From high-altitude cities, to colonial towns nestled in lush valleys, and natural sights galore – what this South American country lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in diversity. Ecuador is roughly half the size of France, but is geographically blessed, with three distinct regions: El Oriente, La Costa and La Sierra. Head east to explore its slice of the Amazon rainforest, marvel at the rugged Andean region in central Quito, get your adrenaline racing in the adventure capital of Baños, or relax along the thousands of kilometres of pristine shoreline that flank the west coast.
Then, of course, there are the Galápagos Islands – the undisputed jewel in Ecuador’s crown. This volcanic archipelago is home to an astounding array of native wildlife and functions as one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. No matter where your visit takes you, Ecuador is sure to delight.