Ecuador luxury travel - wild, casual, intense
Between the Andes and the Pacific, the Amazon jungle and the island paradise of the Galapagos - conquer fascinating Ecuador. Hike the foothills of the fabled Cotopaxi volcano or the volcano road.
Go fishing in the Amazon for Pirarucos and meet the indigenous people in the rainforest reserve.
Experience breathtaking action while you move through the cloud forest on the Skybike. Let yourself be enchanted by the incredible landscape on a nostalgic train ride with the luxurious “Tren Crucero” on the “Route of Wonders”.
The lively capital Quito impresses with its cultural beauty, Guayaquil, the most important port city in the country with its mixture of modern and colonial buildings. Experience the fascination of the breathtaking Galapagos Islands with its overwhelming wildlife.
Whether it is a futuristic design hotel in the cloud forest, eco-lodge in the jungle or luxury in a former manor house, no wishes remain unfulfilled while staying in extraordinary hotels.
Small. Lively. Underrated. Ecuador is small but nice.
What Ecuador lacks in size it makes up for in diversity - from cultures and indigenous communities to landscapes. There is colonial Quito and colorful market towns, dramatic volcanic silhouettes, dense Amazon jungles and wild tropical beaches. Simply fascinating what this small country is home to.
Participate in an ancient shamanic ritual of good energy in the ceremonial pyramid of the Caranqui civilization.
Let yourself be shaken on an adventurous ride in a jeep on the way to your lodge in a 1,300 hectare rainforest reserve and watch howler monkeys, tree frogs and caimans. Hike to beautiful waterfalls to take a break from the tropical temperatures in the cool water.
Explore the Napo Wildlife Center, a communal ecotourism reserve spanning 82 square miles of pristine rainforest.
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A unique way to explore the cloud forest.
Cycle on a sky bike over a cable stretched through the forest at treetop level.
You zipline at your own pace, passing birds and primates as you go. The two-person Skybike connects two points in the cloud forest, crosses a gorge in which a river flows, and offers a unique perspective of the forest and its inhabitants.
Get up close and personal with the local bird life and keep an eye out for monkeys that have fun in the branches of the trees. Ride a bike at your own pace to take in all of the sights and sounds of the forest.
Children aged 8 and over are allowed to use the bike when accompanied by an adult.
They are not beautiful. And they don't really invite you to stroke them. But, they are excellent swimmers and unique to the Galapagos Islands.
While they live on land, they get their food from the water. A fascination for young and old.
So why not watch these animals swim or snorkel?
Towering volcanic peaks form a dramatic, snow-covered corridor through central Ecuador, an area of Andean tradition and a center for nature excursions.
The Avenue of the Volcanoes is synonymous with high octane adventure, while traditional haciendas and charming colonial towns provide a welcome and relaxing contrast.
This hacienda in Ecuador has been owned by the Plaza Lasso family for more than 100 years. The guests become part of this huge farm, which is completely self-sufficient and means a thoroughly authentic experience.
Almost 5,000 liters of milk are used every day to make legendary Ecuadorian cheese specialties or butter, a trout farm supplies the hacienda with fresh fish, and potatoes, wheat, 25 different types of vegetables, quinoa and barley are grown in the fields according to biological criteria.
The kitchen of this hacienda is an unforgettable taste experience. Mounted shepherds look after large herds of dairy cows, sheep, and horses. Riders' hearts beat faster here.
Despite all this originality, the level of service and rooms is extremely high.
You will get an insight into the way of life of the Kichwa Añangu community. Through encounters in the cultural center you will learn about the community, the customs of the ancestors, traditional practices and much more.
Women of the community welcome you with typical dances, rituals, artisanal food and drinks.
Casual, exclusive safari feeling while glamping in luxurious eco style.
Become part of the perfect mix of natural authenticity, cozy relaxation and elegant glamping on the Galapagos.
Far away from other visitors, in the middle of a natural paradise - completely different than expected.
Experience this wonderful world in such a way that you can feel it intensely. Don't do too much.
Sit on the beach and watch the animals, even if you are not on an excursion. Hike on your own on pristine trails. Take time for yourself and the world.
On the Galapagos there are unforgettable corners to feel the world.
Ride through the fascinating mountain landscape, climb the mountain that Humboldt also conquered after several attempts and enjoy the casual hacienda life.
Stay at haciendas of renowned Ecuadorian personalities and become part of the family while hiking and cooking together.
Surfing with turtles and iguanas - Galapagos is a wonderful area for water sports:
Snorkeling, diving, surfing. And by the way, you get very close to the unique wildlife of the Galapagos. A feast for body and soul.
Immerse yourself in the exciting feeling of sustainability and style. Experience how glamorous and casual a sustainable lifestyle can be, also and especially with children, incredibly enriching.
Live in restored stables, enjoy farm to table enjoyment and, if you like, take part in milking the cows, harvesting herbs and cooking.
On the coast, the dry season from late May and June to November is uncomfortably cool, humid and overcast.
