Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles from continental Ecuador, these 19 islands (Archipiélago de Colón) 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 Galápagos are a melting pot of marine species.
Qhapaq Ñan is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defense network of roads, covering more than 18,000 miles through one of the world’s most extreme geographical terrains, linking the snowcapped peaks of the Andes to the coast — running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts.
Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park is a protected area in northeastern Ecuador, situated in the provinces of Napo and Orellana in two sectors: the area of the Sumaco volcano and its adjacent areas and the Cordillera de Galeras. In 2010, UNESCO declared the park a Biosphere Reserve.