Ecuador is the undisputed King of flora and fauna. The Andes Cordillera runs through its capital, Quito
, as the strongest of backbones, whilst the Amazonian rainforest extends its never-ending grasp to the east and the Galapagos Islands
offer a paradise for researchers and enthusiasts alike. The highlands of the country are the lands of the Quechua Indians, a people of ancestral traditions and famously colourful costume, and its coastline stretches out along the Pacific Ocean with grey sand beaches and staggeringly high cliffs. With Colombia
to the north and Peru
to the south, this little Latin American haven should be at the top of any adventurer's wishlist.