Evolution in motion
and The Galapagos
Andes, Amazon & archipelagos
Amazonian rainforests, Andean peaks, foggy cloud forests, the Galápagos Islands and a rich indigenous heritage – all can be found in Ecuador. Split down the middle by a chain of snow-capped volcanoes, the mighty Amazon lies to the east while cloud forests, an untouched coastline and, of course, the awe-inspiring Galápagos Islands lie to the west. One day you will pick through hand-woven wool sweaters at a chilly indigenous mountain market, the next you will be spying howler monkeys through your binoculars in the steamy Amazon jungle.
Having famously inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands are an astonishing living museum of endemic species including marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, giant tortoises and huge cacti. The archipelago draws visitors from around the world, yet careful management ensures that this delicate ecosystem is preserved and protected. Inland, secretive Andean cloud forests harbour all manner of weird and wonderful creatures, waiting to be discovered. Culture vultures will enjoy Ecuador’s rich indigenous heritage, textile markets and pre-Incan sites, and adventure junkies will revel in the unending and largely untapped mountaineering, trekking and horse riding opportunities.
You Will Love
- The Galapagos Islands, the Amazon & the Andean cloud forests
- UNESCO world heritage city of Quito
- Weird and wonderful creatures
- Artisan craft markets and textiles galore
- Active research stations and inspirational conservation projects
- Indigenous, Inca and colonial history
The Galápagos Islands require little introduction. Located 1,000km off Ecuador’s coast at the confluence of three ocean currents, the marine ecosystem here is one of the richest in the world. On land, endemic species roam volcanic landscapes and clouds of Darwin’s famous finches fly overhead. Having famously inspired the Theory of Evolution through Natural Selection, the Galápagos Islands are a living museum, showcasing natural history before your eyes.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is one of the richest biological environments on Earth. Caimans, tapirs, sloths, jaguars, manatees and dolphins are all found here as well as more than 600 species of tropical birds including macaws and toucans. Rain forest walks and kayaking produce exciting encounters and night walks reveal the secretive nocturnal creatures of the forest. Head deep into ancestral lands to interact with the indigenous Kitchwa Añangu community who are integral to maintaining the biodiversity of this unique region.
Quito & beyond
Cradled in a ring of snow-capped volcanoes, Quito is Ecuador’s UNESCO listed high-altitude capital. Following a multi-million dollar restoration project its copious colonial churches and monasteries have been polished to perfection while picturesque plazas and artisan markets buzz with local life. Pretty haciendas, nearby pre-Incan sites and authentic traditional culture mixes with a sophisticated culinary scene, and vibrant nightlife to create city which exists in several centuries at once.
Quito & beyond
Explore the Galápagos by boat
Explore the Galápagos by boat
Delve into Ecuador’s Amazon
Delve into Ecuador’s Amazon
Visit the colourful Otavalo markets
Visit the colourful Otavalo markets
Century old hacienda in the highlands
Sophisticated and eclectic casa
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
Explore one of the world's wildest places
Premier Amazonian eco-lodge
South America's leading green hotel
Little Africa in Galapagos
A tropical garden oasis
Nature’s Paradise – Galapagos & AmazonItinerary Inspiration | In Darwin's footsteps
Centre your journey around visiting both the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rain-forest, with a short stay either side in Quito with its cobbled streets and in Guayaquil with its heritage and colonialism. A wildlife and nature lover's dream of an itinerary, get off-the-beaten track and up and close to nature, its flora and fauna while taking part in a range of activities with guides along the way to cater for your personal tastes.
Ecoventura M/V OriginExpeditionary Cruising | Luxury Galapagos Cruise
Ecoventura alternates two different 7-night itineraries in the Galapagos islands, exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site embarking on guided land excursions while observing local wildlife such as giant tortoises, land iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and more, while travelling on a state of the art luxury vessel in comfort and in style.
Quasar M/Y GraceExpeditionary Cruising | Galapagos Colonial Classic
The M/Y Grace is an authentic classic adventure yacht for those seeking to explore the Galapagos in true style. M/Y Grace’s stellar past includes ownership by millionaire tycoons, royalty and stint in the British Navy. Set aboard the yacht to explore the Galapagos Islands on 7 night journeys with a maximum of 18 guests onboard.
Ecuador Todos!Itinerary Inspiration | The best of...
Spend just over three weeks traversing through the best of Ecuador visiting the Amazon, Cloud Forest, Galapagos and heading into regional areas to get an insight into the nation's culture. Head far off the beaten track where you must travel by canoe, senses are heightened with the sounds of the rainforest, where caiman's are locals and macaws are regular visitors, and where tortoises can create a traffic jam!
Galapagos SkyExpeditionary Cruising | Scuba Diving Live Aboard
Galapagos Sky is a fantastic option for divers. An 8 day itinerary offers a total of 16-18 dives and 2 land excursions on every trip. Visit Wolf and Darwin Islands on every trip - the diving here is arguably the best in the world! Depending on the season, you have the opportunity to see manta rays, schools of hammerheads, and maybe even whale sharks!
Galapagos & Jungle ParadiseItinerary Inspiration | Ecuador's Highlands & Wilderness
Embark on a journey that inspires natural curiosity - perfect for adults, children, nature and wildlife lovers. Enjoy the opportunity to get up and close to seals, to listen to the mating calls of frigate birds, to snorkel past reef sharks and to admire the giant tortoises. Explore nature's surroundings in the water and on hikes, get into the depths of the forest, hear monkey and learn about the flora and fauna of such biodiverse regions.
Haugan MC CormorantExpeditionary Cruising | Galapagos Exploration
The M/C Cormorant catamaran is a marvellous choice to explore the Galapagos Islands and archipelago - the boat a member of the renowned Haugan fleet operating within the Galapagos National Park. A range of itineraries are featured with a duration of 4-15 days will plenty of chances to spot wildlife and to get up and close with the island's resident creatures.
Anakonda Amazon CruisesSet Departure | Amazon River exploration - Ecuador
The Amazon comprises half of the planet’s remaining rainforest and the Amazon River is the life force of this amazing ecosystem. Cruising aboard a luxury Anakonda Amazon vessel allows you to experience it in comfort and style. The 5 day/4 night itinerary gives you the opportunity to get up and close to pink dolphins, giant otters, manatees, anacondas, river turtles, birds and various primate species.
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The Classic Safari Company is the best I have dealt with. Extremely knowledgeable & professional, friendly, patient & understanding of first timers to Africa.Annette Whiley
It certainly was the best trip we have EVER had. The experiences were mind blowing. We want everyone we know to experience Africa - the animals, the people - magical.Jo-anne & Dean Mifsud
Would do it all again and not change a moment. Best holiday ever!The McGowan Tribe
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