Small but perfectly formed, Ecuador actually is at the centre of the world.
Named after the equatorial line it straddles, Ecuador has an impressive roster of habitats, landscapes and experiences packed into its borders. Dramatically situated high in the Andes, the capital Quito is a city of well-preserved colonial architecture and grand plazas. Around it stretches Ecuador’s high sierra, characterised by volcanic peaks and indigenous rural communities. To the west, on the country’s Pacific coast, palm-fringed beaches tempt visitors down from the highlands with golden sands and tropical flavours. Head east and you’ll be plunged into the voluptuous Amazon Rainforest, where a myriad of creatures wait to enthral and delight.
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