A trip to the Galapagos Archipelago is the dream of all wildlife enthusiasts. On the Enchanted Islands, where Charles Darwin developed his evolution theory, the animals don't have natural enemies and are not afraid of man. You can snorkel with sea lions, observe giant tortoises in its natural habitat, and swim with native penguins in the turquoise island waters of the Pacific. Hike through volcanic landscapes of lava rock and experience natural history in this animal paradise.
The magnificent Andes, the world’s longest mountain range, form Ecuador’s backbone. Travel the Volcano Avenue by car or by train to admire the snowcapped volcanoes, some still active, and stay in historic haciendas. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a wide variety of hikes, treks, bike routes and climbs to explore the highlands. This region, also known as La Sierra, offers many cultural experiences: colonial heritage, colorful markets and traditional artworks, Inca ruins and homestay with indigenous families.
Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest is a biodiversity hotspot, home to an incredible large number of animals and plants. You can observe exotic birds, brightly colored frogs, bizarre insects, as well as howler monkeys, river dolphins and giant otters to name a few. The Amazon lodges are the base for a range of activities, such as hiking, birdwatching, canoeing and rafting. We also offer cultural trips to learn about the indigenous people who have been living in the jungle for centuries.
Ecuador’s coast line offers white sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and traditional fishing villages. Nature lovers should not miss the mangroves with excellent dolphin and bird watching, or the whale watching trips, available from June to September. There are great sites for surfing, snorkeling and diving in the generally warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Taste Ecuador’s typical sea food dishes, visit the archeological sites of the ancient Valdivia culture, and stay in a relaxing beach resort.