Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. This small South American Country boasts only 0.02% of the World's land area, and yet it is home to over 10% of all living things. Within its borders are over 1 million species of plant and 1600 bird species, many endemic. The country's backbone is the Andes, soaring to over 6 km above sea-level, and yet it boasts swathes of steaming Amazon Rainforest and high mountain Cloudforest - and its jewel is around 700 miles offshore in the Pacific: The Galapagos Islands.
We were privileged to be able to visit this living ecological museum in April 2001. You will find among these pages information about the birds and wildlife, a travelogue of our trip, details of the places we stayed - and of course lots of photographs... Enjoy!
|Here you will find a little background information about Ecuador, including some suggested reading.|
|This is a day-by-day account of our 3 week trip, taking-in the high-Andes, the steaming Amazon basin, the amazing Cloudforests, and of course the magical Galapagos Islands.|
|Lots of information about the Galapagos Islands - the greatest living biological laboratory on Earth. Includes a photo-gallery from our trip.|
|The Amazon Rainforest is the largest in the World - and whilst we were only on the very edge of the Ecuadorian portion, still 3000 miles from the mouth of the Amazon river - we were nonetheless 20 days' hike distance from the nearest road - at Kapawi Eco Reserve. Here you will find some information and photographs from this wonderful area.|
|The Cloudforests are unique in terms of the localised diversity of species - with many species particular to only a few mountainsides. We spent several days at Bellavista Reserve - and here you will find some photographs and information.|
|Cotopaxi is one of the highest Volcanoes in Ecuador - capped in Glaciers virtually on the Equator. This region boasts access to the unique high-altitude Paramo. Find out more...|
|Quito is a unique Andes city - though its an interesting and challenging place to visit...|
All content and images © Igor Czajkowski 2002