Ecuador gets its name from the fact that it is crossed by the Equatorial Line. Ecuador is a country full of diverse cultures, climates and landscapes. Ecuador’s impressive natural diversity is due to two circumstances that enjoys their greatest confluence in the Andes of South America. First, Ecuador’s “Middle of the World” location means that Ecuador enjoys a vastly greater diversity of vegetation than say temperate regions. Second, Ecuador’s biological diversity is greatly enhanced by the range in altitudes that the Andes mountain affords the landscape.
A trip to the Galapagos Islands will be the journey of your lifetime. The Galapagos Islands are located 600 miles off the Pacific coastline and are Ecuador’s most popular attraction. Pristine red and white sanded beaches, coastlines dominated by giant mangroves, ocean waters filled with multicolored life forms and animals that still behave as though man were no enemy, truly make the Galapagos the enchanted islands.
Discover the active volcanoes, tropical islands, beautiful scenery and colonial architecture of Central America’s largest country. Nicaragua is a fascinating Central American country with coastal beauty, pre-Columbian history and numerous outdoor activities. Enjoy the contrasts of two exciting coasts along the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Whatever you're looking for it has it all -- bustling cities and isolated villages, luxury hotels and rustic ecolodges, dense rainforest and wide-open beaches. You can swing from a hammock or zip over a forest, sail around islands, or surf down a volcano. Explore Granada, an ancient worn-looking church with a beautiful interior, view the always active Mayasa Volcano and relax on some of the best beaches in Central America.