The best things in life come in small packages, and this is certainly the case in Ecuador. Not only does Ecuador have all of the diversity mentioned in the last three points but it is also within an area the size of the state of Nevada or the United Kingdom and Belgium put together. The majority of international airlines offer daily flights to Ecuador from North America, South America, and Europe. Modern international airports in Quito and Guayaquil, a good internal air and land transport system, and a wide range of hotels and touristic services, all make it easy for travellers to explore Ecuador.
The distances are always short: one country and four worlds which can be seen in just ten days. The national airlines connect the country’s main cities with several flights a day during the week. This means that it is easy to explore all of this diversity in a short period of time and it means that travelling within the country itself is quick and flexible. Larger countries have the main attractions further apart, and require more careful planning in order for the traveller to visit all of what he or she wishes to. However, in Ecuador, there is nothing longer than a 14-hour bus-ride from the capital, making one’s travel planning very flexible. Ecuador is a destination that offers various alternatives: from adventure tourism to ecotourism, bird-watching, agrotourism, volunteering, history and culture, water sports, incentive and convention travelling, Spanish courses … The options are endless.
Ecuador has a geographic area of 256,370 km2, and is made up of four regions which vary from the topographic diversity of the Amazons, to the natural and cultural beauty of the Andes, to the ecological beaches of the Coast, to the legendary Galapagos Islands. Each region represents a unique ecosystem. The country boasts the largest diversity in the world by square kilometer.