Even though it’s the smallest of the Andean countries (about the size of Colorado), Ecuador is full of cultural and natural wonders. The Galapagos Islands, known for their biological diversity and beauty, are just the beginning. Ecuador is home to beautiful indigenous markets with traditional handicrafts sold by the Quechua-speaking natives. Travelers are often drawn to the capital, Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site for being the best-preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America. The adventurous come to climb the many hills and mountains that are home to amazing Incan ruins, as well as visit the country’s many national parks and preserves.