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5. Amazon Jungle
The Amazon rainforest covers the eastern third of Ecuador. It is also called the Oriente. Ecuador's Amazon region is divided into six provinces: Sucumbios, Orellana, Napo, Pastaza, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe.

The Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve are only some of the more impressive natural attractions found in this region. Several ethnic groups co-exist with the exuberant nature found in the Amazon and include the Huaoranis, Shuar and Achuar. These ancient tribes are struggling to maintain their customs in the face of an encroaching world. With the help of international groups, some tribes are embracing eco-tourism as an adjunct to their lifestyles.

6. Esmeraldas & Manabi: the North Coast of Ecuador
The beaches stretching from the Colombian border to Ayampe make up this region and includes the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi. The main cities are Esmeraldas (home to Ecuador's Afro-American population), Atacames, Bahia and Manta. Besides the beach resorts, other worthwhile attractions are the world's largest remaining Mangrove forest, abundant wildlife and seasonal whale watching in the waters of Machalilla National Park and the world's only tropical dry forest.

7. Guayaquil and the "Route of the Sun"
This section includes Ecuador's largest city and principal port, Guayaquil. It also includes the resort town of Salinas located on Punta Elena and the so called Pacific "Route of the Sun." The "Route of the Sun" is characterized by quaint beach towns and hip surfing villages.

8. Galapagos Islands
The enchanted archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin to envision the theory of Evolution – the Galapagos Islands – is Ecuador's most famous attraction. The islands straddle the Equator 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Among the most important islands in the archipelago are: Baltra, where the airport is located, Santa Cruz, Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela and Floreana. Galapagos was declared a National Park in 1959; a Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1979; Reserve of Marine Resources in 1986; Whale Sanctuary in 1990 and a Marine Biology Reserve in 1996

We hope you enjoy discovering these distinct regions of Ecuador!

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