YasuníThere are a number of different aspects to the diversity that makes Ecuador such a fascinating destination. There is the cultural one, embodied in the country’s indigenous peoples, its Spanish heritage, and the modern metropolises of Quito and Guayaquil. Then there is the natural and geographic diversity found in a country that stretches from the beaches in the Pacific to the summit of Chimborazo, at 20,564 feet above sea level (factor in this is the farthest point from the center of the earth).
These two different aspects of the country’s diversity meet at Yasuní, the largest protected area of continental Ecuador. The biodiversity of the region is astounding— some researchers estimate there are more different amphibian species in this park than in all of North America. The park also protects Ecuador’s cultural diversity, however, as the home of two indigenous people, the Tagaeri and Taromenane, who choose to live in voluntary isolation.