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About Ecuador

ECUADOR is a beautiful South American country located on the equator. Although it is small, it contains many natural and cultural treasures.

About Ecuador

Ecuador has the highest biodiversity in the world for its surface area, due in large part to its ecological diversity. This alluring country crosses the Andean mountain range, within which the imposing slopes of the Avenue of the Volcanoes guard fertile valleys along the highlands.

The coast is bordered by the Pacific Ocean—where the warm northern and southern currents converge with rivers born in the highlands that flow into the ocean—create fruitful plains and beautiful beaches. The humid Amazon rainforest holds a bountiful variety of plants and animals, including an infinite number of species waiting to be discovered.

Finally, the enchanting Galápagos Islands, formed by volcanic eruptions, were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their vast number of endemic species.
The Ecuadorian culture, generous and warm to visitors, is full of history, customs and traditions. The majority mestiza population of Ecuador, which has fourteen indigenous nationalities, each with their own cultural practices, demonstrates the exceptional heritage of Ecuadorian identity.

These fascinating regions will ensure you have an unforgettable experience when you visit Ecuador. Within each of its four regions you will find different worlds to envelop you in their charm: landscapes, nature, music, culture, folklore and exquisite gastronomy.
Discover Ecuador!



Variable, between 345 and 1,707 m.a.s.l.


Between 64°F and 86°F

A beautiful region located between the Highlands and the Pacific Ocean, the Ecuadorian coast has a warm and humid climate with temperatures that vary between 64°F and 86°F.

The beaches that line the coastal edge are full of opportunities for adventure tourism and sports—both on sea and land. The rivers that originate in the Andes, irrigate the coastal plains and flow into the ocean, creating a fertile agricultural land with vast plantations of cocoa, bananas, rice, coffee, and much more.

Low elevations ensure vegetation is between humid and dry. In addition, mangroves grow in some areas.

Coastal cities and towns are home to many traditions, popular festivals, and delicious food. Artisans make homemade straw hats, wood crafts, canoes, shell ornaments, and a variety of other original goods.

Amazon Rainforest


Variable, between 345 and 1,707 m.a.s.l.


Between 64°C and 81°C.

Beginning on the eastern mountain range, this mysterious natural region embodies many of our ancestral cultures.

Oftentimes referred to as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Its elevation does not exceed 1300 feet above sea level, and all of its rivers are tributaries of the great Amazon River.

The Amazon region has a warm and humid climate with temperatures that vary between 78°F and 83°F, as well as constant precipitation. In addition, hidden amongst the dense Amazonian rainforest are medicinal plants, flowing rivers ideal for fishing and extreme sports, abundant vegetation and fauna, as well as a rich heritage contained within numerous magical villages—even though the Amazon is the least populated region in Ecuador.

The uniqueness of the Amazonian ecosystem allows you to get to know the region in its purest form: through ecotourism, adventure and community tourism. Enjoy a stay in a lodge while discovering the region with the aid of a local guide, taste exotic dishes from Amazonian culinary traditions, and paddle a canoe over streams full of animal and plant life to reach places.

To visit the Amazon rainforest is to experience a nature more closely than ever before and to brush against ancient cultures and their view of the cosmos.



Between 500 and 4000 m.a.s.l.


Temperatures vary from 0°F to 79°F

Surrounded by volcanoes and eternal glaciers, the mountain range extends from the north to the south of the country, forming productive valleys in which lie cities and small towns.

The highlands have a high diversity of microclimates, contained in which are many natural and cultural treasures: tundra, cloud forests, lakes, lagoons, active volcanoes, hot springs, indigenous markets, towns, cities, and colonial haciendas. From its highest lands to its lowest plains, the highlands are used for agriculture, varying from green pastures and dairy cows to fields of potatoes, vegetables, and corn.

Temperatures vary from 0°F to 79°F with elevations up to 6310 meters on snowy Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador.

Much of the highland tourist industry consists of colonial towns. The capital, Quito, lies in the highlands, and its historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site. In addition, the majority of indigenous ethnic groups are concentrated in the highlands.

Galápagos Islands


Between 345 y 1.707 m.a.s.l.


Between 64°C and 81°C.

Experience a paradise on earth with sandy white beaches, exceptional beauty on both land and sea, and a variety of animals that is mind-blowing: including turtles, sea lions, flamingos, iguanas, frigates, penguins, and blue and red-footed boobies. The Galápagos Islands are truly an enchanted region of Ecuador.

The islands were formed by volcanic activity and are a natural sanctuary to endemic species of flora and fauna. For this reason, the Galápagos reserve was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the first Ecuadorian territory to be declared a protected area. The Galápagos Islands have a warm and dry climate, with temperatures that vary between 64°C and 81°C. Its main economic activity is tourism, with around 75,000 tourists a year.
Visiting the Galápagos Islands is always an unforgettable experience: hike through volcanic lava, observe gigantic craters filled with vegetation, explore caves and tunnels that are thousands of years old, walk on the edges of cliffs observing sharks and birds, interact with giant turtles, marvel at the beauty of the sea as you dive in its depths or snorkel on its surface, experience lagoons, hills, beaches, and beautiful sunsets.

Learn about the history of mariners and scientists who have being enchanted by this magical place, The Galápagos Islands are truly a gift from nature. Come visit and fall in love with the beauty of life.