Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the most geographically diverse countries of its size in the world. Cotopaxi, the world's highest active volcano, is part of the extraordinary Volcano Alley, where the Pan-American highway threads its way south from Quito through a number of huge volcanoes. Riobamba is near the famous Chimborazo volcano, and the famous 'Nariz del Diablo' train runs from there.

Esmeraldas is a popular coastal beach and town, while there are numerous places to visit in the Amazon basin. There was an attempted coup in September 2010 but the country remains safe to visit, and is at the forefront of the 21st Century socialist movements on the continent. Ecuador has the first constitution to recognize the rights of nature.

Country

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Why you should go:

Because its politics could change the world.

Why you shouldn't:

You just want to go somewhere and switch off.

Map of Ecuador