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Wildlife Trips in Ecuador

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Ecuador straddles the Equator and is home to a great many species, many of which are endemic to Ecuador. The fact that it has three very different geographical regions: Pacific coastal, Andean and Amazon habitats and climatic zones, all within a relatively small area, provides the basis for Ecuador’s astonishing diversity of wildlife.

This small country is the greatest for its size in South America for birdlife, with 15% of the world’s known bird species. 1600 bird species have been recorded on the mainland, and a further 38 more which are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Two of the best places in Ecuador to visit for bird lovers are the Mindo Cloudforest or the Amazon Rainforest.

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The Galapagos Islands have never been connected with the continent. Gradually, over many hundreds of thousands of years, animals and plants from over the sea somehow migrated there and as time went by they adapted themselves to Galapagos conditions and came to differ more and more from their continental ancestors. Thus many of them are unique: a quarter of the species of shore fish, half of the plants and almost all the reptiles are found nowhere else. In many cases different forms have evolved on the different islands. You can discover the wildlife of the Galapagos on a cruise, sailing to several islands or staying on one island and taking day trips to others.

Those who are not able to visit the Galapagos may wish to visit Isla de la Plata instead. This small island has a large diversity of animal species including several species of booby and the South American sea lion.

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