Ecuador has a huge variety of landscapes and wildlife to see, from the incredible fauna of the Galapagos Islands, and the stunning beaches in the coastal area of La Costa, to the La Amazonia national parks and La Sierra with its active volcanoes and high peaks.

The Galapagos Islands are a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts with the chance to spot turtles, iguana, many types of birds, giant tortoises and more. Ecuador also has over one hundred different varieties of hummingbirds, and for flower lovers, thousands of different orchids to enjoy.

Quilotoa lagoon circle trek

Quilotoa lagoon circle trek, near Latacunga town in Ecuador

Explore the Amazon rainforest in the Cuyabeno Wild Life Reserve, or explore Yasuni National Park to surround yourself with all that nature has to offer, and meet the indigenous people.

If you’re a beach bunny, you will love the amazing beaches, with their friendly locals, tasty food and good hotels. Explore Crucita, San Jacinto, Salinas, San Clemente and more.

The capital city of Ecuador is Quito, and the historic centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cuenca is known for its Spanish-style colonial city, which is also a World Heritage Site.

Try the local dishes, with Ceviche, a seafood cocktail; Encebollado, a tasty fish soup, or Locro de papa, a soup with potatoes, avocado and cheese. In the Highlands, you might also find yourself feasting on guinea pig.

Note: Zika virus is present in Ecuador so the advice is that pregnant women should not visit. Every traveller must protect themselves from mosquito bites. Travel is not advised within the 20km exclusion zone along Columbia’s border, apart from at Tulcan, the border crossing town. There are also several active volcanoes in Ecuador and care must be taken near these areas.