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Ecuador is the smallest of the Andes’ states in South America and a land that
derived its name from the Equator. A natural paradise with a living Indian
culture and captivating colonial towns that was once part of the Inca Realm and
later the sought-after possession of various European colonial powers.
Quito, the "divine city", is the capital of Ecuador. Steep and narrow
steps lead downhill to the Centro Historico in which many of its small buildings
have been rebuilt several times due to devastating earthquakes. In 1536,
Quito was newly founded and built on the ruins of an Inca town.
West of Quito the edge of the extinct Pululahua Volcano is accessible by car.
It is the largest volcanic crater in South America and the huge caldera with its
steep slopes has a diameter of four to five kilometres and is hundreds of metres
One and a half hours from Quito are the Termas De Papallacta, the most
beautiful spa baths in Ecuador. Hot springs were discovered here and an
infrastructure built to make them accessible to tourism, an idyllic spot set in
remote nature and at an altitude of around four thousand metres above sea
The southern sierra of Ecuador is a green and fertile landscape. The
Andes is flatter here and the peaks of the volcanoes are free from
snow. This is the most important monument of Incan culture in Ecuador, the
ruins of Ingapirca, a location with a long and dramatic past.
Around a thousand kilometres from Ecuador, within the Pacific Ocean, is a
scattered group of nineteen volcanic islands, the Galápagos Islands and even
below the water there are creatures that seem to come from another world.
Ecuador is truly fascinating due to its vast variety of culture and nature
and its amazing mountain landscapes are the backbone of the
country. Ecuador is a unique adventure where South America is at its most