Perched directly on the South American equator, Ecuador is best known for its amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities. Most visitors spend their entire holiday touring the Galapagos Islands, never realizing what they are missing in the rest of the country.

Ecuador has three distinct regions: Coastal, Andes and Amazon, each with its own climate and weather. You can visit the Andes to wander down Cuenca’s cobbled colonial streets, sunbathe on a tranquil Pacific beach, stand on the Equator in Quito, encounter indigenous tribes in the Amazon, shop in a rural market at Otavalo, and bathe in volcanic waters in Banos. No wonder it’s such a popular retirement destination.

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Banos, Tungurahua, Ecuador

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amaZOOnico, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador

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Aeropuerto Jose Joaquin De Olmedo, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Banco Pichincha, Cuenca, Ecuador

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Mitad del Mundo: The Great Equator Hoax in Quito Ecuador lies on the equator and has the real equator line monuments to prove it ... but there's one thing about Mitad del Mundo that nobody wants to talk about. Ecuador lies on the equator and has the monuments to prove it ... but there's one thing about Mitad del Mundo that nobod...

Mitad del Mundo, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Amazon Kichwa: How to Use a Blowgun Roger tries his hand at blowing a dart gun Visit a Kichwa community in Ecuador's Amazon basin and learn their ways, like how to create and use a blowgun for huntin...

Arajuno, Pastaza, Ecuador

Review: The Volcano Hotel Banos, Ecuador On the last night of our Amazon tour we stayed at the Volcano Hotel in Banos, Ecuador. Here's how it went.

Hotel Volcano, Rafael Vieira, Banos, Ecuador

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Amazon Kichwa: Panning for Gold Kichwa panning for gold To support themselves, Ecuador's Kichwa pan for gold in the Amazon basin. Here's how they do it.

Arajuno Canton, Pastaza, Ecuador

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Amazon Kichwa: Native Faces Visiting the Kichwa of Ecuador during an Amazon tour includes a chance to photograph tribe members and get your face pai...

Arajuno, Pastaza Province, Ecuador

Sleeping in the Amazon at Cotococha Lodge Cotococha Lodge on the Napo River One of the highlights of the tour was our stay at Cotococha Amazon Lodge, a fabulous lodge that truly captured the Amazo...

Cotococha Amazon Lodge - Napo River Lodge, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador

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Currency: USD – American dollar

Official language: Spanish

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