We know that old ruins and ancient cultures bring with them a certain mystery and charm appreciated by many. For this reason we have put together a special program that focuses on Ecuador´s wonderful archeological and historical riches. The Ecuadorian Andes, with an extension of just over 400 kilometers, is truly a treasure trove filled with ruins and legends of over 23 indigenous nations that inhabited this land, many of which still maintain their traditions and have kept on living in their millenary territories. Since the Inca Empire did not conquer all of what is now Ecuador, we find many regions where the Inca culture and ruins merge with that of the conquered nation, like the case of Ingapirca, the biggest and best preserve archeological site of our country and the perfect opportunity to see how these ancient cultures didn´t force the conquered populations to accept their customs, but rather amalgamated their own with the traditions, religion and arts of the dominated nation.
Imagine a place half the size of California but with more bird species than Europe and USA put together; this place is called Ecuador, a true paradise for bird watchers. The bird watching programs listed below cover two of the regions which concentrate a high variety of very different bird species: form the Andean condor of the highlands to the parrots of the tropical forests.
Although Ecuador is a small country, its gastronomy is quite rich and includes flavors from its 3 different regions: the Coast, the Rainforest and the Andes. Since each of these regions has its own climate, culture and history, the variety of ingredients and cooking techniques of the different populations is quite amazing. From coconut shrimps to baked guinea pigs, served with the over 10 different types of bananas and over 150 class of potatoes: Ecuador culinary culture is a yet unexploited treasure!
In a country with more than 11 indigenous nations, each one with its own history and traditions, it´s easy to quench your thirst for culture. We have packed the most interesting cultural attractions of Ecuador´s highlands in a charming and uncomplicated itinerary to help you experience firsthand this unique treasure.
ECUADOR TREN CRUCERO
Tren Crucero is currently the most stunning vintage adventure in all South America. This train ride will take you on an exceptional trip across different ages and periods of Ecuadorian history. Its convoy features four different coaches, each one with its own style that reflects the Ecuadorian history and culture. Upon your arrival, a professional crew will be expecting you with the warmest welcome. The same crew will accompany the passengers throughout the whole journey, offering an unmatched and personalized service. Selected hotels on every location have been carefully chosen to provide the comfort, care and relaxation that complete this exquisite journey. Landscapes formed by the whisper of volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, the picturesque colors of the coast, the astonishing views of our valleys, the kindness of the Ecuadorian people and the brightness of the equatorial sunshine are some of the features of this “once in a lifetime experience” experience. A trip you will never forget!
There is nothing more important than family; and vacations are a great way to spend some quality time together while enjoying marvelous and new destinations. We have put together 2 great programs that visit some of the most amazing destinations of the Ecuadorian Andes which also include activities for all family members, including the little ones, the uncontrollable teenagers and, of course, the selfless parents. Be it canopying in the cloud forest, visiting the middle of the world, walking among 50 species of butterflies or just relaxing by the pool, all the options and activities of this program are carried out in complete security and comfort, to ensure a memorable experience. We have taken in consideration even the smallest details so that you can all lay back and enjoy the family holidays.
This program was carefully designed for those planning a very special trip with their significant other. We have put together romantic settings in the best and most exclusive hotels, spas and lodges (who have crafted distinctive honeymoon programs for our clients) of the most beautiful destinations of Mainland Ecuador. These special programs offer a great balance of unique activities, cultural diversity and stunning landscapes that will take your breath away. We also made sure to put in plenty of time to share with your partner, allowing you to get charmed by the many details and get lost in the magic of the moment.
The sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the biodiverse world of its reserve. A hideaway in the clouds only accessible to its guests and located on a high plateau, Mashpi Lodge features views of the forested mountains on one side and the forest right up close on the other through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The Lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building and employing hydroelectric power in the near future, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright colour, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amid the cloudforest with the natural world just beyond, ideal for contemplation and relaxation.
Looking for that perfect shot? These programs, especially designed for enthusiasts and professionals alike, will give you the perfect opportunities to capture Ecuador´s treasures with your camera. Be it the perfect landscape or a busy indigenous markets, you will find many chances to test your skills on this captivating form of art.
“Ecuador is unique for many reasons. One huge benefit is that it has direct sunlight 365 days a year. In Ecuador you encounter cultures, knowledge, birds, plants, sights, scenes and sounds you will not find anywhere else in the world” - Gary A. Scott