Ecuador

City of Quito (Ecuador)

Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles.

Podocarpus and El Cóndor National Parks, Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve and Santiago-Comaina Reserved Zone (Ecuador, Peru)

The Podocarpus and El Cóndor National Parks, Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve and Santiago-Comaina Reserved Zone covers an area of over 2.6 million acres between southern Ecuador and northern Peru. It is considered to be one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the world.

Archipielágo de Colon (Galápagos Islands) National Park, Marine Reserve and Biosphere Reserve (Ecuador)

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km (620 mi) 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 Galápagos are a melting pot of marine species.

Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru)

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. The road links the snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the coast, running through hot rain forests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts.