Neighbouring Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a relatively small country that nevertheless offers an enticing array of scenic landscapes, diverse wildlife species and interesting cities. Dense Amazon rainforest, towering Andean mountain peaks, palm-fringed Pacific Coast beaches and fascinating historical sites are all part and parcel of Ecuador’s prolific charms. The former Inca town of Cuenca is the nation’s third-largest city and a Unesco World Heritage Site. This alluring city, with its cobbled streets, beautiful architecture and photogenic plazas, boasts a huge variety of museums and art galleries. The vibrant capital city of Quito is also worth a visit. Arguably the most dazzling jewel in Ecuador’s crown is the Galapagos Archipelago in the Pacific, about 1000 kilometres west of the mainland. Their magnificent, pristine landscapes and prolific wildlife, which inspired Charles Darwin, have made this cluster of islands a world-famous travel destination.
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Located on Ecuador's Pacific coast, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez is set in the scenic Manabí Province. This laid-back village is known for its perfect setting and ecotourism opportunities. It possesses a welcoming charm and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent Machalilla National Park which features incredible natural scenery and some of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador. Isla de La Plata lies just off the coast and boasts breathtaking landscapes and an abundance of endangered wildlife including blue-footed boobies, and, depending on the season, albatrosses, and frigate birds. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of other wonderful activities such as: browsing the morning fish market, sampling local freshly caught seafood, enjoying the warm tropical days, visiting the indigenous community of Agua Blanca and strolling along the pristine Playa Los Frailes to name just a few.