Ecuador offers a number of tour programs for tourists. Tourist promotions and information are handled by the ministry of tourism. A valid passport is required by everyone who wants to visit Ecuador. There are a variety of tours to Ecuador. The country offers scuba diving, whale watching, climbing, trekking, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Tours are also offered to the Galapagos Islands. Other Ecuador tours include bird watching, water skiing, horse riding, fishing tours, jungle tours, and self adventure tours.

Ecuador offers a number of attractions to the tourists. Ecuador's tour options include visits to hot springs, national parks, museums, volcanoes, churches and beaches. Normally, 60-day or 90-day visa passes are issued to foreign nationals who intent to visit Ecuador. Although Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, it is the most diverse. From Amazon rainforest to snow capped volcanoes, and tropical beaches to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador has a lot to offer.

The Galapagos Islands are a magnificent group of islands off the coast of Ecuador. The Islands are underwater volcanic formations. These islands are a paradise of unique flora and fauna. These beautiful islands are home to penguins, sea lions, iguanas and hundreds of other exotic species. The Amazon jungle-rainforest contains more than 20 percent of earth's vascular plant species. One can learn about different cultures and lifestyles, and see how the local people use the rainforest's medicinal plants. One can also explore the varied wildlife, from the smallest of monkeys to the world's largest snake, the anaconda. The best of Ecuador's tours include bird watching, and the country has 15 percent of all known bird species. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is a cultural center and a World Heritage Site. The largest seaport is GuayaquĆ­l, which is also a gateway to beautiful beaches. A wide variety of adventure tours ranging from cycling to white water rafting are also offered.

Source by Kent Pinkerton

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