Our luxury holidays to Ecuador and Galapogos, uncover the landscapes and culture of the mainland, as well as some of the worldâs most fascinating wildlife that exist as though preserved in prehistory.
Far more than a connection point for the Galapagos Islands, South America's tiniest nation rises from the Equator and descends to the steamy tributaries of the Amazon. Remnants of pre-Hispanic civilisations dot the landscape and the dexterous Otavaleno Indians produce their vibrant textiles with ease at the biggest artisan craft market on the continent. UNESCO protected colonial heritage sites dominate the old city in Quito and rest prettily to the south in the city of Cuenca. A journey along the spine of the Andes and the 'Avendida de los Volcanoes' is a hypnotic trip encapsulating the biodiversity of the landscape through several climatic zones. A short half hour flight from Quito takes one to the gateway to the Amazon. Paddling the narrow pristine creeks in traditional dug-out canoes, escorted by the eerily prehistoric squawking Hoatzins, Pygmy Marmosets and Golden mantled Tamarin is just one of the many highlights that holidays in Ecuador promise.
600 miles west of Ecuador lie Darwin's 'Enchanted Isles'. Galapagos holidays naturally revolve around the spectacular wildlife and our luxury holidays explore the archipelago by expedition boat or from a luxury lodge. A seven to eight-night cruise will usually allow you to see most species (Finches, Frigate birds, Boobies, Albatross, GalÃ¡pagos Penguin, Marine and Land Iguana, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions and an array of fish species). Family-only expeditions to the Galapagos delight and inspire: head out on kayaks, snorkel next to sealions, watch courtship dances and join the captain to learn navigational skills.