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Ecuador is a land of volcanoes. There are over 30 active and non-active peaks in continental Ecuador alone. Most of them are in relative proximity to each other, so that, as you drive along the highways and byways of the country, it’s easy to imagine that these giants are alive and share the valleys between…

The only surviving species of bears native to South America, the Spectacled or Andean bear, with its distinctive eyeglass markings, has become something of an emblematic national treasure to the capital city, Quito. A solitary being, the Andean bear is a diurnal, land dwelling, omnivore, eating a diet that consists principally of vegetation and fruit;…

The Inca Empire had fallen, its gold and treasure pillaged and purged, its King slaughtered and its sun cities left to rot and decay.  Yet the conquistadors were greedy for more, their dreams of kingdoms and lost cities covered in gold only fuelled by their destruction of an empire where the sun never set.  The…