A brand new edition featuring illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring the people and places of the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands to life, at the turn of a page. From the snow-capped peaks of the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the historic Old Town of Quito, all attractions are included to ensure you experience the very best of this diverse destination, whatever your interests. A special 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions not to be missed and provides the editor's choice of exclusive and unique recommendations, including the best museums, churches, markets, wildlife-watching spots, ideas for adventures and tips for families with children. An in-depth 'Places' section features thirteen chapters covering the entire country, including the Unesco Word Heritage City of Cuenca and the fascinating wildlife of the Oriente. All the principal sites along the way are conveniently cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps throughout the guide, to enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance. You will also find a comprehensive 'History' chapter looking back to lost worlds and ancient civilisations, legendary dynasties and battles for independence. Intriguing features explore Ecuador's people, culture, cuisine, environment and more. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides essential practical information, covering transport, accommodation for all budgets, nightlife, eating out, shopping, money, health, visas, language and much more, along with useful contact telephone numbers to help you book activities in advance. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.