Travel and Tourism - Ecuador & the Galapagos - November 2016
“Ecuador is one of the world’s greatest ‘mega-diverse’ countries, home to countless natural wonders and extraordinarily numerous wildlife that inhabit the unique regions of La Sierra in the high Andes, the coastal regions of La Costa in the west and the Amazon rainforest that is El Oriente in the east. Its fourth region, the Galápagos Islands has some of the world’s highest levels of endemism and is a leading global attraction. Tourism to Ecuador reached new heights in 2014 as a result of innovative and progressive marketing initiatives, and while economic conditions are presently difficult it is clear the country offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience.”
- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst
By comparison with any destination worldwide, Ecuador offers a very strong product. Visitors have a choice of diverse and unusual wildlife, adventure tourism (including rafting, hiking and climbing), marine tourism (including diving, snorkelling and sailing), culture, even one of the world’s great railway journeys. It also offers tourists the opportunity of a two-centre holiday – the mainland and the Galápagos Islands, which appeals to many visitors looking to have as much variation on their trip as possible.