Western Lowlands

Between the foothills of the Andes and the coast lie the Western Lowlands, a vast expanse of flat and rolling country, devoted to agriculture. This warm and lush land produces Ecuador's number one agricultural export product, the banana. Other crops include African palm for oil extraction, cocoa, rice, palm hearts and tropical fruits. The region has a few nature reserves protecting remnants of tropical rainforest and wetlands. It is a good area for rafting, taking a dip in one of its many rivers, and observing butterflies or tropical birds.

Ins and outs

This area is laced by roads joining the highlands and coast. Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas is a major transport hub, and the bus service is good throughout the region.

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