Straggling jungle, mountainous landscapes, glittering blue ocean and jagged volcanic islands come together to make up the smallest Andean nation. Despite its small size, Ecuador certainly packs in everything – with astounding biodiversity, stunning architecture and bustling communities, it has made a name for itself as a friendly and exotic destination. And if that isn’t enough, the country boasts the highest number of species of mammals and amphibians per square metre than any other country on Earth: welcome to wildlife lovers’ paradise.
Projects in Ecuador
Volunteer with monkeys in Ecuador
Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador
Ecuador is one of the greatest undiscovered countries of South America. Often losing out to its more famous neighbour Peru, Ecuador possesses a charm and an intrigue that has captured the imaginations of travellers looking for “Something Different”. With its friendly people and their charming smiles, its delicious cuisine and incredible diversity, it has become one of the best kept secrets for people looking for an accessible yet unusual country to travel.
Firmly seated on the equator between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador boasts an impressive amount of different landscapes and micro climates, making it a fascinating destination for lovers of the outdoors. From jungle treks to white water rafting, from stunning diving to pristine beaches, there is so much here seemingly designed to take your breath away.
Whilst mainland Ecuador certainly has it all, its most famed prized possession is actually located 1000km from the mainland: the jewel in the crown, the Galapagos Islands. Here, Charles Darwin studied its extraordinary array of wildlife and went on to change science, and accordingly changed the world as we know it.
This is certainly a country for people who love wildlife and all that comes with it. Think of the Galapagos and you think of huge iguanas scuttling along the beaches, chatty sea lions sunbathing unashamedly next to people on the beach and the greatest variety of bird life ever seen on this planet. Coupled with stunning beaches, fascinating volcanic rock formations and incredible marine life, the Galapagos is the Mecca for nature lovers. Back to the mainland you encounter the Amazon rain forest, with its mischievous primates, its sleek big cats and its calling birds. The trees seem to touch the sky and the streams gush down the mountainsides to meet the longest river in the world, the Amazon.
Whether you are on a gap year or career break, or simply looking for a holiday with a difference, exploring Ecuador should certainly be up there on a list of things to do. And if you want our inside advice – do it now, before everyone else gets there first.