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A Gap Year in Ecuador

Why go backpacking in Ecuador?

Backpacking in Ecuador is something often missed by visitors to South America due to its more venerable neighbours. We think this is a mistake, as this diminutive nation has plenty to offer the intrepid traveller, from wildlife to buzzing nightlife. There may not be the most iconic sights here, but there are experiences to be had that you’ll never forget.

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.

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Why go?

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. You know you want to meet a tortoise. Go on.

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.

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