Ecuador is an incredibly beautiful country, with nearly every type of dramatic landscape packed into its small area. There are world-famous beaches on the coast, which is always warm due to Ecuadorís location straddling the equator. The country climbs quickly to the highlands, nestled in the breathtaking peaks of the snow-capped mountain range of the Andes. The Andes drop off suddenly to the Amazon basin, where thick rainforest covers the mighty river. Active volcanoes and clear waterfalls dot the countryside, and Incan ruins lay hidden in remote spots. Ecuador is truly an adventure travelerís paradise!