Some forests regularly experience flooding during this time. You can paddle across the swollen tributaries in small boats, which is incredibly exciting and gives you access to other regions outside of the borders.
During this time it is pleasantly cool - but the wildlife is much more difficult to find. The seasons in the highlands are more constant, although the warmer, wetter periods December through March are less advisable, especially if you are planning on hiking.
The days can be hot and sunny year round while the nights are bitterly cold. Rain or hail can occur at any time and very suddenly.
Ecuador is on the time zone map in “Ecuator Time”. The time in this time zone is 5 hours behind the official world time (UTC -5). As in most countries, there is no daylight saving time in Ecuador.
So, if you enjoy lying on beaches, the rainy season from December / January to April / May is surprisingly the best time to visit Ecuador. It rains all year round in the Amazon. December to May is particularly muddy.
The volcanoes of Ecuador have their own weather - the temperature on the slopes does not reflect what is happening on the summit. It can be hot, rainy, or snowy. Because of this, there is no best or worst time to climb the mountains.
Ecuador's official language is Spanish. Quichua, an Inca language, is spoken by the Indian population. In addition to Spanish, ten other mother tongues are spoken in Ecuador. English is the most widely spoken foreign language.
In the highlands, a typical meal begins with a locro, a delicious soup made from potatoes, cheese and corn. Other possible starters or small snacks are empanadas, corn pies filled with vegetables, cheese or meat.
You can enjoy llapingachos (cheesy potato cake) as a main course. Cheese, corn, and potatoes are big in the highlands. They are often served with chorizo (sausage), lomo (steak) or pollo (chicken) and fried eggs. The famous cuy, the guinea pig, has been a specialty of the indigenous highlands for centuries.
Another traditional dish is seco de chivo, a stew usually made from mutton in the highlands and goat on the coast. The unsavory looking guatita, tripe drowned in peanut sauce, is actually much better than it sounds and looks. Unsurprisingly, on the coast, the culinary focus is on seafood.
The classic ceviche is made by marinating raw seafood in lime juice and chilli and serving it with raw onions. On the north coast, encocados is a fantastic fish dish with a Caribbean flavor. Prepared in a sauce made from coconut milk, tomatoes and garlic and often served with a giant rice mound.
Bananas and plantain often replace potatoes and appear in many different shapes on your plate. Patacones are thickly sliced plantains that are fried in oil and served with plenty of salt. Chifles, on the other hand, are cut thinly and prepared in the same way.
The Bolón de Verde is a rather mighty "hill" made of puree, cheese and coriander, which is traditionally served as a snack with coffee.
The people of Ecuador are diverse and have a cultural and ethnic richness that is seldom found in other parts of the world. By far the largest ethnic group is that of the mestizos.
These people of mixed Hispanic and American ancestry make up approximately 65% of the population. Americans make up roughly a quarter of the population while Caucasian of Hispanic descent known as criollos make up only 7% of the population. The remaining 3% are Afro-Ecuadorians and include mulattos and zambos.
It is interesting that Ecuador has seen high levels of immigration in recent years, which has further diversified the population. Ecuador has also seen an increase in immigrants from the Middle East and Asia, including China, Japan, North America, and Europe in recent years.
This has resulted in the creation of a large Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Indian and Pakistani communities in the country. In Ecuador, about 95% of Ecuadorians are Roman Catholic, 4% are Protestant, and less than 1% are Jewish, Orthodox, or Muslim.
When entering Ecuador, you must present a passport that is valid for at least six months (and undamaged). You do not need a visa if you are entering for tourist purposes for a period of up to 90 days.
It is recommended to have identification documents or a copy including an entry stamp with you.
Great. Lush. Just great. It's impossible to exaggerate in the Galapagos.
Where can you meet giant tortoises in the misty highlands in the morning and swim with playful sea lions in the afternoon?
Dramatic volcanic backdrops add to the feeling of surrealism as you sunbathe on black lava stones next to prehistoric-looking sea iguanas, play with blue and red boobies and frigate birds, and then go below the surface to encounter sharks.
Bizarre cactus forests and lush green highlands are surrounded by white dream beaches and turquoise bays. This world heritage site is unique.
Get access to restricted areas accompanied by world-renowned experts. Enjoy specially arranged excursions to the Galápagos Islands' most secret treasures. Hike with special permission to the crater rim of the Alcedo volcano and witness the last wild populations of giant tortoises.
Observe schools of hammerhead sharks and have a chance to encounter whale sharks. Dive into Wolf Rock, Darwin's Arch and the world-famous Cristo de Diablo (Devil's Crown); Swim in lava caves in Puerto Egas and encounter turtles, sea lions and penguins. Experience the underwater pasture of marine iguanas. Sit in silence and admire the ancient scene.
See giant tortoises bathing in mud pools on the top of a volcano. See hawks and shellfish, reptiles, and endemic plants of exceptional beauty. Retreat to the privacy of your luxury yacht every day to dine and sleep under the stars.
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