Destination Information for Ecuador
Ecuador straddles the equator on the West coast of South America, bordered by Colombia and Peru. It is known to be the most biodiverse country in the world, home to a huge number of species of hummingbirds and orchids, as well as a plethora of other incredible and rare wildlife. The landscape of Ecuador encompasses the highlands of the Andes, areas of Amazonian rainforest and the famously popular Galapagos Islands. The country includes the world’s highest active volcano, Cotopaxi, in the centre of the country.
Ecuador is divided into three quite distinct regions: Costa, Sierra and Oriente. Costa is the coast: hot, dry and filled with sandy beaches. Sierra is the centre of Ecuador: a mountainous region with a number of old colonial towns and local markets, perfect for travellers to use as a base. The lowlands of Oriente are the best place for wildlife watching. For visitors who want to explore the rainforest and jungle in Ecuador, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a good choice of destination.
The capital is Quito, the world’s second highest capital and a well-preserved Spanish colonial centre, with a number of religious and historically significant sites, as well as excellent nightlife, cuisine and other tourist attractions.
If you’re looking for an action-packed destination that will enable you to explore the wonders of South America in a relatively short trip, Ecuador is a great choice. There’s plenty to see and do in a country which is dwarfed by its neighbours, yet still manages to encompass everything you could want from an Amazonian adventure.
Naciones Unidas Avenue and República de El Salvador,
(Consular Section 12th floor)
PO Box 17-17-830
Switchboard: (593) (2) 2970 800 / 801