Your Ecuador expedition. Go high, go deep, go far, go wide.
Take advantage of three expeditions in one as you head into the steamy scenes of the Amazon rainforest, scale the heights of the Andean mountains and reach the shores of the coast. Factor in the once in a lifetime trip to the Galapagos islands and it’s hard to beat Ecuador for it’s tempting scale of diversity.
Hike the avenue of volcanoes and top off a physical adventure with the challenge of a lofty summit. Dive into the charming cities of Cuenca and Quito to see panama hat workshops spill into streets of Spanish architecture, bursting with colourful markets. Swim with sea lions, see giant iguanas crossing sandy streets and get up close to the iconic blue footed boobies. Get involved in local ecotourism initiatives to create sustainable livelihoods for indigenous Andean communities determined to preserve their traditions and culture.
Some of the best bits
Take it to the top
From the moment you touch down you’ll gaze out over at a hikers paradise. The avenue of volcanoes offers you the chance to circumnavigate the highest volcano in the country, Mt Chimborazo, or reach the iconic Quilotoa crater lake. Take on the summit of a peak, or don’t, whatever you choose, the altitudes of the Andean mountains will leave you in awe.
Explore the rainforest
Head into the Amazon rainforest to soak up the heat and see the lush green tropical scenes home to exotic wildlife from monkeys and iguanas to jaguars and isolated tribes. Your expert local guides will introduce you to life in the Amazon, learn about local shaman culture, how to sling a hammock and why you leave your boots upside down on a stick.
Follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps
Set foot in the famous Galápagos Islands on a once in a lifetime experience. Snorkel with playful sea lions, see giant land iguanas hold right of way as they cross sandy streets and meet tortoises older than your grandparents.
Take flight through the trees
Fly with the birds and whizz through the tree tops in Mindo’s cloud forest. Collect tropical fruit, eat a fresh mango from the tree and pluck a pineapple from it’s bushy plant. See more butterflies than you ever imagined and hear the calls of hundreds of birds in this mega-diverse cloudforest region.
“We had the most amazing time volunteering at a school in Puerto Lopez, teaching the children games and songs. The clapping game ‘a sailor went to sea sea sea’ was a particular favourite!”
“The moment I reached 5100m above sea level on Chimborazo and looked out above the clouds is something I don’t think I’ll ever forget.”