A small nation on a large continent, Ecuador strives to establish itself as one of the must-see places in the Americas. The country's varied and beautiful landscape includes fertile plains, rolling hills and a variety of rivers that rush from the heights of the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It boasts hundreds of miles of coastline featuring attractive beaches and a wide assortment of hotels and resorts for tourists. And, perhaps above all else, it is home to one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the entire world - the Galapagos Islands.

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Andeas Mountains

I just returned from an exquisite photography expedition to extraordinary Ecuador to photograph hummingbirds and other exotic wildlife. The lodge where I stayed afforded me the opportunity to get up close and personal to the hummers in their natural habitat high in the Andeas mountains. I observed more than 40 different species over the course of two weeks. I had the good fortune of holding not one, not two, but three different hummingbirds in the palm of my hand during my adventure. This was positively the highlight of my trip as the energy they exude is beyond comparison with any other animal in the universe. Ecuador is a country rich with so many different bird species both with intense colour and immense diversity. I would love to go back to Ecuador and explore the Galapagos Islands which is brimming with many other species found nowhere else on the planet. I was fortunate to capture many excellent shots in the 3,000 images I took and the only difficulty I have now, is trying to decide which ones to frame and mount? What a wonderful dilemma it is indeed.

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Lori S., London