Ecuador's biggest drawcard is the opportunity to visit the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands that inspired Darwin. Creatures like giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and dainty red crabs potter about and are relatively unafraid of their human visitors, offering an up-close experience you won't find elsewhere. Inland, Ecuador's chain of volcanos offers spectacular scenery you can explore on a hike, or even by luxury train. Don't forget the Ecuadorian Amazon; you can meet even more wildlife here at a lodge set deep in the steamy cloud forest or rainforest - conveniently just 3 hours from Quito. Ecuador offers so many experiences itself and can be easily combined with neighbouring Colombia or Peru or other destinations the continent to tailor-make your itinerary.