I traveled to Ecuador in June of 2008 with an awesome group of students from Poolesville High School. Our 9 day journey included three days in the Galapagos Islands, a day trip to Cotopaxi National Park, and a number of days in and around the environs of Quito. I returned to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in July of 2011 on an individual trip. Ecuador is politically and economically stable country with a strong emerging middle class.
The history of pre-Inca Ecuador is lost in time and legend. It is
commonly believed that Asian nomads reached the South American
about 12,000 BC and were later joined by Polynesian colonizers. It is
that centuries of tribal expansion, warfare and alliances existed among
pre-Incan peoples until the arrival of the Incas around 1450 AD.
fierce opposition, the conquering Incas soon held the region, helped by
leadership and policies of intermarriage. War over the inheritance of
Inca kingdom weakened and divided the region on the eve of the arrival