GalapagosStarting from $7500
As the name for the South American nation of Ecuador suggests, the Equator passes through it. One of the delights of Ecuador is the incredible diversity that is found here – diversity in habitats, flora, fauna, cultures… all in a country roughly the size of the state of Oregon. Ecuador together with the Galapagos islands are home to about 1600+ species of birds, many of which are endemic to this amazing country.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is an enchanting city. Flanked by the tall, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, Quito itself is at 9300 ft, yet located almost directly on the equator. On a clear day, as they say, you can see the snow cones of the volcanic peaks, giving the city an air of a mountain retreat. With Quito as your base it is possible within just a couple of hours to be hiking through lush cloud forests, trekking up active volcanoes, birding the high paramo landscape, shopping colourful Indian markets, or even relaxing at a top-rated spa.
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