Ecuador

Ecuador, as you might have guessed from its name, is located on the equator. Not as popular a destination as other places in South America, there are however quite a few attractions that make it worth a visit. Quito, the country’s capital, lies a whooping 2850 meters above sea level. Declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO, this gorgeous old city will charm you with its colonial architecture and rich history. One of Ecuador’s most visited spots is the Galapagos Islands, which are typically accessed from from Quito. This volcanic archipelago will take your breath away with its magical marine life and turquoise waters. Ecuador was also the first country in the world to declare that nature has constitutional rights. With one the world’s largest densities of volcanoes and the Amazon Jungle spreading over 6 of its provinces, it is a top destination for travelers seeking to hike and be submerged into one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Land of Ecolodges and birdwatching galore, Ecuador is a must-stop on your visit through the Andean region.