The islands are no longer an endangered World Heritage site, but they may still be at risk.
Altitude and geography play a prominent role in Ecuadorian cooking, with cooks in the Andean highlands preparing quite different dishes from their counterparts along the coast.
Not all of Ecuador’s animals are found on the bio-diverse Galapagos Islands that Charles Darwin made famous in On the Origin of Species. Straddling across the Andes from the Amazon to the Pacific Ocean, there are record numbers of insects, reptiles and birds to be found on the country’s mainland.
The second-highest capital in the world is a lovely Andean city with an exquisite colonial centre packed with architectural treasures.
Most lodges create tailor-made, guided trips for the avid birder, adventurous eater and wildlife watcher.
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