This week-long luxury trip to Ecuador highlights two of the country's most coveted regions
Ecuador’s biodiversity is largely what makes it so special, and is all the more impressive considering the country’s small size. After some time exploring historic Quito, a safari in the Galápagos Islands offers a look into unspoiled nature, protected marine reserves, and a plethora of unique and endemic wildlife. Onward to the cultural Andean Highlands where you'll spend your time in the picturesque Ecuadorian rural town of Angochagua within the magnificent Protected Zuleta Forest Reserve and surrounded by the Andes Mountain Range. There, you'll bathe in freshwater springs that spurt along the canyons, hike along craggy peaks, and watch the majestic endangered Andean Condors in flight.
Who is a luxury Galapagos by Land + Highlands trip best for?
Travelers interested in a unique land lodge stay in the Galapagos. Mimicking an African safari, Galapagos Safari Camp is great for families and those prone to seasickness who prefer to explore the area on day trips.
One Week in Ecuador: Galápagos by Land + the Highlands trip highlights
- Ecuador's capital city, Quito, boasts the best-preserved historic center in all of Latin America. Visitors can stroll the charming streets and plazas, and explore museums like Museo de la Ciudad to delve into Quito's rich history. The equator lies just 16 miles north of Quito, and makes for an interesting day trip. Indulge in traditional Ecuadorian dishes and savor the famous chocolate.
- The island of Santa Cruz is home to Puerto Ayora, the largest and most developed town in the Galápagos. While many visitors use this island as merely a springboard for the more remote surrounding islands, those who dig a little deeper will discover that this island has plenty to offer. With numerous visitor sites, easily accessible beaches and remote highlands in the interior, Santa Cruz makes an excellent base for adventurous activities. The most popular attraction is undoubtedly the Charles Darwin Station which offers an impressive turtle breeding area and interesting information about the conservation of the unique biosphere of the Galápagos. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim or snorkel at one of the island’s magnificent beaches where you will find white sand and turquoise waters, as well as an abundance of fascinating wildlife including pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas.
- The picturesque Ecuadorian rural town of Angochagua sits in the eastern foothills of the mighty Cerro Imbabura, within the magnificent Protected Zuleta Forest Reserve and surrounded by the Andes Mountain Range. This is a nature lover’s ultimate destination. Nearby, there are thick woodlands, extreme mountains, dormant volcanoes and an abundance of unique flora and fauna. Bathe in freshwater springs that spurt along the canyons, hike along craggy peaks, and watch the majestic endangered Andean Condors in flight. Highlights include the Condor Rehabilitation and Interpretation Center, an impressive 11th-century archaeological site, and the chance to learn more about local culture by meeting the neighboring Indian communities.
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