tour starts in the capital of Quito followed by a flight to Santa
the Galapagos Islands. The following 7 days are spent diving in
various dive sites around the islands, spending evening in
Based in South America, bordering the
Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru
History: The earliest historical details of Ecuador, date back
only as far as the 11th century A.D Before the Inca conquest of
the area that comprises modern-day Ecuador, the region was inhabited by
four culturally related Indian groups; the Esmeralda, the Manta,
the Huancavilca, and the Puná. They occupied the coastal lowlands from
north to south.
The first Spaniards landed in northern Ecuador in 1526. Despite the
fact that there were no major uprisings, life was difficult for the
locals under Spanish rule. Spain ruled the colony from Lima, Peru,
until 1739, when it was transferred to the viceroyalty of Colombia.
The "Republic of the Equator" emerged from the collapse
of Gran Colombia in 1830 and then later lost some of its territories to
its neighbours between 1904 and 1942. A border war with Peru flared in
1995 but was resolved in 1999.