Ecuador packs a huge amount into its borders. It is by comparison a tiny South American country, but with a huge amount on offer, often billed as four worlds in one place. Starting in the west there are the amazing Galapagos Islands, the stunning Pacific Coast and the towering Andes mountains, which drop down into the limitless bio-diversity of the Amzaon basin.
There is a wealth of ancient and vibrant indigenous cultures alongside the remnants of a colonial administration with its faded architecture. You really can try it all in an adventure travel trip to Ecuador, with so much close at hand - one minute you could be at a chilly altitude in a village in the Andean mountains and the next thing you are gliding silently through the Amazon rainforest in a dugout canoe.
A real draw to an Ecuador visit is of course the Galapagos Islands. It was here that Darwin visited and formulated his theory of evolution and natural selection, noticing the differences in finches from island to island. The wildlife in the oceans around these islands is boundless - snokel with giant whale sharks, watch marine iguanas and scuba dive with thousands of rays and sharks.
The incredible Amazon rainforest is a very different world, home to monkeys, sloths and river dolphins as well as a wealth of birds such as toucans, macaws and tanagers. Just 79kms from Quito is Mindo, a birders paradise, where you can find up to 120 species of hummingbirds.
With a huge range of amazing outdoor adventures, from sea based marine adventures and birding in the Andes to expedition camping adventures in the Amazon and a myriad of activities on offer such as trekking, horseback riding, biking, and whitewater rafting, Ecuador has something to suit every safari goer.