Venture away from Ecuador’s colourful cities and you’ll experience a completely different view of this beautiful land. For a country about the same size as the state of Colorado, its diverse natural attractions pack a powerful punch, with cloud-brushing volcanic peaks, golden beaches, emerald-green lakes and dense rainforests.
Meet inquisitive sea lions, spot sun-bathing iguanas on isolated lunar-like islands and watch brightly coloured hummingbirds flit past as you hike jungle trails. Don’t overlook the human element, either; spend time with the friendly people who live in rural locations for a taste of Ecuadorean life far from the tourist hubs.
Our experts have picked out seven of their favourite adventures in Ecuador.