I didn't know much about Ecuador except the Galapagos islands so as I arrived in Quito, my initial planned was to be in the country for 2 weeks and move on to Peru. What I did not realize though was the how much more to Ecuador than it is advertise. Did you know that there are more bird species in Ecaudor than in North America and Europe combined!? Did you know that Ecuador has one of the most concentrated numbers of volcano in an area!? Did you know that there are so many volcanos here, you can be busy hiking them for weeks!? Did you know that you can go off and hike 3 - 4 volcanoes right from Quito and came back and sleep in the city? Me neither! Ecuador is truly a hikers' and nature lover's paradise!
Instead of spending only 2 weeks, I spent a whole month traveling around Ecuador. I haven't seen so many animals in my life! I probably seen more animals traveling for a month in Ecuador than in my entire life! I hiked a bunch of volcanoes around Quito (Pichincha, Quilotoa, and Cotopaxi) for a week before heading up north to Mindo, tubed down a river, and swam in the waterfall before heading to the Amazon for 4 days. Let just say that the Amazon is an unforgiving place and there are some crazy monsters in there as you will see in the video. And of course, Galapagos where I took a 6 days cruise around the Isabela island, swam with sea lions, sharks and sea turtles, had up close experience with the iguanas, the penguins, and the blue foot boobies. It was one of the most spectacle moment of my life being around these animals on a deserted part of the world and seeing how they live. From Galapagos, I hopped from Guayaquil to Cuenca and eventually to Vilcabamba before crossing the border to Peru.