The renowned American TV host, Jack Hanna, known for his work with animals around the world, came to Ecuador on November 4 and stayed for 18 days.
During his visit he traveled to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and the Ecuadorian Andes, places that became scenarios for six episodes of the well known program "Into the Wild", as well as for scenes that will be presented in 2016 in his new show: “Jack Hanna’s Wild Count Down”.
In a conversation with local media, Hanna expressed his amazement with the progress done by our country in terms of tourism in the last 20 years. "It's one of the best organized countries I've been to", he said with excitement while recalling his experience starting from the time he landed in the Galapagos Islands to the way he was treated by guides and tour operators. "I'm really happy to be back", he added.
Hanna highlighted the wonderful experience he lived with his wife Suzanne in the Galapagos Archipelago; he was fascinated by the number of sea turtles, marine and land iguanas, sea lions and Galapagos tortoises they saw. "How many countries have something like the Galapagos Islands? None!” he stated.
Additionally, he congratulated the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador for its work, especially for the quality of tourist facilities, the environmental protection awareness that exists in the country, and the cleaning job done to the terrains.
Hanna visited the Quito Zoo and highlighted that "the educational value of the Quito [Guayllabamba] Zoo is incredible". He also said he was excited about going to the traditional Otavalo market, where an episode was also filmed.
With the screening of the episodes, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to encourage an increase in the number of visits to Ecuador from tourists from the United States, a market prioritized among the promotion strategies implemented by this Ministry. It also hopes this strategy will make the world want to come visit the country of the four worlds.