Ecuador’s Natural Beauty
Ecuador is home to some of the most fantastic arrays of animals and plants, with its habitats and species on the planet. Despite its relatively small size, it hosts approximately 10% of the world’s biodiversity.
Transected by both the equator and the Andean mountain chain, and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador has four distinct regions each with its own natural and cultural beauty, charm and value.
The coastal region is a mix of beaches, bays and small islands where mangroves and jungles punctuate the coastline, greeting the rich marine life. The Province of Sta. Elena has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
La Sierra or Highlands
Moving eastwards, the highland region is bordered by an avenue of snow-capped volcanoes sporting precious high altitude moorlands (páramos) and rainforests. Volcanos include El Chimborazo, El Cotopaxi and others.
Descending to the east, the mountain landscape gives rise to rivers that flow into humid, lowland Amazon rainforest.
Enchanting Galápagos islands
Lying about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago well known for unique wildlife that once upon a time enthralled by the now ill popular evolutionist, Charles Darwin. Darwin’s once popular theories of “evolution” are now seen as laughable in the face of new DNA discoveries showing the “information” stored in the DNA is impossible to have shown up “just by chance”.
Unfortunately, Ecuador’s natural wealth is threatened by illegal cutting of its forests, unsustainable activities from sectors such as oil and gas, industrial fisheries, logging, mining and infrastructure.
Iconic species such as jaguars, great green macaws and brown-headed spider monkeys are all in jeopardy from the resulting habitat loss.
Ecuador is a beautiful country with 10% of the world’s biodiversityfor all to see and enjoy.