A Miniature continent
If you are visiting the Galapagos Islands make sure to tour Mainland Ecuador.
Ecuador is considered a miniature continent with everything within reach. Furthermore, the capital Quito, is located within the Andes mountains at an elevation of 2850 meters above sea level. Quito is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved colonial cities in South America. From Quito a three hour bus ride will have you arrive in the Amazon Rainforest region, home to an abundance of life. Five hours west you can enjoy beautiful beaches with warm Pacific ocean waters. If you catch a two hour flight you will reach one of the most remarkable wildlife reserves on Earth in the enchanted Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador is one of the safest countries in the region and the perfect introduction to Latin America!