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TRAVEL GUIDE: ECUADOR


Situated along the northwest coast of South America, Ecuador is an adventure traveler's dream. With four distinct geographical regions — from the Pacific coast and the Amazon rain forest to the highland Andes and the Galapagos Archipelago — Ecuador provides travelers with a wealth of diversity to explore. Not only is the country multifaceted in its natural beauty, but in its culture as well. Ecuador is home to a variety of ethnic groups, including communities who still practice ancient cultural traditions. Looking for a more relaxing vacation? Indulge in one of Ecuador's many thermal spas, which use the heated, mineral-rich waters that naturally sprout from hot springs thanks to several active volcanoes. At these oases of wellness, visitors will also encounter other natural relaxation techniques, such as clay, aromatherapy, medicinal plants and massages.


GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

ANIMAL ISLANDS
Galapagos Archipelago

The Galapagos Islands consist of thirteen large islands, six minor ones and more than 40 islets. Adventure travelers will enjoy the variety of unique species which display an astonishing lack of fear towards humans.
The red footed booby of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

The walkway to Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
STYLISH SUSTAINABILITY
Finch Bay Eco Hotel

This 27-room hotel on Santa Cruz Island of the Galapagos includes six luxury oceanfront suites, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, a 24-hour outdoor pool and even its own desalination plant, providing an unlimited supply of fresh water for guests.
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CRUISE THE ISLANDS
Yacht Isabella II

This ship provides tourists with comfortable transportation from Baltra in its 21 cabins, including one master suite. The three public decks feature a spacious lounge-bar, library, dining room and boutique. Be sure to check out our photo gallery.
The Yacht Isabella II, providing tours to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

An image of a tortoise in our Galapagos Wildlife photo gallery
PHOTO GALLERY
Galapagos Wildlife

Browse our gallery for pictures of wildlife of the Galapagos Islands in South America, featuring images of birds and reptiles, with a little taste of Ecuador's tropical scenery.

NEW FLIGHTS TO THE GALAPAGOS
LAN Airlines Adds Destinations

Travelers can now fly to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands on LAN Ecuador's Airbus A318 fleet. Service will soon be expanded to San Cristobal.
LAN Airlines now provides nonstop service from San Francisco to Lima, and from Quito and Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands

COAST

Guayaquil, the capital of Guayas province, is the largest and most populated city in Ecuador.
OCEANSIDE OASIS
The Ecuadorian Coast

Along the Pacific coast of Ecuador is this scenic area of pristine beaches, fishermen villages, fashionable resorts, modern cities and even archeological sites. Travelers can explore the various ecosystems including savannas and dry and tropical wet forests.

DINING OUT
Guayaquil Restaurants

Read reviews of restaurants in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, and find out about hot spots like Red Crab, a modern crabhouse serving up a selection of ceviches and other fresh seafood.
Dining room of The Red Crab in Guayaquil, Ecuador

ANDES

The mountains and valleys of the Andes region of Ecuador
MOUNTAIN ESCAPE
The Andes

In addition to the snow-capped mountains and volcanoes this region is known for, there are many other features to discover: green valleys with Colonial cities like Quito and Cuenca, quaint Indian villages, farmlands, haciendas, lakes and rivers. It is also home to numerous breathtaking view sites, such as lagoons and cloud forests.

AMAZON

TROPICAL RETREAT
The Amazon

This region has the highest diversity of any ecosystem on earth. The rain forest is full of surprises for visitors, with each unique tree housing hundreds of plant and animal species in constant interaction.
View of the river in the Amazon region of Ecuador


For more information, visit the Ecuador Tourist Board at www.ecuadortouristboard.com.
Planning a trip to Ecuador? Visit www.adventure-associates.com.

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