What to see and do in Ecuador: from Andean mountains to Galapagos & Amazon jungles
Ecuador offers an array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well-preserved colonial architecture, scenic volcanic landscapes, dense Amazonian rainforests, world-class beaches and the world-famous Galapagos Islands with their unique wildlife - all this in a nation no bigger than the US state of Nevada. Ecuador is a perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, offering great possibilities for trekking, rafting, kayaking, diving and birdwatching as well as cheap shopping.[b]The Equator State.[/b] The smallest country in the rugged Andean region of western South America, Ecuador is located right at the center of the Equator, which has given the country its name. With a multitude of attractions from beaches, jungles and mountains to cities, Indian cultures and nature reserves all in a relatively compact area, \Equador\ is one of the most interesting and well-developed travel destinations in South America.