About Ecuador and Galápagos

Ecuador, named for its position on the equator, is bounded by Colombia in the north, by Peru to the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. The phrase 'small is beautiful' could have been coined specifically with Ecuador in mind. By South American standards it is tiny but it is this relative compactness that is one of its main attractions. Here, you can see dawn break over the jungle canopy, have lunch high in the Andes, then watch the sun slip into the Pacific Ocean - all in the same day. Ecuador's geographic and biological diversity is extraordinary too; a fact that did not escape the attention of early scientists and explorers - including Charles Darwin - who came, saw and compiled large volumes extolling its many virtues. Their sense of wonder is yours to share, especially if you are willing to go off the beaten path. For beneath Ecuador's recent veneer of boutique hotels and internationally marketed package tours, lies a wonderfully wild array of natural and cultural experiences waiting to be rediscovered.
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