Travel to Ecuador and Galápagos

Straddling the equator at South America’s most western point, this is one of the smallest, yet most diverse countries on the continent..

Historical Quito is Ecuador’s capital and gateway to the Andean Highlands. Browse traditional markets, take in the Lake District and the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and bask in the kind hospitality of authentic “hacienda” ranches.

To the east, 7.5 million acres of primary Amazonian forest are protected in reserves like Yasuni National Park. Jungle lodges are a great way to experience rainforest life.

The Galápagos archipelago, located 600 miles off the Pacific Coast, is unique in the world for its colorful endemic species. It’s ideal for families and youngsters, who can approach the charismatic wildlife within a few feet.
FAMILY WILDLIFE DISCOVERY
Ecuador’s lush Amazon rainforest and its dramatic Galápagos Islands are two of the most wildlife-rich regions in South America! Kids of all ages will be amazed by the open-air zoo of animals in their midst. Enjoy active adventure activities and epic fauna-spotting that everyone can share.
Length: 12 Days/11 Nights
Season: November – May
Land Cost: from $5,215
ANDEAN HACIENDAS TOUR
Ecuador’s central valley, a majestic region interspersed with centuries-old colonial farms or “haciendas”, features some of South America’s most beautiful countryside. Still working an array of patchwork fields, these haciendas have opened their doors to visitors wanting to be swept away to another time.
Length: 9 Days/8 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $3,995
GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE ODYSSEY (aboard the M/V Eclipse)
Brought to the world’s attention by Darwin’s famous 1835 visit, Galápagos is Ecuador’s largest national park. The volcanic islands’ unique environment provides the perfect setting for birds, plants and reptiles which are are not found anywhere else on earth! Travelers of all ages can get up-close with approachable wildlife.
Length: 9 Days/8 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $6,355
GALAPAGOS AND MACHU PICCHU (aboard the M/V Eclipse)
Experience two of South America’s most important and renowned destinations. The Galápagos, a foremost natural history destination, offers visitors the chance to see unique species of wildlife on a 6-day cruise. Machu Picchu, the jewel of Inca architecture, allows visitors a glimpse into a not-too-distant, fascinating past.
Length: 15 Days/14 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $9,715
GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE ODYSSEY (aboard the M/Y La Pinta)
Brought to the world’s attention by Darwin’s famous 1835 visit, Galápagos is Ecuador’s largest national park. The volcanic islands’ unique environment provides the perfect setting for birds, plants and reptiles which are are not found anywhere else on earth! Travelers of all ages can get up-close with approachable wildlife.
Length: 11 Days/10 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $7,655
GALAPAGOS AND MACHU PICCHU (aboard the M/Y La Pinta)
Experience two of South America’s most important and renowned destinations. The Galápagos, a foremost natural history destination, offers visitors the chance to see unique species of wildlife on a 6-day cruise. Machu Picchu, the jewel of Inca architecture, allows visitors a glimpse into a not-too-distant, fascinating past.
Length: 17 Days/16 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $11,125
AMAZON: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER — Built and administered by the native Añangu Kichwa Community on ancestral land, Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) is an exclusive lodge on the south bank of the Napo River offers access to one of the best wildlife experiences there is. This luxury Amazon eco-lodge includes the conservation of approximately 82 square miles (53,500 acres) of the most pristine Amazon rainforest within the Yasunì National Park.
HACIENDA CUSIN — The history of Hacienda Cusín begins in 1602, when the Luna family purchased 100,000 acres from Philip II, King of Spain. Magnificent gardens flower year-round and attract some 50 species of birds. All rooms are individually-decorated, furnished with antiques, Andean crafts, a fireplace and hand-woven bed covers.
GALAPAGOS: ROYAL PALM — The Royal Palm is an upscale secluded hideaway nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galápagos. Exclusive, spacious, and tastefully designed, the Royal Palm was built to complement this natural paradise. Royal Palm is the established leader in luxury suites in Galápagos, with a long history of prestigious and high-profile guests, including British royalty!
GALAPAGOS UPGRADE: PIKAIA LODGE — The Pikaia Lodge concept is designed for the environmentally conscious eco-adventure traveler, who seeks intimate contact with the unique natural heritage of the Galápagos along with all the comforts of a highly evolved lifestyle. Due to its central location in the Archipelago, the Santa Cruz Island next to a Giant tortoise reserve, Pikaia is the perfect home base in Galápagos.
LAKE DISTRICT HACIENDAS
Length: 3 Days/2 Nights from Quito
Season: Year-round
A 2-hour drive north from Quito lie the fertile valleys of the Lake District. Here we find the charming and historic Haciendas Cusin or Pinsaqui. Choose from a variety of activities like hiking, horseback riding, cycling, birding, and meeting local residents of nearby market villages.
INGAPIRCA & CUENCA
Length: 4 Days/3 Nights from Quito
Season: Year-round
Explore the lovely countryside of the southern highlands with a guided tour of Ecuador’s finest remaining Inca site, Ingapirca, and a half day excursion to Cajas National Park. All excursions are based from a charming and historical hotel in Cuenca, Ecuador’s handicrafts and cultural center.
PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
Length: 3 Days/2 Nights from Quito
Season: Year-round
At the Termas de Papallacta Lodge & Spa, relax among the clear natural hot spring pools and gardens. Nearby you can enjoy an optional 4-5 hour scenic day hike towards Laguna Volcan, with views of the snow-capped summit of Antisana Volcano.
CLOUD FOREST & WESTERN RAINFOREST
Length: 3 days/2 nights from Quito
Season: Year-round
You can choose either Sachatamia Lodge, Mindo Garden hosteria or Arashá Rainforest Resort & Spa as a base. Each lodge is located in the lush, pre-montane cloud forest. Enjoy wildlife viewing, birdwatching, nature hikes to secluded waterfalls, biking rolling hills, or the zip-line at Mindo.
AMAZON JUNGLE – SACHA LODGE
Length: 4 or 5 days from Quito
Season: Year-round
A haven for nature lovers and active families, Sacha is located within a private reserve on Pilchicocha Lake. Providingcomfortable accommodations, the lodge is built with native-style construction. Highlights include: nature hikes, a butterfly farm, and a canopy walkway.
AMAZON JUNGLE – NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER (NWC)
Length: 4 or 5 days from Quito
Season: Year-round
This eco-lodge benefits from its isolated location inside Yasuni National Park. The approach to NWC is a 2 hour motorized canoe ride down the Napo River, then a 45 minute dugout canoe journey up a pristine blackwater creek. Guests have spotted anacondas and several monkey species.