Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands
BEST TIME TO GO
All Year Round, but peak time is Dec to March, when the weather is temperate and the sea is quite calm.
We suggest spending 1 or 2 weeks, depending where you’re going. Ecuador is also well paired with Peru.
Ecuador & the galapagos islands
Ecuador, straddling the equator on South America’s Pacific coast, is a land of impressive volcanoes, picturesque colonial towns, colorful markets and lush Amazonian rainforest. A luxury cruise aboard a small luxury private yacht or land-based stay in the Galapagos Islands is the highlight of any visit, and offers a unique opportunity to come face to face with giant tortoises, lizards, iguanas, penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea lions sprawled on the warm beaches. Whatever your interests, let us create a personalized itinerary that is perfect for just for you.
Ecuador’s mainland is best visited between May and October (the dry season), although many people also visit at Christmas—you simply need to be prepared for wetter weather. The Galapagos Islands are a year round destination, the pros and cons depending much more on the nature of the sea rather than the weather. The peak time is from December to March, when the water is temperate and the sea is quite calm, but depending on what animals and ecosystems you are most interested in, you may want to consider other times as well.Marie-France Gravel, Owner
In Quito is Ecuador’s capital and second largest city and was originally founded in 1534 by the Spanish. It is known for having some of the finest examples of colonial and post-colonial architecture in South America, despite the damage suffered in the 1917 earthquake, and its brilliantly preserved historic city center was one of the first to be chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay in beautiful luxury hotels, our favourite the Casa Gangotena, once the home of Ecuador’s most prominent families.
PRIVATE YACHT CHARTERS ~ GALAPAGOS ISLAND
In our opinion, the best way to see the Galapagos Islands is by ship (and more specifically, by small luxury private yacht). There are many options to choose from, and these vary dramatically in quality, itinerary routes and price. We work with great operators, who offer various promotions throughout the year. Depending on the ship, discounts range from 20% off to 2 for 1, so what are you waiting for? Drop us a line if you’re interested. You won’t be sorry.
Land based safaris is a creative alternative to exploring the archipelago and soak nature in all comfort. With daily boat trips to neighboring islands, not to mention in-depth explorations on Santa Cruz itself, means you will also get to experience the iconic Galapagos. This is truly a great options for those keen to visit the islands but adverse to life on board, or those simply who don’t have a full week to dedicate to a cruise (with no minimum night stay) land-based safaris is a great option.
In addition to your adventures either onboard a luxury yacht or land based safari, we encourage our bespoke clients to explore the beauty of mainland Ecuador with extensions to the Andes, Amazon, Cloud Forest and more. Having personally explored these regions (as a guide / tour leader working in South America), we are more than happy plan a customized itinerary to your preferences.
what they say
Don’t just take it from us, let our bespoke clients do the talking!
“Thank you so much for the amazing job you did planning our recent family trip to Machu Picchu, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. There were lots of things we wanted to see and do in a short amount of time, so couldn’t afford to miss a day, along the way. You listened to our ‘wishlist’, made great suggestions of other things we should see and do, and managed to fit EVERYTHING IN. Our trip to Peru and Ecuador ending up being one highlight after another.”Micheal Meltzer, Large Family Summer Break. Destination: Peru, Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.
“MF was great and was available 24/7 while we traveled in South America. She made our trip so easy and stress free. We didn’t have to worry about booking tour guides, transportation, or accommodations. She even gave us lots of restaurant recommendations. Our holiday was a breeze!”S.Kim, June Family Holiday. Destination: Peru, South America.
We didn’t realize how educational our trip to the Peruvian Amazon and Galapagos would be. The guides were so good, especially Richard in the Galapagos. We also didn’t expect to be so busy, but we did not want to miss a single thing. The Galapagos trip, in particular, required good physical fitness…and courage sometimes when it can to snorkeling in the ocean. SO both parts of the trips, Amazon and Galapagos were excellent. The timing of the guides and the activities were very well thought out. The breadth of Richards knowledge did exceed our expectations.Evelyn Cunningham & John Curan, Adventure for Two | Peruvian Amazon & the Galapagos, Ecuador. South America.
additional nights in ECUADOR
Explore the Northern Highlands of the Andes, spend a few night in Quito (UNESCO) or add a few nights in Guayaquil.
hacienda zuleta andes extension
Located in the Northern highlands of the Andes, Hacienda Zuleta is a working farm and historic home of the family of former president of Ecuador, Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso. Activities include horseback, mountain biking, and hiking. The hacienda has a condor reintroduction project and spectacled bear conservation project, pre-Incan burial mounds, indigenous handicraft cooperatives and a working farm, all tied into Zuleta’s sustainable community tourism initiatives. Visit hotel website.
additional nights in quito
Tucked away high up in the Andes you’ll find Quito, Ecuador’s beautiful capital city. A place of old-world charm, stunning architecture and some astounding views; Quito deserves so much more than a rushed tour before you head out to the Galapagos. Let us introduce you to one of South America’s most special wonders. Stay at the luxurious Casa Gangotena. Day trips from Quito is the colorful Otavalo Market for artisan handicrafts. Visit hotel website.
Additional nights in guayaquil
Ecuador’s largest and most populous city, Guayaquil gets less attention than Quito as a tourist destination, but this bustling metropolis on the River Guayas lends itself to fun days of urban exploring. We can help arrange luxury accommodation and activities that highlight the city’s main interesting sights.
Looking to extend your trip, beyond ecuador?
Ecuador is a fantastic stand-alone destination, however, if time permits, combining Ecuador with the Amazon and Peru is the ultimate South America adventure…