Ecuador & Galapagos
Ecuador is regarded as the hidden gem of South America. Although it’s most famous treasure, the Galapagos Islands, grabs many of the headlines for its unsurpassable ecological diversity, the mainland country split into 3 main parts; coastal Pacific, Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest, has an abundance of its own distinctive and awe-inspiring landmarks. So, don’t just got to Ecuador for The Galapagos, the country also offers amazing wildlife and luxury nature lodges in beautiful locations on the mainland.
On a luxury holiday to Ecuador the adventurous soul may wish to spend time with the Huaorani tribe in the mighty Amazon, taking in Cotopaxi, one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, ride the Devils Nose Railway at Riobamba, or experience the culture and traditional crafts in the Old Town of Quito or Otavalo (known locally as the centre of the world) – not forgetting the Inca ruins of Ingapirca in the Cuenca area.
No travelling experience to Ecuador would be complete without venturing to the Galapagos Islands. Located 600 miles off the coast in the Pacific, and harbouring arguably the most unique eco-system on Earth this archipelago paradise is an absolute must-see. A cruise of the islands is an excellent way to see the vast array of Wildlife or perhaps you would prefer the unique opportunity to stay in an on-land eco-hotel, waking quietly immersed in this exclusive ecosystem is awesome yet tranquil, and, in occasional moments of serendipity, humbling.
it was an amazing trip of a lifetime, stress less from beginning to end…perfect balance of travelling, exploring by ourselves, lounging about and guided trips– M. Healey