HEART OF T H E E Q UAT O R WO R D S : LY N N N I C H O L S O N M any think of Ecuador as a destination only for the very rich or highly experienced traveler. Yet, with so much to offer and the recent availability of low cost flights, Ecuador should move to the top of your list. Ecuador gets its name from its position on the equator, in the north-west of the South American continent. It borders only Peru and Colombia and owns the Galapagos Islands, 1000km west of Ecuador’s coast, which is famous for abundant and unique wildlife. Mainland Ecuador has a coastal plain, a mountainous center (part of the Andes mountain range) and the lowland forest of the Amazon basin to the east. www.internationallifestylemagazine.com Robert Fernandez Bucheli, CoFounder and CEO of Mountain Views Inn (MVI), has created several vacation packages with itineraries that incorporate both the biodiversity of Ecuador’s natural wonder and the essence of its unique culture. No matter what you are looking for in a holiday, you can find it at MVI. Leave all stress and worry of planning behind, as your vacation includes all tours, activities and meals.