Straddling the equator on the Pacific coast, wedged between Colombia and Peru, the smallest of the Andean nations covers an area no bigger than 284,000 square kilometres. But for all its diminutive size, the country is packed with the most startling contrasts of scenery and a diversity of culture and history that every visitor will find dazzling.
Encompassing tropical islands, towering snow capped peaks, cloud forests, sandy beaches and simmering jungle, those lucky enough to explore this South American backwater are treated to a variety of unique landscapes and activities that leaves many declaring that Ecuador manages to capture an entire continent in one country.
From traditional and colourful Indian markets, to colonial towns, Inca ruins and the steaming jungles of the Amazon, Ecuador has something for everyone. Home to a staggering wealth of natural biodiversity, from bears and bats and monkeys and sloths, to orchids, ferns and mighty mahogany trees, the country is also the gateway on to the extraordinary world of the Galapagos Islands. Darwin’s famous living laboratory, these unparalleled natural landscapes are the ultimate way to round off any adventure, providing a chance to swim with penguins, watch iguanas at play or visit the famed Galápagos tortoise, the largest living species of tortoise on earth.