Ecuador is like South America in miniature, a nation defined by both the Andes and the Amazon, with a beguiling blend of colonial charm, vibrant indigenous culture and some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. Named after the Equator on which it sits, it’s a country with a surprisingly diverse landscape, from the jungles and cloud forests of the interior to the snow-capped peaks of the sierra. Cities like Quito and Cuenca typify what makes Ecuador special, fusing beautiful Spanish colonial architecture with bustling Andean markets, while the jungles of the Oriente are home to indigenous communities that still practise shamanism.
Ecuador’s crown jewels are the incomparable Galapagos Islands, the volcanic archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The islands are home to an amazing array of unique endemic species, from the gaudy blue-footed booby to the dinosaur-like marine iguana, the world’s only seafaring lizard. Access to this fragile habitat is carefully controlled so the animals have no fear of humans, allowing you to observe them at close quarters, almost as if you were in your own David Attenborough documentary.
Unique trekking amid the volcanic Galapagos archipelago and enjoy in this tour.
Explore the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' and discover the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca on this fascinating trip to Ecuador.
On this trip we combine the main highlights of Ecuador with a visit to the 'Enchanted Isles' of the Galapagos, staying in hotels on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands. We visit a bustling Indian market in Otavalo, tour the colonial capital Quito and explore the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes. We also discover the captivating world of the Galapagos Archipelago as we search for rare species of wildlife.
The holiday of a lifetime for nature lovers as explore Ecuador's cloud forest and stay on three of the Galapagos Islands.
This holiday of a lifetime is a must for lovers of nature. Explore Ecuador's incredible cloud forest, before discovering remarkable landscapes and unique wildlife when you stay on three of the UNESCO-listed Galapagos Islands.