Like a great spine rising from the back of the country, the mighty Andes are Ecuador’s most intense geographical feature. In fact, the 20,564-foot peak of Chimborazo is the highest point from the center of the earth, thanks to the equatorial bulge that pushes the mountain nearly 7,000 feet farther into space than the peak of Mount Everest. For visitors, adventure in the Andes is endless. The city of Baños offers hiking, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, and soaking in the region’s many thermal hot springs that are said to have healing properties. Other destinations like Quilotoa and Cuicocha lakes are stunning, as well. And of course, if you’ve always dreamed of having one foot each hemisphere, visit latitude 00° 00’ 00’’ at the Mitad del Mundo for an obligatory photo!