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Ecuador is located in western South America, the second smallest South American nation.


Ecuador is one of the most unique countries in the world due to its diverse geographic regions, Two cordilleras split the nation into coastal, Andean, and Amazonian regions.


Ecuador is home to 135 different nature reserves, wilderness areas, and national parks as well as 8 internationally important wetlands and 3 biosphere reserves. Also, there are over 19,300 different plant species as well as 640 different bird species. The Ecuadorian wilderness also houses some 300 different species of mammals and nearly 1,100 species of reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Ecuador has lots of national parks and reserves, and is one of the richest places for birdlife in the world. The Galapagos are also a world-class wildlife destination, making the country as a whole ideal for eco-tourists. Clearly, Ecuador is a truly biodiverse regions with various regions and ecosystems worth visiting during your upcoming trip to Ecuador.


You are not just diving in the sea but in the sea with turtles, marine iguanas, dolphins and hammerhead sharks !

 

 

Attractions:


Galapagos Islands


Ecuador's most beloved and popular national park lies in splendid isolation about 960 kilometers off the mainland. Made famous by Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands are no less enthralling now than they were a hundred years ago. Every year, thousands of curious visitors journey to the remote islands to behold the wondrously variegated wildlife that inspired The Origin of Species.

 

San Francisco Church, Quito


San Francisco, the most imposing of all Quito's architectural monuments, is at once a temple, a series of chapels, and a convent. All this together takes up nearly two whole blocks, and rises up above a wide stone paved court, creating so noble an impression that Ernesto La Orden called it the "Escorial of the Andes".

 

Otavalo Market


The Otavalo Market is one of South America’s most grandest and famous markets.  The best day to experience the market during Ecuador travel is on Saturdays.  From Quito, it’s a 2 hour bus ride to the city of Otavalo.  Passengers will start to get off the bus at several stops after you enter town, but be patient and you will arrive at the bus terminal.

 

Catedral Nueva, Cuenca


Catedral Nueva de Cuenca, also known as the Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception). It is located in Cuenca, Ecuador, across from Parque Calderon, the historic center of Cuenca. The cathedral was completed in 1885, and the blue domes are made from sky-blue glazed tiles from what was then Czechoslovakia.

 

Montañita


Montañita is Ecuador’s main surf break and is identified by a phallic shaped rock

Here you will find numerous options for food from national dishes to international cuisine, street food vendors to ceviche on the beach.


Tena

 

Tena, the capital of the Napo Province, is an attractive and friendly city in the Amazon rainforest. Known as the “cinnamon capital" of Ecuador


Baños


This city is known as the gateway to the Amazon. However, most of the V!VA staff tend to stay in Baños, rather than going all the way into the jungle, because of all it has to offer. The city is situated near the active Tungurahua volcano and is surrounded by dense green forest

 

Nariz del Diablo


Nariz del Diablo (the "Devil's Nose") is a historic train ride in the central highlands of Ecuador.

The tourists can enjoy the majestic and unique in the world engineering work of the zig zag railroad.


Cotopaxi


With 33,393 hectares (82,516 acres) surrounding the park's namesake and emblematic volcano, this is Ecuador's most popular national park, after the Galápagos.

 

La Compañía, Quito


One of the best examples of latin american baroque is the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús in Quito, Ecuador. It was started in 1605 and it take it 160 years for the ecuadorian amerindians to complete the building.



General info.

 

Capital: Quito


Population: 15,5 million


Language: Spanish (official), indigenous (Quechua, Shuar)


Currency: US Dollar


Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%


Climate: tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands


 

 

 

 

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