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The Republic of Ecuador in northwest South America is considered the most biodiverse country in the world, with so much ecological, biological and geological diversity within its tiny area of 280,000 square kilometres that one can experience all sorts of climates and scenery just travelling from region to region. With the Galapagos Islands, the highest active volcano in the world (Cotopaxi), the Andes Mountains, highlands, incredible beaches, the humid Amazon jungle and more, there’s no shortage of things to see, do and experience in this amazing country. It is also home to thousands of endemic species of flora and fauna (endemic meaning it can only be found in Ecuador) including a hundred species of different hummingbirds alone.

Venezuela is bordered by Colombia, Peru and Brazil, and has a population of around 15 million. The country’s official language is Spanish (though 13 indigenous languages are also included in the official list) and travellers are advised to pick up some basic words and phrases before visiting as English is not commonly spoken in the country (as of May 2015).

Getting around

Getting around in little Ecuador isn’t too difficult, thanks to the country’s manageable size and extensive network of public buses. Driving in Ecuador isn’t recommended for first-time tourists, as road conditions in the country can sometimes be poor, with few road signs available (as of May 2015).

What to see and do

There’s so much to see and do in this amazing little country that you could probably stay for months and not experience everything Ecuador has to offer. Go for a cruise of the famed Galapagos Islands – where Charles Darwin first postulated his theory of natural selection when observing ‘Darwin’s finches’ – for a look at some of the planet’s most amazing wild flora and fauna. Only in the Galapagos can you see animals like the giant Galapagos tortoises, the flightless cormorants, the Galapagos penguins (one of the smallest and cutest in the world), the Galapagos hawks, the Galapagos fur seal, large painted locusts and many others. Then return to the mainland for a visit to Ecuador’s famed city of Cuenca, whose Historic Centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Observe the 18th century architecture and witness its unique octagonal shape – a result of a town plan by ancient Spanish king Charles Cuenca, implemented 400 years ago and preserved till today.

For adrenaline junkies, this next one will take the cake, though – Ecuador is home to one of the wildest swings in the world, nicknamed the ‘Swing at the End of the World’ or more ominously the ‘Swing of Death’. Located in La Casa Del Arbol in Baños, the Swing of Death will take you – suspended only on a wooden seat hung on two skinny ropes tied to a tree – over the edge of a steep cliff, for an airborne look at Mt. Tungurahua, the region’s active volcano. Sounds crazy? No, it really does exist.

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