Due to its location on the equator, Ecuador is a year-round destination with a wide array of experiences for any traveler to enjoy.
Quito, the colorful Spanish colonial capital city, is located at 10,000 foot elevation and is home to fine architecture, colorful markets, museums and botanical gardens. In contrast, the Andes Mountains in Ecuador feature towering snow capped volcanoes and unique indigenous villages.
Ecuador also boasts 1,200 miles of coastline, where tropic beaches, fishing villages and the large port city of Guayaquil are found. Here, guests are treated to abundant marine life and hot, humid temperatures.
The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are perhaps Ecuador’s most popular attraction. The “Enchanted Islands” were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and today they serve as host to one of the world’s most notable wildlife conservation efforts. With fearless wildlife that have never known humanity as a threat, the islands offer the chance to get up close to nature for unforgettable encounters. South America specialist Jennifer Gillmore has visited the Galapagos Islands a remarkable ten times, and our entire team of South America experts have also cruised and personally inspected numerous vessels in the Galapagos, including private yacht charters and expedition ships.