Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galpagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and churches including the ornate Compana de Jesus cathedral. Blogger Conde Nast Traveller gives the scoop on Ecuador!