Ecuador is also, of course, the place to experience the incredible Galapagos Islands, a unique place where you can spend days walking amongst iguanas and blue footed boobies, or swimming with penguins and sea lions.
Animals in the Galapagos Islands are used to human presence and exhibit no fear. You can easily move around nesting frigate birds, gaze at iguanas and giant tortoises, cosy up to blue-footed boobies and cormorants, go near sea lions, and watch penguins and fur seals do their thing. Albatrosses, flamingos, different types of finches and other birds enthral everyone, not just birdwatchers. Take to the sea and swim with turtles, dolphins, sea lions and penguins. Corals and schools of colourful fish make snorkelling so much fun. For divers, there are few places better than the Galapagos. With its rich and varied marine life, breeding season is when the sea really comes to life. Sharks and whales are commonly sighted during this time. Sailing, kayaking and hiking are some of the other popular activities on the islands.