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Ecuador is located on the northwestern coast of South America, between Peru to the south and east and Colombia to the north. The famous Galapagos Islands belong to Ecuador, and are located approximately 1,000 kilometers off the coast. Ecuador covers 256,370 square kilometers of land and is the smallest country in South America after Uruguay and the Guyanas.

 

Ecuador is crossed from north to south by the Andes, which divides its continental territory in three big regions, generally known as Costa (Western Lowlands), Sierra (Andes) and Oriente (Amazon). These three regions are no more than a 30 minute flight from each other and at a maximum of eight hours by car, which makes its possible to see dramatic changes in the landscape and sensations in a very short period of time.

 

On each of the different geographical regions of Ecuador exist numerous and varied ecosystems (45 on the Mainland), for which, besides we have an assorted cluster of landscapes that can be traveled across in relatively a few hours.

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So far, 1340 species of fish are registered, of which more than 800 are fresh water fish. Of these, 470 species live on the Napo river basin alone. 415 amphibian species, of which 60% are endemic. 394 reptilian species and 369 mammalian species, 30% are endemic. Each year, many new species are discovered, especially amphibians.

 

Ecuador is second in the world in bird variety, with a total of 1,616 species, (17.9% of the worlds species) of which 52 are endemic. 132 species of hummingbirds that makes 37% of these species in the world. Ecuador has more endemic bird species by square kilometer than the rest of South America and is the country that has more endemic species, surpassing in more than 100% of the rest of South American countries.

 

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Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique living museum and showcase of evolution. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a melting pot of marine species.

Ecuador's IBAs are found not only in national protected areas, but also in urban sites. More than 50 % of Ecuador's IBAs already have tourist facilities and are growing in infrastructure. Morever, Ecuador holds the world's top two endemic bird areas (EBAs).

The Amazon ecosystem, particularly the tropical rainforest, is considered one of the richest and most complex plant and animal biomes in the world. Many important chemical compounds for pharmaceuticals evolved here and many are surely yet to be discovered.

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