Andean Region

Ecuador has the world’s first and second UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the inaugural UNESCO World Heritage conference in 1978, 32 sites were initially designated. Every World Heritage Site has a number – site #1 is the Galápagos Islands and #2 is the city of Quito.

It is well known that Ecuador is named after the equator which runs through the country. It is in fact the only country in the world officially named after a geographical feature.

The official name, República del Ecuador, translates as “The Republic of the Equator”.

The summit of Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, is the point on Earth closest to the sun.

Due to the mountain’s location along the equatorial bulge, its summit is the farthest point from the Earth’s core. This also means that Ecuador is the closest country to space.

Tren Crucero adventure in the Andes where they grow a whole range of different coloured roses, trekking in active volcanoes or kayaking in a lake make the Andes the perfect experience.