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Explore Ecuador was founded by travelwriter Mandy Seymour.  “During a few exploratory visits to Ecuador, I fell in love with this amazing country,” she says. “Ecuador is enchanting.  It is a must-see on anyone’s travel list looking to find the best Latin America has to offer.”
One summer, Mandy went to Galapagos on assignment.  She stayed in Quito and surrounding areas for a few days before visiting Galapagos.  The Ecuador Travel and Tourism Commission arranged a visit to Ecuador’s Birding and Hiking Circuit, one of Ecuador’s top attractions.  The five-terrain tour is hosted by expert guides with San Jorge Eco-lodges and covers an extensive range of Ecuador’s biodiversity hotspots in a short amount of time.
“I went to Galapagos to see one of the most unique places in the world. Yet I was even more surprised by the abundant biodiversity on Ecuador’s mainland.  Ecuador is a traveler’s, birder’s, and botanist’s dream. It also makes a great living laboratory for professors and students,” Mandy says.
Mandy Seymour toured Galapagos with Rough Guide travelwriter Shafik Meghji.  Find Shafik Meghji’s Rough Guide books here.