Ecuador

Famed across the world for the unique Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a small country offering visitors much more than what you would believe from looking at its size. If you can imagine a country in which the difference of a mere few hours could be the difference between hiking in the majestic Andean mountains or exploring the lush amazon basin, or relaxing on the Pacific coastline as a Humpback Whale flips its tail to welcome you, then you can imagine Ecuador. And that’s not all, aside from being one of the most bio diverse countries on the planet, Ecuador has an unparalleled wealth of culture and history from a mix of ancient indigenous civilizations, Spanish conquerors, and African slaves. A verifiable melting pot of culture and natural wonders.

The Ecuadorian Amazon basin is not only the Lungs of the Planet but also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Huge kapok trees provide shade to more than 4,000 species of vascular plants creating the perfect conditions to host more than 300 species of mammals, 800 species of birds, 350 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 70,000 species of insects! Remain silent and keep your wits about you and you may be one of the lucky few who catch a glimpse of a jaguar, an animal steeped in mystery and ritual for the indigenous people. You will also have the chance to visit and learn about the indigenous communities, ancient keepers and guardians of this natural wonderland. With one of the world’s best-developed infrastructures in the Amazon and only a few hours from the country’s capital Quito, a trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon is as easy and accessible as it is breathtaking and fascinating.

As if stunning landscapes weren’t prize enough, the Andes offer visitors to these lofty heights, culture, nature, and adrenaline. Take a trip here and you can learn about Ecuador’s history and Andean traditions as you haggle for a bargain at traditional indigenous markets, wander through charming colonial cities, or spend a night gazing at the star filled night in a historic hacienda. This region is also a hot spot for nature, having its own endemic species and providing a level of biodiversity to rival the Amazon. Furthermore, the Andes geographical characteristics offers thrill seekers the possibility to practice adventure or extreme sports, like rafting, rock climbing, horse riding and mountain biking.

The Ecuadorian coast is the perfect destination to relax and unwind whilst sipping a tropical cocktail looking out over the crystal waters of the Pacific Ocean, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is all it has to offer. Only a few resorts operate on the beaches, so visitors can have an authentic experience without being surrounded by hundreds of people. In addition, travelers looking for nature can explore the unique dry and semi-dry tropical forests or take a boat trip out on the seas and treat themselves to the magical sight of a Humpback Whale making it way south for winter. As well as many water sports, hikes on deserted beaches  and snorkeling,  a visit to Ecuador’s coastal region would not be complete without tasting some of the delicious seafood.

Only few places on earth can claim to be an ideal destination for any type of tourist, but The Galapagos Islands are one of them. Due to the astonishing combination of diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and exciting activities, the Galapagos Islands are a once in a lifetime trip that no other could rival. Families with small children, groups, and couples will all share unforgettable moments observing, swimming, or snorkeling with otherworldly wildlife. Furthermore, they will learn Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in his living laboratory! And the whole experience will take place in one of the most pristine environments on Earth.