Galapagos – the Enchanted Islands – undoubtedly are the highlight of every Ecuador trip and you also should not miss a visit, for it is the most unique living museum of evolutionary changes and you would get to know a variety of exotic species endemic to this Archipelago! Galapagos is the perfect setting to experience the evolutionary changes, which have led to a new understanding of life on earth. Animals unafraid of man and so different from any others found elsewhere, make visitors wonder about their existence on our planet. Among the animals found, are the different species of giant “Galapagos” tortoises that gave the islands their name, a variety of birds and marine mammals such as iguanas, sea lions, dolphins, whales as well as a great number of fish. Among the flora, the most distinctive are mangroves and endemic cacti – to mention only some of them!
Most people know only Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands and the capital Quito. Ecuador has so much more to offer! It is in the Andean Region of the country from north to south, along the “Volcanic Avenue”, that the most amazing landscapes are appreciated! During this very complete round trip you will get to see the best of Ecuador. Highlights include Quito and equatorial line, a jungle tour in the Amazonas, the Mindo Cloud Forest and Otavalo, “Volcano Avenue” with Antizana Natural Reserve and Cuilotoa, visits to the cities of Baños, Riobamba, Cuenca and Guayaquil and finally a cruise through the Galapagos Islands.
The Ecuadorian Andes region, with its numerous volcanoes at different altitudes, gorgeous nature and exotic indigenous villages and cultures, makes trekking here the experience of a lifetime. On this twelve day itinerary we offer you an excellent acclimatization program, including a trekking program in an absolutely beautiful, authentic and remote area, which is rarely visited by other tourists or mountaineers. After the trek, the itinerary goes north to the region of Otavalo, to ascend up to a lovely summit called Fuya-Fuya, followed by a visit to the Otavalo market and the archeological ruins of Chocasqui.