The dramatically beautiful capital of Ecuador, Quito was founded in 1534 on the ruins of an ancient Inca city. Situated at an altitude of over 2,850 m, it was the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It may take travelers a couple of days to adjust to the altitude, but it is absolutely worth the effort. Quito’s historic old town is one of its most charming attractions, full of shops, restaurants and stunning architecture. Museo del Blanco is the country’s most renowned museum and the city recently completed a massive renovation to refurbish its historic buildings and churches, making its picturesque plazas look even more spectacular.
The Galapagos Islands
Undoubtedly the world’s most astonishingly biodiverse region, The Galapagos Islands are Ecuador’s jewel in its crown. Accessible by air from Quito, The Galapagos Islands are governed carefully to support conservation and preservation of its scarcely unique environment. An archipelago of small islands, it is renowned for its incredible wildlife, much of which was the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Home to some of the most incredible wildlife species, including giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas and penguins, the Galapagos is the ultimate bucket list travel destination. The landscape of the islands is barren and volcanic, and that’s what makes it spectacular in its own right. Popular amongst natural historians as well as nature enthusiasts, because of its creatures that are found nowhere else on earth, a trip to The Galapagos is a once in a lifetime, awe-inspiring experience.