Straddling two hemispheres, Ecuador may be small but it has a dynamic character. Traditional markets, Amazon tributaries, Inca ruins, Andean peaks, colonial churches, and the wildlife havens of the Galapagos Islands… these are the radiant threads that interweave in the tapestry of Ecuador. Once the Inca Empire’s northernmost territory, it boasts important archeological sites as well as pre-Inca fortresses. In the highland valleys, Quechua-speaking Indians continue the tradition of weaving and selling textiles, and creating artwork and handicrafts using much the same techniques as their ancestors. Some of Ecuador’s established native markets have existed for a millennium. The beautifully preserved cities of Quito and Cuenca are noted for sumptuous 16th-century art and architecture. The Galapagos Islands sit some 650 miles west of mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. Nothing quite compares to the thrill of observing wildlife on these natural volcanic islands, where the animals do not run or fly away when humans approach. It was here that Charles Darwin discovered conditions that helped shape his ideas on evolutionary theory. Life evolved on these islands in isolation, separate from the rest of the world. Distinctions exist even from one island to the next. From a cloud forest mountain spa, to the backwater streams of the Amazonian rainforest; to a cruise in the Galapagos… a luxury Ecuador tour rewards its guests handsomely.
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Luxury Ecuador with Silversea Silver Galapagos 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $11,134
Explore Ecuador's beautiful capital city, Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, including its old city; and travel to Northern Ecuador to experience life on a century-old working hacienda; meet members of the traditional Zuleta community; and savor a luxury cruise aboard the Silversea Silver® Galapagos.
Ecuador: Flavors of Ecuador 13 Days Ecuador: Flavors of Ecuador Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,664
Custom Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour Varied Days Custom Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Ecuador Mainland 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Ecuador & Galapagos 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safaris, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,998
Precious Journeys Ecuador including the Galapagos 13 Days Precious Journeys Ecuador including the Galapagos Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $6,552
Explore the fabled Galapagos Islands on this land-based journey. Each island has its own unique ecosystem and wildlife. Enjoy up close encounters with the phenomenal marine life. Discover the staggering flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle at Kapawi Ecolological Reserve. Explore Antisana Volcano and the traditional Achuar and Salasaca communities.