A good indicator of Ecuador’s outstanding position as one of the most interesting countries to visit for travelers who love nature and green spaces is that Ecuador has won another year the World’s Leading Green Destination Award. A prize that they also aspired to obtain other fantastic and impressive natural destinations of the world like Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Fiji, Madagascar, and Norway.
Ecuador proudly boasts of being “the country of the four worlds”. A nation that encloses four worlds of biological and natural diversity (the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Pacific coast, the highlands, and the Galapagos Islands) that have 8% of the animal species and 10% of the flora of the entire world. It is, without a doubt, one of the places on the planet with the most biological diversity per square feet and an essential place to visit for lovers of green spaces and nature.
The marine diversity in the Galapagos
The Galapagos islands are one of those four worlds of diversity, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. A natural paradise made up of 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands and hundreds of islets of volcanic origin such as San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana Islands that made the scientist Charles Darwin fall in love.
The unique beaches of the Pacific Coast
Continuing with sea destinations, the Pacific Coast is Ecuador’s second most diverse world. There you can find heavenly beaches and cliffs, but also mangrove and dry tropical forests that give the Ecuadorian coast a unique personality and offer the traveler ecosystems where you can connect with the Ecuadorian fauna and flora.
Equally biodiverse is the Andes mountain range, which invites you to touch the sky. A region where we find cities like Quito, the first in all of Latin America to be declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site and with a very well preserved center where we can find buildings from colonial times. A ride on the world’s most challenging railroad allows you to enjoy breathtaking colorful landscapes among moors, mountains and historic communities.
The Amazon Rainforest
Finally, the Ecuadorian Amazon, with more than 46,33000 square miles of diversity where more than 13 indigenous communities live and who speak their own languages and preserve their ancestral beliefs and traditions. In terms of its natural value, it is estimated that one out of every ten species of flora and fauna known in the world is found in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Indigenous culture and tradition, other attractions of Ecuador
In addition to Ecuador’s natural wealth, it is also interesting to learn about the numerous indigenous communities that live in the country, inheritors of ancestral habits and other languages that are also part of Ecuadorian culture and history.
A good starting point to get to know the country is the city of Quito, the perfect place to take a Spanish course (the country’s official language) while exploring Ecuador. At Academia Latinoamericana de Español we will help you get to know the country and teach you Spanish so that you can communicate with Ecuadorians and your trip to Ecuador will be even more unforgettable.