Travel Spotting: Spotlight on Ecuador

Ecuador

Ever since the year 2,000 (Remember when we used to call it that?) Ecuador has adopted the US dollar as its official currency. This means that we Americans don’t have to worry about changing our money over, or getting confused about the difference between a quarter and a 2-dollar coin (Canada, I am talking to you).

The equator is one of the first things we learn about in grade school (and probably a pretty good place to get a tan). Ecuador is the only country that allows you to visit the site where the equator was first measured in 1735. They even put up a snazzy museum so you can educate yourself in between drunken tanning sessions.

Unless you have been living under a rock (or a huge tortoise shell), you know what the Galapagos Islands are. You probably know that Charles Darwin studied the species on the Galapagos as part of his life’s work on evolution. Whenever I walk into something like this, I like to look into planned-out guided tours so I make sure to soak up as much of it as I possibly can. Luxury touring companies, like Jacada Travel, offer packages that expose you to all sorts of activities you might not normally get to experience. Their Amazon/Ecuador package immerses you in the Amazon rainforests where you spent time with indigenous tribes, then guides you through an exploration of pre-Incan pyramids and equestrian activities.

Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world with 46 different ecosystems. The country also hosts 10% of all the world’s plant species and has 4,500 types of butterflies alone. Besides the Galapagos, you also have a coastline, highlands, and jungles, each with their own climate, plant-life, and animals. Basically its like the Costco of Countries-something for everyone.

Ecuador

Ecuador

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By Gary
Gary is the gay guy that every girl wants to be, and every guy wants to be with (Mostly because he can't get pregnant). He is based in Manhattan, but loves traveling to exotic new people, and sleeping with interesting new places. He is an adventurous writer, digital artist, and game designer that will try almost anything if it makes a good story. --Instagram: @garyadrianrandall --Twitter: @gadrianrandall

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    Ecuador sounds so cool, i would love to visit sometime, thank you for the insight guys, it really means a lot. i felt like i was there in that moment when i was reading through the article. I love travelling a lot,it reminds me some time last year when i visited the Robben Island, Cape Town, i had an amazing time, you can check it out guys capetown.travel, the trip advisers were so helpful, they made my trip captivating, they knew what they were doing and seemed knowledgeable, you can check Iconic Africa trip advisers too guys