The phrase ‘small is beautiful' could have been coined specifically with Ecuador in mind. By South American standards, Ecuador is tiny, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity. Here, one can watch dawn break over the jungle canopy, have lunch high in the Andes, then watch the sun slip into the Pacific Ocean—all on the same day. Lying just over 600 miles offshore are the Galapagos Islands, inspiration for Darwin's theory of evolution and without a doubt the greatest wildlife show on Earth. Footprint's highly acclaimed guide is essential for all travelers wishing to get to grips with this small but perfectly formed country.
Robert & Daisy Kunstaetter, who have been based in Ecuador since 1993, have contributed to many different Footprint titles over the years, including the South American Handbook and, since the first edition, Ecuador & Galapagos.