When I travel around Ecuador, I am always amazed at the amount of different landscapes in such a seemingly small country.
You may start your day at the foot of the snow capped Cotopaxi Volcano, and later that afternoon find yourself surrounded by dense rain forest.
Ecuador has had a reputation for enchantment since pre-Colombian times, when it was home to the second capital of the Inca empire. Today, this compact nation offers an array of adventures that’s staggeringly broad.
Those adventures start in the Amazon, where river cruises allow you to witness the pink dolphins and rainbow-colored macaws of what Ecuadorians call “el oriente.” They continue in the windswept Andes, where a corridor of active volcanoes leads you to the snowy slopes of the titanic Mts. Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. And they reach a climax in the face-to-face encounters with the finches, boobies, iguanas, and tortoises of the Galápagos, still as unspoiled today as when Charles Darwin first studied them back in 1835.
Here are some other jewels that await discovery in this South American marvel:
Come experience the culture and natural wonder of the Inca region, then observe wildlife like you never have before on a luxury-class cruise through the Galapagos Islands!
Duration:: 13 days, 12 nights
Explore the diverse microclimates of Ecuador: the Amazon rainforest, Otavalo highlands and the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', the Galapagos Islands.
Duration:: 14 days, 13 nights
Hiking, biking, horseback riding and river rafting in 5 different ecosystems.
Duration:: 6 days, 5 nights