From buzzing cities through to an epic coastline, mountains and lush jungles teeming with wildlife, Ecuador is an off the beaten track wonderland. Add to that the beautiful Galapagos Islands, a national park and marine reserve, and you’re left with something truly special.
There is a diversity of wildlife here that belies belief. Ecuador is a designated ‘megadiversity hotspot’, with a vast range of habitats allowing for a much wider range of flora and fauna than is standard. The Galapagos Islands are a group of 18 main islands with an additional 110 small islands, islets and rocks well-known for their number of endemic species as well as their involvement in contributing towards Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Here you’ll find giant tortoises, Galapagos penguins, seals, sea lions, land iguanas and many species of bird. The waters are also teeming with wildlife, with plenty of turtles, fish, sharks and rays.
On mainland Ecuador you’ll find plenty of stunning landscapes, with towering mountains and volcanos creating an outstanding natural backdrop. Straddling the equator, the range of habitats means you can enjoy cool plateaus, humid jungle and sunny coastlines, all within one country. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is nestled amongst the mountains and the highest official capital in the world. Here you can wander its historic centre, enjoy a plate of ceviche and sip on the spirit of Ecuador, a liquor made up of a mix of local exotic fruit. Equally, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try some cuy, or guinea pig, a delicacy found across South America.
There’s also plenty to see and do, whether you head into the jungle on a trek, spotting monkeys, iguanas and plenty of other wildlife, or try something a little more adventurous. For those looking for a bit of an adrenalin rush you can go white water rafting, zip-lining and surfing, whilst those looking to pamper can head to the hot springs instead.
So, if this introduction has whetted your appetite for an Ecuadorian adventure, charter a jet to Ecuador with Air Charter Service and explore.