Located just shy of 600 miles from the Ecuadorian mainland, getting to the remote Galapagos Islands is surprisingly easy. Multiple flights from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil link the archipelago with the mainland, which itself is well connected with the rest of the world by air.
Quito might be known more for its stately colonial architecture and cool Andean ambiance than for sizzling hot nightlife, but don’t think for a second that the Ecuadorian capital doesn’t know how to party. Mostly centered around the city’s Mariscal and La Floresta districts to the north of the historic center, Quito’s chic bars, unique nightclubs, even high-rolling casinos keep the party popping into the wee hours. But first, start the evening off right with a Quito-by-Night tour and dinner before heading out to enjoy the exciting Quito nightlife.
The Galapagos Islands, despite a renowned reputation for their fragile environment full of one-of-a-kind and often endangered species, are constantly under attack; pollution, human development, and poaching are all threats to this unique ecosystem. Tourism is but the latest. To keep the damage in check, the Galapagos National Park has put together a list of “don’ts” that may sound prohibitive at first, but serve to ensure the long-term survival of the islands and their inhabitants. Here are ten of the most important.
High atop the Andes at 9,350 feet above sea level, there are few cities on Earth closer to Heaven. Quito is known throughout Latin America as a bastion of staunch Roman Catholicism, and hundreds of centuries-old churches stand lording over the Ecuadorian capital. During the week-long run-up to Easter—Semana Santa, or Holy Week (this year, […]
From mysterious Amazonian witch doctors to colorfully-dressed Andean craftsmen, Ecuador is a melting pot of cultural influences, renowned for its rich and diverse indigenous populations. More than fourteen ethnic groups make up the country’s indigenous population, each with their own time-honored traditions and languages, and in recent years, many tribes have welcomed the chance to share their unique culture and heritage with visiting tourists. Whether you’re trekking through the Amazon, taking a day trip from Quito into the mountains, or joining in the festivities at a traditional folk festival, here are some ideas for discovering Ecuador’s indigenous tribes.
The Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island was the highlight of our trip to the Galapagos.
Spring might mean the start of the rainy season in the Galapagos Islands, but its calm, warm waters and balmy temperatures make it the ideal time for cruising around the islands. Spring is also the main mating and breeding season for the islands’ vast array of inhabitants, with marine creatures coming ashore to lay their eggs, newborn seal pups lounging on the rocks and colorful wildflowers blooming in the highlands. Whether you’re snorkeling, scuba diving or wildlife spotting from the shore, here are 10 of the best reasons to visit the Galapagos Islands in spring.
From exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town to scaling a volcano on the world’s second-highest cable car, there are plenty of things to do in the Ecuadorian capital, but to help you make the most of your trip, here are a few tips for what not to do in Quito.
Ecuador might be better known for its striking colonial architecture and wildlife filled Galapagos Islands, than its beach resorts, but the small coastal town of Montanita has made a name for itself as a burgeoning surf hotspot. Making the most of the west coast waves, the beach town is crammed with surf and diving schools, many of which combine surf lessons with Spanish lessons or offer weekend or weeklong surf camps.
From the vast Amazon rainforest in the East to the rugged peaks of the Andes mountains and the windswept beaches of the pacific coast; Ecuador packs a surprising variety of scenery into its borders. Whether you’re hiking in a National Park or cruising the legendary Galapagos Islands, here are 8 of the most beautiful places in Ecuador to add to your itinerary.