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Ecuador

Straddling the Equator

It is tempting to divide Ecuador into three countries and a protectorate: There is the tropical coastal region (including the country's largest city of Guayaquil) with enticing beaches and surf. Then there are the highlands with their distinctly Andean flavor coloring the actual capital of Quito, and last but not least the eastern slopes of the Andes that run into the Oriente and the upper regions of the Amazon. And not forgetting the protectorate which would of course be the ecological paradise of the Galapagos Islands located 600 miles west of the mainland.

The tourist highlights in Ecuador reflect the country's diversity, including easily accessible Oriente, where visitors can enjoy rainforest treks and award-winning eco lodges, the shopping in the Sunday market of Otavalo in the north, the obvious delights of the Galápagos (a mere 600 miles, or 1,000 km, away), and the newly renovated and restored old town in Quito, the capital city.

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  • Parque Centenario, Guayaquil
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  • I spent almost 5 months in Ecuador and did some quite amazing tours to the volvanoes with a tour operator from quito ( http://gulliver.com.ec/ ), but there are also some good agencies in cuenca.
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  • Mi pais
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  • Volunteer in the galapagos! Lead-adventures, Ecuador offers a three week program to volunteer in the galapagos.. It mixes tours with conservation. the station on san Cristobal is run by a great guy, Danny. He makes working there fun and takes you to nearby waterfalls and the port when your not working. the last week is spent soaking up the sun on Isabella with three days of tours and two free days to check everything out. It's a great way to explore the islands while making a difference!
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