The inspiration for Origin of Species, this is a wildlife lovers paradiseThe Galapagos draws you in, but mainland Ecuador is not to be missed with some beautiful scenery
Cast off the Western coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a veritable treasure trove of discovery. A trip to this volcanic archipelago will enable you to discover not one, but two outstanding ecological centres.
Holidays in the Galapagos usually start in Ecuador. The country’s capital, Quito, is the perfect jumping off point for trips to these stunning islands, but it also has its own unique charm and attractions that are well worth exploring.
Wildlife encounters in Galapagos
Whether by catamaran, ferry or plane, be sure to make your way over to the Galapagos Islands for some exceptional wildlife encounters. These lunar-like volcanic islands are a mecca for wildlife lovers from around the world. Made famous by Charles Darwin’s scientific discoveries, they offer visitors plenty of unique experiences, as well as top-shelf accommodation. This is one of the few places on Earth where the human footprint is kept as small as possible - offering you experiences and vistas the likes of which can’t be found anywhere else.
There’s almost no end to the discoveries you can make during your holiday in the Galapagos. Snorkel with white-tipped sharks and manta rays and come face-to-face with sea lions, turtles and pelicans. Trek the circumference of the Volcán Sierra Negra, or visit the famous giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
To enjoy the full extent of these remarkable islands, why not take a luxury cruise that transports you between a host of destinations in style?
Luxury holidays in Ecuador invite you to immerse yourself in the country’s history and vibrant culture. Quito is home to one of the most well-preserved historic centres in Latin America, which has been given UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It’s also the second highest capital in the world and offers fantastic views of the Andes mountain range. The city's traditional and colonial charm gives it an old-world look and feel, with its cobbled streets, ancient churches and monasteries.
Ecuador is also the perfect place to visit the Amazon rainforest. For a safari with a difference, take a canoe tour down the Amazon river to catch a glimpse of the incredible flora and fauna. You can also venture along the rugged Avenue of the Volcanoes, and immerse yourself in the country’s verdant and atmospheric cloud forests.<
No matter how you decide to spend your time in Ecuador, our handpicked selection of sumptuous accommodation is sure to delight. Take your pick from eco lodges, traditional haciendas or ranches, and small boutique colonial hotels.
A truly unique holiday
With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why Ecuador and the Galapagos are such popular holiday destinations. Offering something a little bit different, you’re guaranteed to make memories that will last for a lifetime. Whether you’re travelling with your family, your partner, or going it alone, you can rest assured that a trip to this diverse and unique part of the world will not disappoint.
At Azure, our experienced and friendly advisors can help you select the perfect hotel to suit your needs. We’re dedicated to making sure you have the best possible experience and always aim to go above and beyond your expectations. Why not get in touch with us by phone or live chat to find out more about our tailor-made holiday packages?
where to stay
Our specialists are experts at putting together complex holidays and can help you to tailor-make your perfect trip. Below is a selection of the hotels we love in the region, but it is by no means exhaustive, so do please give us a call on 01244 322770 and we can help you to create the trip of your dreams, complete with the hotels and experiences that are perfect for you.
Royal Galapagos CruisesFrom...
Royal Galapagos Cruises offer a range of options for those seeking the perfect luxury cruise around the Galapagos Islands. The vessels vary in size and the cruises vary in length but one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll spend every moment in a state of wonder and delight.
Silversea Cruises Silver Galapagos CruiseFrom...
Silversea Cruises takes you to the Galapagos Islands. The smallest member of their fleet, Silver Galapagos, is one of a few privileged luxury vessels able to take you on a stunning voyage out to these remarkably beautiful islands.
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