Laguna de Cuicocha, Cotacachi, Ecuador: This reserve protects a huge swath of the western Andes. The range of altitudes, from Volcán Cotacachi to the coastal lowland rainforests, means an abundance of biodiversity.
It has always seemed strange," writes Trillin, "that so many American travelers use the mainland as a transit point to the Galápagos." One of the many attractions they miss? Parque Nacional Cajas, a forty-minute drive from Cuenca.