Ecuador is the best hidden natural treasure in South America. Did you know that in its small surface you can find 8% of the animal species and 10% of the flora of the planet?
Its four regions: Coast, Highlands, Amazon and the Galapagos are a display of a vast cultural and biodiversity.
Here we tell you why Ecuador should be on your bucket list of South American travel destinations:
- Dramatic changes of sceneries
Four worlds, four regions in just one country. In less than two hours by car from the capital Quito you can go from a city surrounded by volcanoes and mountains to the cloud forest full of orchids and exotic birds. Discover the east and western surroundings like Mindo with its waterfalls, butterfly farms and adventure activities like tubing, birding, and nice walking and hiking excursions.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is a 45 min flight away from Quito; you will be amazed by the huge and smaller rivers with its rose pink dolphins, giant otters, caimans etc.
If you are interested in the coast region, a six hour drive in a private vehicle or a 30 min flight will transport you to the coast. From June to September the wonderful humpback whales.
Not to mention our incredible Galapagos islands with its amazing fauna and breathtaking scenery just 3-hour flight away from the continent. Your eyes will be opened widely admiring the dramatic changes of every region.
- Thousands and thousands of species
Ecuador is listed by National Geographic as one of the most biodiverse countries in the world! Its location in the tropical belt of the planet makes Ecuador the perfect setting for the concentration of high biological diversity.
Throughout the country the avifauna of Ecuador has 1600 confirmed species, more than 500 species of amphibians and 4032 types of orchids. Ecuador’s natural world is infinite, once you are here you will be astonished to observe butterflies, spiders, snakes, monkeys and many other species. The possibility that you will wake up listening to a concert of nature and that you will see some species, is assured!
Just make a wish and choose the suitable region you want to discover.
- Diversity of activities
Thanks to its different ecosystems Ecuador lends itself to an unlimited number of activities. In the highlands of Ecuador enjoy climbing volcanoes, doing hiking, trekking and mountain biking. In the Cloud forest do birding, waterfall walks, orchid and humming bird counting, tubing and if you want to relax and surf at the beach travel to the coast region.
Enjoy exploring the wildlife in the Galapagos islands either on the surface or snorkeling or diving.
And if this were not enough, the multiculturalism of Ecuador will amaze you even more. Enjoy cultural exchange visiting local communities totally different from each other. Based on the location they speak different languages, dress differently and have unique traditions. Visit a community, share with them its music, art, dance and taste the best local food like ceviche, colada morada, encocados etc.
Immersed in our history walking through our cities declared by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity such as Quito and Cuenca which are the most best preserved in South America. Explore our Archaeological ruins such as Cochasquí and Ingapirca.
Have you decided to explore Ecuador? Tell us your wishes and we will fulfill them!