Journeying from the jungle–visit Ecuador’s Amazon Basin Jungle in El Oriente (The East) to view our adventures there–to the mountains on the same day meant totally readjusting our minds and bodies again. We left the Napo River (2,500 ft.) for the Andes at 12,000 to 15,000 ft. elevation. The weather transitioned from 150% humidity and 85o […]
Ecuador is a relatively small country compared to most of its South American neighbors. In fact over the years, both Peru and Colombia have stolen border lands from Ecuador. Straddling the Equator that gives the country its name, it has incredible geographical and bio-diversity, with four very different regions: isolated islands, cloud forest, volcanic mountains, and Amazon jungle. Its huge range of animal species makes Ecuador one of the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. With its first human population tracing back to almost 9,000 B.C.E., many cultures have stamped lasting impressions on Ecuador–particularly the Incan and Spanish Empires. But now its biggest tourist attraction is the archipelago of The Galapagos, with hundreds of animal species, many unique to this ecological system. The Walleighs visited all four geographical regions: the Galapagos; quaint yet modern Quito and the Andes’ still-active Avenue of the Volcanoes; Bellavista Cloud Forest; and the Amazon Basin jungle along the Napo River.