Quito & Around
Spread across a spectacular Andean valley and flanked by volcanic peaks, Quito)’s setting alone is enough to strike you speechless.
As you roll further south along the Panamericana, the giant snowcapped peaks of the central highlands fade from the rearview mirror.
As poetic monikers go, few can top the sound of ‘The Avenue of the Volcanoes, ’ the nickname coined by German explorer (and unwitting wordsmith) Alexander von Humboldt when he traveled through Ecuador’s central Andean valley in 1802.
The Galápagos Islands
Diverse, unique, inspiring; a haven for wildlife unlike anywhere else.
Certainly the image of a butterfly emerging from its cocoon is too poetic for a city that is the economic engine of the country.
The steep green hills, dust-blown villages, busy cities and flower plantations of the north are a stone’s throw from the capital.
You can’t help but feel the rub of the first world chafing against the ancient in the Oriente), Ecuador’s Amazon Basin).
Debating the relative beauty of Cuenca) and Quito is a favorite pastime in these parts, but an impossible issue to resolve.
Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)
The island of Santa Cruz) has the largest and most developed town in the Galápagos; almost every visitor to the islands spends at least some time here even if it’s simply commuting from the airport on nearby Isla Baltra to a cruise ship in the...
The Northern Oriente
North Coast & Lowlands
Ecuador, land of lively Andean markets, Amazon adventures, gripping Galápagos cruises and … beaches? Nobody thinks of the coast when they think of Ecuador.
The North Coast
This town, the largest in terms of population and size in the Galápagos, is a surprise to most visitors, who don’t expect to find anything but plants and animals in the islands.
Hemmed in by luxuriant green peaks, blessed with steaming thermal baths and adorned by a beautiful waterfall, Baños) is one of Ecuador’s most enticing and popular tourist destinations.