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Best of 2011: Ecuador

December 20th, 2011

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Though Ecuador is the smallest of the Andes countries, it is no less exciting than its neighbours. Here, you can visit South America’s most famous marketplace in Otavalo, see penguins on the Galápagos Islands, and learn how to fish piranhas in the jungle!

Ecuador is bordered to the north by Colombia, to the east and south by Peru, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. Bisected by the equator, the “Middle of the World”, Ecuador is a land divided into three distinct geological regions – Sierra, Oriente and Costa. And this is what makes this mystical land so special. A country of contrasts and diversities, Ecuador boasts coastal banana plantations and snow-covered volcanoes, yet most destinations are within a day’s journey from the capital city of Quito.

Most visitors to Ecuador are attracted primarily by the Galapagos, but an increasing number of people are realizing that there is a much more to see and do, and often be enthralled by, mainland Ecuador, an astonishingly beautiful and varied geography that is worth more than just an extra couple of nights.

Take a few moments to learn more about the Essence of Ecuador

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