A forgotten land.... My family is from Ecuador, and I've lived there myself. I don't look at travel guides much, but a place you don't hear about is Vilcabamba, in the southeast of the country. It's a valley where many of the indigenous peoples live well into their 90's on average, yet look no more than 40 if that. Animals of all types abound, and the valley itself makes you feel like you've travelled back in time to the old days. Have fun!