Ecuador is an incredible culturally and naturally rich country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape includes deep Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and epic wildlife on the volcanic Galápagos Islands.
Set high in the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2850m, Quito is the capital, known for its largely intact Spanish colonial architecture and the first UNESCO World Heritage site to be named! Decorated with 16th- and 17th-century palaces and churches it includes the ornate Compañía de Jesús cathedral.
Stay at an authentic Hasienda, visit vast rose farms, climb one of the numerous valcanoes such as Cotopaxi, stay at an eco lodge in the Cloud Forest, see mountain villages, colourful markets and sun-drenched beaches. Discover the Equadorian landscape and its warm-hearted people. Both are cultural treasures of this amazing country.
For a vastly different wildlife experience, take an journey into the wilds of the Galápagos Islands. Experience first-hand the lumbering giant tortoise, land and marine iguana – uniquely adpated to their envinroment. The Galapagos is like something out of a prehistoric movie.
Swim with penguins, turtles, hammerhead sharks, sea lions and a vast array of marine life! See Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, Great Frigatebirds, lava lizards, vibrant “Sally lightfoot’ crabs and a host of other unusual species up close and personal.
On land and sea, the famed wildlife paradise of the Galápagos Islands will take you in to a wild place – and leave you wanting more.