This small Andean country hosts a wonderful array of exciting destinations. Situated in the heart of the Andes, the capital city Quito is the perfect starting point for any itinerary in this diverse country. From Quito, there are easy day trips to explore the haciendas and Andean market towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi to the north, or the dramatic volcanoes such as Cotopaxi and the imposing Chimborazo to the south, while further south Cuenca is a World Heritage city renowned for its architecture and for being the birthplace of the Panama hat.
Leaving the Andean landscape behind, the Amazon rainforest displays one of the world’s highest biodiversity rates allowing for, amongst many others, the discovery of giant otters, dolphins and 13 species of monkey. The Amazon rainforest’s interest does not stop at just wildlife, however, with the region presenting immense human interest in the form of the Cofani, Shuar, Secoya and Huarani tribes to name but a few.
Not withstanding the natural beauty throughout the country, surely Ecuador’s most famous destination is the Galapagos Islands. Located 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) off the mainland at the meeting point of three major oceanic currents, the archipelago, made up of 13 major islands, six minor islands and 40 islets, is a true natural wonder. Boasting unique wildlife such as land and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and abundant marine and bird life, the archipelago has the highest rate of endemic species anywhere in the world. Historically the islands have shaped the way in which we now see the natural world with the roots of Darwin’s theory of evolution found here and later published in his groundbreaking book The Origin of Species. First discovered by boat, this continues to be the most effective means of exploring the islands, both on land and under water.
For those looking to combine fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary wildlife in one country, Ecuador is without doubt an informed choice.
Experience three of the world's most fascinating destinations in one trip: the Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest, and Galapagos Islands.
Highlights: Observe tropical wildlife in the Amazon + Swim with sea lions in the Galapagos.Enquire Now
The ideal introduction to Ecuador, this comprehensive programme includes the diverse mainland highlights as well as a visit to the magnificent Galapagos Islands.
Quito, Cotacachi, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Riobamba, Cuenca, Cajas National Park, Gualaceo, Guayaquil, Galapagos.
Explore the Amazon rain forest from the base of a unique and luxurious ecolodge: Napo Wildlife Center in the Ecuador Amazon.
Highlights: Observe tropical wildlife in the Amazon - View the forest from a canopy tower.Enquire Now
Experience the diversity of Ecuador. Towering Andean peaks, steam belching volcanoes, tropical rainforests and fast moving river currents await you. Appropriate for guests 12 years and older.
Highlights: Whitewater rafting in the Amazon - Cruise two miles by canopy zip-line.
This active family adventure allows you to explore the islands at your own pace. Zip-line through a cloud forest, hang out with sea lions on remote beaches, have a surf lesson, snorkel with friendly sharks, and meet local Galapagueños.
Highlights: Traverse a cloud forest canopy zip-line + Swim with sea lions in the Galapagos.
M/Y Coral 1 is comfortable with thoughtful interior and exterior distributions, Corals I is attractively decorated, deceptively spacious vessel with cozy, fullyequipped cabins. Recommended for the adventurous visitor who demands a closer encounter with the ocean’s waters…