Ecuador is exactly at the middle of the world, with a climate that is tropic and template 365 days a year due to its location in the Andean corridor. You will hold in your memory the impression of having met marvellous people amongst an imposing geography.
The Galapagos Islands - Living laboratory of evolution
The Galapagos Islands, paradise of evolution, are located 1,000 Km(600galapagos islands cruises miles) from the coastline of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean. Of volcanic origin and crossed by the equatorial line, this is also one of the most famous national parks of the world due to its unique characteristics.
The Galapagos Islands are made up of 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands and 41 islets.
Created by strong eruptions, each of them is just the peak of an invisible gigantic volcano of 3,000m, deep below the ocean, giving the Islands a moon-like appearance.
The main attraction nevertheless, is the presence of many different endemic species of flora and fauna, making it the perfect destination for nature-loving travelers. These characteristics have given it the name of “Paradise of evolution”(Charles Darwin) and “The last wildlife sanctuary” (Jacques Cousteau). In the Galapagos Islands animals have not learned to fear man, it is amazing the way you can aproach them and be considered another inhabitant of their paradise.
Symbolic of the archipelago are the tortoises, there are 11 subspecies of the giant tortoise, land-and marine iguanas, penguins and 13 species of finches, famous birds of Darwin’s studies for his theory of evolution. Different species of cacti, pamper and mangroves in four different colors are also endemic.
Finally, the rich marine life is fascinating for snorkellers who will find perfect spots and reefs. Several beaches are ideal for snorkeling or just swimming with sea lions, rays and sharks as part of the Galapagos experience.