They say it's easier to balance an egg when you're right on the equator.
The town of BaÃ±os, also known as the "Gateway to the Amazon." It's set into the hillside of Tungurahua, or the "Black Giant," Ecuador's largest volcano.
El Manto de la Novia falls near BaÃ±os. It's one of the many falls along the Ruta de Cascadas, a popular cycling trail.
Some hikers climb up from Laguna Quilotoa (elevation 12,841 ft), a water-filled caldera and the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadoran Andes. There are over 25 active and extinct volcanoes in Ecuador.
The Basilica de Nuestra SeÃ±ora del Rosario de Agua Santa in BaÃ±os. The church was built in Gothic style out of volcanic rock from Volcan Tungurahua.
Farmers in the highlands of Ecuador practice soil conservation in cultivating steep slopes in order to improve production within a sustainable framework.
A young girl in the highlands of Ecuador, hoping for some candy from the nice tourists.
A lodge in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, looking fresh after a sudden downpour.
A woolly monkey baby makes himself at home on the shoulder of a young Canadian tourist. This one was rescued from a bus accident. The monkey, not the tourist.
The lodge at the entrance to Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi, reaching a height of 19,347 ft, is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
The small fishing village of Puerto Lopez, set on the east coast of Ecuador.
Isla de la Plata, also known as the "Poor Man's Galapagos," was all this, um...poor, tourist could afford.
Blue-footed boobies on Isla de la Plata. Their nesting grounds are all over the island, and sometimes right on the walking paths.
Two snakes battle over a lizard on Isla de la Plata. You won't see this on the Galapagos.
A local guide, leading tours up the tributaries of the Amazon.
A performer puts on a fire dance near the top of a hill overlooking BaÃ±os. On clear nights from this spot you can see mini lava explosions from the active volcano of Tungurahua.