Ecuador is the second-smallest country in South America, but its natural diversity and the range of offerings is no less than astounding. For the adrenaline junky, the choices are outrageous: mountaineering, trekking, horse riding and surfing can be done here. For the culture vulture, Ecuador's indigenous heritage of traditional costumes and highland markets, as the one in Otavalo, will enchant visitors. As for colonial architecture, few cities top the beauty of Cuenca and Quito, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And visitors won't want to miss Baños, Montañita and the unique and unforgettable Galápagos Islands, with its enticing natural beauty.
From the Amazon Basin to the glaciated Andean volcanoes; from the tropical cloud forest to the balmy Pacific coast...all of these natural beauties can be found and make Ecuador a wonderful place to visit.