Mi Lindo Ecuador...
...My Beautiful Ecuador
Ecuador is no bigger than the size of Nevada, but has been named one of the most diverse countries in the world. Ecuador has it all including coastal beaches, snow-capped mountains, the rainforest and the famous Galapagos Islands. The scenery is breath-taking, ever changing, and incredible views are around every corner. The sierra is the region running down the center of Ecuador. It is home to the Andes Mountains or what is now called the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" where you can see beautiful mountains resting amid patch-work farm lands.
The entire western border of Ecuador is a coastline of secluded beaches, fishing villages, National Parks, and pure beauty. The Galapagos Islands lie some 1500 miles off the coast of Ecuador and is where you can have close encounters with fearless wildlife such as penguins, sea lions, and giant tortoises that live to be 150-years-old.
Ecuador's jungle makes up the eastern one-third of the country. The jungle is fairly accessible and is home to unspoiled wilderness and an abundance of animal life. From river dolphins, to 15 species of monkeys, to 500 species of birds, this jungle is very much alive. You can also visit indigenous villages along the tributaries of the Amazon where people continue to live off the land.
Ecuador is a Spanish speaking country with a population of more than 13 million inhabitants. The majority of the people are considered mestizos which is a mix of Spanish and Indian. There is still a large segment of indigenous, many of whom carry on the language and ways of their Incan ancestry. As many as 20 different groups still exist, each with their own form of dress. Ecuadorians in general are a warm hearted, welcoming people.