Picturesque Ecuador

Picturesque Ecuador

Oct 09, 2014, 13:53 PM IST
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The main reason for tourists and nature lovers to visit the Galapagos Islands is the multitude of animals freely romping about... just like the blue-footed boobies in this picture.

The main reason for tourists and nature lovers to visit the Galapagos Islands is the multitude of animals freely romping about... just like the blue-footed boobies in this picture.

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Located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago of Galapagos consists of 13 major islands, of which only five are inhabited. You can go here at anytime as the island is blessed with good weather all year round.

Located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago of Galapagos consists of 13 major islands, of which only five are inhabited. You can go here at anytime as the island is blessed with good weather all year round.

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Sea lions on the white, sandy beaches of Galapagos.

Sea lions on the white, sandy beaches of Galapagos.

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Marine iguanas are only found in the Galapagos.

Marine iguanas are only found in the Galapagos.

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The island is also known for its colourful fish and and is a good place to go diving.

The island is also known for its colourful fish and and is a good place to go diving.

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Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is the main base for the major adventure-tour operators in Ecuador. Go bird watching, paragliding, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, tubing, climbing or crossing the equatorial line on horseback!

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is the main base for the major adventure-tour operators in Ecuador. Go bird watching, paragliding, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, tubing, climbing or crossing the equatorial line on horseback!

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Eleven volcanoes surround Quito, great for mountaineers and hikers and just an hour away you can also visit the Choco Andean Cloud forest that has an incredible birds concentration.

Eleven volcanoes surround Quito, great for mountaineers and hikers and just an hour away you can also visit the Choco Andean Cloud forest that has an incredible birds concentration.

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Kayaking in the Amazon's Yasuni National Park, which along with Sumaco-Napo Galeras National Park has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Kayaking in the Amazon's Yasuni National Park, which along with Sumaco-Napo Galeras National Park has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

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San Rafael Water Fall in the Amazon.

San Rafael Water Fall in the Amazon.

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The Amazon region in Ecuador has reserves and national parks that are home to hundreds of bird and fish species as well as tapirs, anacondas, boa constrictors, turtles, lizards, armadillos, bears, monkeys and giant rodents!

The Amazon region in Ecuador has reserves and national parks that are home to hundreds of bird and fish species as well as tapirs, anacondas, boa constrictors, turtles, lizards, armadillos, bears, monkeys and giant rodents!

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Beautiful beaches are found from north to south on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast. Alongside ports, fishing villages, and modern cities, dense protected forests grow with their gigantic and moist terracotta roots. It's Majagual forest has the world's tallest mangroves (64 meters / 194 feet).

Beautiful beaches are found from north to south on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast. Alongside ports, fishing villages, and modern cities, dense protected forests grow with their gigantic and moist terracotta roots. It's Majagual forest has the world's tallest mangroves (64 meters / 194 feet).

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FromPuerto López along the Pacific Coast, you can see the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) that arrive from the Antarctic waters to mate between June and October of each year. The biggest refuge for marine birds in Ecuador is Santa Clara Island off the southern coast.

FromPuerto López along the Pacific Coast, you can see the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) that arrive from the Antarctic waters to mate between June and October of each year. The biggest refuge for marine birds in Ecuador is Santa Clara Island off the southern coast.

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Surfing on the Pacific.

Surfing on the Pacific.

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Bahia de Caráquez, a beautiful eco-city on the Pacific coast, is the departure point for visiting tropical dry forests and archaeological sites.

Bahia de Caráquez, a beautiful eco-city on the Pacific coast, is the departure point for visiting tropical dry forests and archaeological sites.

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Above:Cotopaxi Mountains. In the mythical Andes mountains, there are volcanoes that are more than 16,400 feet/5,000 meters high and are permanently covered with snow and glaciers dating back to ancient times. The tallest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi (19,350 feet/5,897 meters above sea level), in the picture above is the perfect setting for charming villages and fertile valleys.

Above:Cotopaxi Mountains. In the mythical Andes mountains, there are volcanoes that are more than 16,400 feet/5,000 meters high and are permanently covered with snow and glaciers dating back to ancient times. The tallest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi (19,350 feet/5,897 meters above sea level), in the picture above is the perfect setting for charming villages and fertile valleys.

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Above: Cuicocha, a caldera and crater lake at the foothills of Cotacachi Volcano. Throughout the Andes mountain range, you will find impressive plateaus, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, cloud forests, valleys, indigenous markets and picturesque villages, and historical and modern colonial cities.

Above: Cuicocha, a caldera and crater lake at the foothills of Cotacachi Volcano. Throughout the Andes mountain range, you will find impressive plateaus, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, cloud forests, valleys, indigenous markets and picturesque villages, and historical and modern colonial cities.

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Aclimbing tour to Chimborazo, Ecuador highest peak at 6,310 meters. The region has five summits on flanks of rocks and an extensive Andean plateau.​

Aclimbing tour to Chimborazo, Ecuador highest peak at 6,310 meters. The region has five summits on flanks of rocks and an extensive Andean plateau.​

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