Located on the equator in the northwest corner of South America, Ecuador is a land of startling contrasts encompassing verdant tropical rainforests, cool green highland valleys and glistening lakes, ice-capped Andean mountains, palm-fringed beaches and the extraordinary Galapagos Islands. Our mainland Ecuador itineraries access diverse landscapes utilizing exciting activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting and biking with a focus on the nature, history and culture of the region. Follow the equator to trace the path of Inca and pre-Inca cultures while experiencing today's living culture of mainland Ecuador. Actively explore from the Andes to the Pacific on our multisport adventures. Discover the sacred Rio Umpano on a thrilling rafting expedition down this remote and spectacular river. Our expert naturalist guides interpret the regions archeology and history while fostering intimate cultural encounters with local people. They are experts at finding wildlife and know the unknown trails and routes.
Follow the equator to trace the path of Inca and pre-Inca cultures while experiencing today's living culture of mainland Ecuador. Actively explore from the Andes to the Pacific on our multisport adventures.
Accommodations include upscale mountain lodges, eco resorts, rustic but comfortable hosterias, inns estancias and hotels. Most visitors to Ecuador choose an expedition cruise aboard a yacht through the Galapagos Islands, a showcase of nature and evolution. We reserve only the best small ships and yachts providing unparalleled access to the best sites in the archipelago as well as the highest level of safety and comfort.
Mainland Ecuador's stunning diversity is neatly divided into four regions. The sierra, dominated by the spectacular chain of Andes Mountains is punctuated by over 30 volcanoes and a series of high plateaus about 8,000 feet above sea level. This is the agricultural and indigenous heartland of Ecuador, a patchwork of fields crawling up mountainsides, stately haciendas, dozens of remote communities and historic cities including Quito. The Oriente extends from the Andes into the upper Amazon Basin. This exhilarating, exotic region is covered by dense tropical rainforest and known to be one of the planets most biodiverse regions featuring abundant tropical wildlife and over 1,600 species of birds. West of the sierra, the coastal region is formed by a fertile alluvial plain used for growing tropical crops such as bananas, sugar, coffee and cacao. The Pacific seaboard boasts a string of tropical beaches, mangroves and port towns. Six hundred miles of ocean isolate the Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador allowing this magnificent archipelago to become a hotbed of evolution, ecological diversity and abundant wildlife.