Ecuador is a one-of-a-kind country where four worlds coexist in a unique way. The Pacific Coast, the Andes, the Amazon region and the Galápagos Islands make up Ecuador’s geography and cultural identity and make it a destination fit for every taste. Ecuador is located on the northwestern coast of South America, just on the equatorial line that divides the Earth into two hemispheres. It is a multiethnic country, with great cultural, natural and archeological wealth. Despite its small size, it has the highest biodiversity per square meter on the continent

No trip to Ecuador would be complete without a visit to the Galapagos Islands. Of all the oceanic islands in the world, the Galápagos are in a league of their own. Known as a World Natural Heritage Site, the Galapagos Islands is a paradise where animals have no fear of man and display behaviors impossible to find anywhere else in the world. There are cormorants that forgot how to fly, iguanas that learned to swim and turtles that became gigantic. This is a place where sea lions show off their swimming skills and blue-footed boobies perform their elegant two-step mating dance right under your nose.

A visit to Ecuador offers a variety of activities, so you must come prepared.  The main leisure interests include admiring the wildlife and the amazing topographic features. Various hikes along well-marked paths are available so that you can have access to the best views and sites. While hiking, you will be able to bird-watch, take pictures, stroll on the beach and trek up mountainsides. Other fun activities include snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.

If the natural world amazes you, then planning a trip to Ecuador is definitely recommended. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore everything that this one-of-a-kind country has to offer!

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