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Ecuador, From Big Cities to Giant Tortoises

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Few countries offers many different experiences in small areas like Ecuador does, where four worlds fit in one country: the Andes, the Amazon, the Pacific Coast, and the Galapagos all offer very different travel experiences. Whether you are in the search of extreme adventure, natural wonders or cultural highlights there is a region -or more likely several- that will satisfy your search. Here is a look at the five favorite destinations for those who want to see Ecuador’s wild and wet side.
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While Quito is Ecuador’s capital, bustling Guayaquil on the banks of Guayas River is the country’s most populous city. The first image that might come to mind when you think of Quito and Cuenca may be Spanish colonial churches and centuries-old...
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While the biodiversity of the Guayaquil Botanic Garden is impressive, there is nowhere in the world that captures the imagination of naturalists like the Galapagos. It was here that Charles Darwin conducted the research that helped illuminate his...
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The Galapagos are volcanic islands, created as the result of activity far beneath the surface of the ocean. Isabela, located on the western side of the Galapagos, is together with its neighbor Fernandina, one of the younger islands to have emerged...
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Puerto Ayora is a surprise to those visitors who arrive in Galapagos expecting the bare bones facilities of a remote natural park. Instead the largest town in the archipelago, Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island is a lively town with a number of...
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Not all of Ecuador’s watery attractions are on the Pacific Coast. Case in point, Baños de Agua Santa, or simply Baños, a small town between the Central Andes and the Amazon. Baños is in the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, with its crater five...