Ecuador, the second smallest of the South American countries, offers wonderful wildlife, glaciers, Amazonian rivers and Indian markets.
Charles Darwin first brought the Galapagos islands to the world’s attention in 1835. The Islands are a living laboratory of evolution where birds and animals have no fear of man.
The muddy rivers of the lower Rio Napa flow along the Peruvian border. The river is the region’s motorway and long motorised canoes ply the shallow river. A short flight from Quito over the Andes to Coca and then a two hour motorised canoe will find you amongst two of the best jungle stays in South America. From here you can trek through primary jungle, visit a parrot lick and canoe along the waters of the river tributary.
The Avenue of Volcanoes is a 325km long valley between the major Cordillera ranges. Large and standing alone, the volcanoes provide a brooding, snow covered contrast to the green equatorial lushness that this country usually provides. High altitudes are easily achieved without too much technical ability although the train trip through the volcanoes to Cuenca is probably the best way to see this inspiring countryside.
Charles Darwin first brought the Galapagos Islands to the world’s attention in 1835. The Islands are a living laboratory of evolution where birds and animals have no fear of man. Blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises roam as freely as they did thousands of years ago. Anyone interested in natural history, wildlife and ecology will find a Galapagos Islands tour a truly memorable experience.
Santa Cruz is the best spot in which to begin your exploration of these incredible islands where you can swim, snorkel and go on glass bottomed boat trips. Fishing trips in dug-out canoes are also perfect ways to get involved and enjoy the scenery.