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Despite its size Ecuador packs a big punch. Located in the north west of South America, Ecuador is wedged in-between Colombia and Peru. One thing Ecuador can boast about is it's the closest country to the infamous Galapagos Islands, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world.
For backpackers and travellers, Ecuador has something for everyone. Among its many attractions are surf beaches, craft markets, World Heritage listed colonial cities, active volcanoes, tropical rain forests, mountain trails, and the aforementioned Galapagos Islands to name but a few.
The historic centres of Quito and Cuenca - both UNESCO World Heritage Sites - are absolute gems and a pleasure to explore. The best way to see Ecuador is to get yourself there and experience it for yourself.
Ecuador is home to 4,500 species of butterflies, 1,640 species of birds, 345 species of reptiles, 358 species of amphibians, and 258 species of mammals.