Ecuador is home to some of the most diverse landscape in the world. An Amazonian rainforest covered with volcanoes and animals species of both northern and southern hemisphere regions, it’s no wonder Ecuador has the demand for tourism that it has. Here is my list of Ecuador’s top 5 gems;
1. Galapagos Islands:
A volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. It lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos’ species later inspired his theory of evolution.
2. Cotopaxi Volcano
An active volcano in the Andes Mountains. Since 1738, Cotopaxi has erupted more than 50 times, resulting in the creation of numerous valleys formed by lahars (mudflows) around the volcano. The last eruption lasted from August 2015 to January 2016. Since the recent eruptions, Cotopaxi has been officially closed for climbing by authorities.
3. The Amazon
Unless you are studying, teaching English or consulting on a project in the Amazon, you are unlikely to have enough knowledge about the area to stay safe and, most importantly, to learn about the plants and animals that make the area so special. If you do go into the Ecuadorian Amazon, look to try iowaska. It’s a detox made from natural ingredients used by local tribes. It has been labelled a hallucinogenic, but I think that is exaggerating its potency
4. White Water Rafting
As might be expected from a country with massive mountains and copious rainfall, Ecuador has world-class conditions for white-water rafting and kayaking. Just remember not to urinate in the water, the notorious vampire fish can swim up your urethra and result in amputation of your, ahem…vulnerable bits
5. The Equator
Although the equator runs through hundreds of places, one country that takes particular pride in its unique geographical location is Ecuador. The Republic of Ecuador literally translates to “Republic of the Equator”. A thick yellow line runs through the grounds that supposedly marks the precise position of the equator. However, a modern GPS unit shows that the actual equator lies about 240 meters to the north of the indicated line