A sea lion emerges onto a beach in the Galápagos, home to evolutionarily unique animals.
Photographer: Steve Winter(National Geographic)
The smallest nation in the Andean Mountains, Ecuador is a land of geographical extremes. The country boasts of some ethereal volcanic landscapes, dense rainforests and lovely coastlines. Besides an array of indigenous cultures, colonial architecture, local markets and entertainment options, makes it quite appealing. Ecuador enjoys tremendous tourism and notoriety gained from the world famous Galapagos Islands (1000km) of the coast. These islands inspired Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution.
Highlights: Ecuador is a surprise packet, enjoy the sights and sounds of Quito, gaze at the volcanic mountain Cotopaxi, take a ride in the world-famous Devil”s Nose, go shopping at Otavalo, interact with a few gringos, learn the secret of the Panama Hat, and visit the unique Galapagos Island.