âEcuador, a green world behind the sun that lives in the shadow of volcanoesâ is the country with the richest biodiversity per square mile in the world, located in the northwest of South Americaâ.
AREA: 256.370 Km2
POPULATION: 12.6 million inhabitants.
LANGUAGE: Spanish; Quichua is spoken in some indigenous communities. English is widely spoken
CURRENCY: US$ Dollar.
VISA: Anyone from any country is entitled to an "automatic" 90 day tourist visa (12-V). If you plan to stay longer, you will need one of the other types of visas for a stay of over 90 days.
Ecuador is a multiethnic and multicultural country. We have more than 14 indigenous groups living on the Ecuadorian mainland, maintaining their own languages, culture and ways of life. Ecuador straddles the Equator, from which it takes its name, and has an area of 256,371 square kilometers (98,985 sq mi).
Ecuador is among the 17 most diverse countries in the world, because of its geographical, biological, and cultural diversity. As a visitor you can easily travel to each of Ecuador's four regions because of the small size of the territory. Only in Ecuador can you cross the Equatorial line, climb the highest active volcano in the world, kayak the rapids of the Amazon rainforest, cross fascinating rivers by zip cable , surf the waves along the sun Pacific beaches , sea lions and harmless whale sharks â all in just one trip!.
Ecuador is an incredible sustainable ,paradise because of its commitment to protecting its sustainable tourism in natural, cultural, and human megadiversity .
Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano and has accumulated a deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano. The Quilotoa Loop takes hikers through several points over a day or two. One can also find mule- or horseback riding in the area.
One of the most-visited cloud forests in Ecuador is the natural Reserve Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest 14,170 hectares (35,000 acres). Some 400 species of birds have been recorded here. The town offers a variety of lodging and dining. There are lot of activities on offer as well as birding: you can go tubing on the rivers, horseback riding through beautiful scenery, hiking in the forests, or soaring between the trees suspended from a canopy line.
Accommodation: Enjoy your stay at the Dragonfly Inn - located in Mindo, Ecuador. This new addition to Mindo lodging features clean rooms finished in wood, private baths, hot water, comfortable beds and outdoor balconies. http://www.dragonflyinn-mindo.com/Â
The enchanted Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific ocean some 1000 km off the Ecuadorian coast. There are 13 large islands, 6 smaller ones and 107 islets and rocks. The islands are volcanic in origin . Giant Galapagos tortoises meander distant highlands, and prehistoric marine iguanas sun themselves on black lava rocks along the shore. Cormorants and tiny penguins dart through the waters while graceful red-billed tropicbirds screech across the sky. Explore the islandÂ´s ecosystems as you inch past lounging sea lions, scout for breaching whales offshore and pink flamingos in hidden lagoons.