My Beautiful Ecuador
Ecuador is no bigger than the size of Nevada and can be divided into four distinct regions: the coast, the Sierra, the jungle and the Galapagos Islands.
The Sierra is the region running down the center of Ecuador. It is home to the Andes Mountains or what is called the Avenue of the Volcanoes where you can see beautiful mountains resting amid patch-work farm lands. Below is Cotopaxi one of the many snow-capped mountains you can find here.
Ecuador's jungle makes up the eastern one-third of the country which is
home to unspoiled wilderness and an abundance of animal life. From river dolphins, to 15 species of monkeys, to 500 species of birds, this jungle is very much alive. You can also visit Indigenous villages where people continue to live off the land. This is Cuyabeno Lodge deep in the heart of the Amazon.
One of the things that will leave a mark on visitors is the love and joy that the people of Ecuador exude. Ecuadorian's warmth and true curiosity of you, as a person, is felt immediately.
Ecuador has 1200 miles of coastline consisting of secluded beaches, fishing villages, National Parks, and pure beauty. The Galapagos Islands lie some 1500 miles off the coast of Ecuador and it is where you can have close encounters with fearless wildlife such as penguins, sea lions, and giant tortoises.
Ecuador is a Spanish speaking country with a population of more than 13 million inhabitants. The majority of the people are considered mestizos which is a mix of Spanish and Indian. There is still a large segment of Indigenous, many of whom carry on the language and ways of their Incan ancestry. As many as 20 different groups still exist, each with their own form of dress. Below is a sheep herder from the high Sierra.
Above the Clouds Guest House is situated in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador which is created by the moist air from Pacific Ocean meeting with the cold air from the Andes Mountains, trapping clouds whose moisture fosters a multitude of unique flora and fauna. Here you can find close to 500 varieties of birds such as the famous Andean Cock of the Rock along with thousands of types of plant life including rare orchids and over 1500 types of ferns.