A stay in Ecuador makes a perfect addition to your Galapagos cruise. Despite its size, its geographical diversity it provides you with a real taste of South America.
Ecuador - The Facts
Population: 13.6 million
Official Language: Spanish
Currency: US Dollar
Capital City: Quito
Largest City: Guayaquil
Total Area: 256,370 km2 / 98,985 sq mi
Calling Code: + 593
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Ecuador is a little-known gem of a country in the heart of South America. A country less than twice the size of England, few can match its diverse range of habitats and rich wildlife. According to the World Resource Institute, Ecuador is one of the few countries on earth categorized as "megadiverse" owing to its wide variety of ecosystems and species.
To give you but a few statistics, it contains over 15% of the world's bird species and hosts 10% of all known plants. Ecuador is also home to one of the strongest indigenous cultures in South America and some of the Andes oldest and most colourful markets.
For the more adventurous it offers spectacular light trekking, mountain biking and horseback riding amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.
Thanks to its relatively small size, and the variety of culture, scenery and wildlife Ecuador offers in its three regions of the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest and the Pacific Coast, it offers visitors a great chance to get a taste of South America in a relatively short period of time.
The Amazon Rainforest lodges in Ecuador are some of the best and most easily accessible in the Amazon, whilst the cloud forest less than two hours drive from its capital Quito holds some of the most spectacular and easiest birding in the world. In the high Andes, the scenery and culture are spectacular.
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