Roundup on an Amazing Month in Ecuador

DSCN2658IMG_7149Chimborazo 6Visiting the Galapagos Islands was a dream for Marilyn, so we built a comfortable one-week expedition cruise into our itinerary. We completed a two-week adventure holiday with a market leader, starting in the the Andes and finishing ino the Pacific. In addition, we had free time in Quito and Guayaquil.

If you’re thinking about a trip to Equador, it has some amazing advantages:

  •  Greatest biodiversity in the World
  •  Over one hundred different types of hummingbirds and thousands of orchid varieties
  • There are four distinct & very different regions: 1. Amazon Rainforest; 2. Andean Highlands; 3. Coastal Lowlands; and 4. Galapagos Islands – Isolated archipelago, world-renowned for unique wildlife & Darwin’s evolutionary research
  • Very friendly people

Disadvantages include:

  • To fully explore Ecuador, it’s preferable to join an organized group because of transportation, local knowledge, accessability and personal safety
  • Personal safety for visitors is an issue in Ecuador’s major cities and individuals are strongly warned to take basic precautions

Here’s a recap of our top ten blogs on our Ecuador adventure, rated by the number of hits:

  1. Captivating Beauty – Galapagos Islands – Day 1
  2. Hiking Chimborazo National Park -Equador’s Highest Mountain
  3. Memorable High-Altitude Hike in Cajas National Park – Ecuador
  4. Paradise – Day 4 – Isabela, Galapagos Islands
  5. Famous Devil’s Nose Train Ride – Ecuador
  6. Two Delightful Days in Cuenca – Our Favourite City in Ecuador
  7. Galapagos Island – Day 5 – Post Office Bay and Punto Cormorant & Champion Islet, Floreana
  8. Adrenaline Rush – Banos & Devil’s Couldron Waterfall – Ecuador
  9. Sachatamia Quito Ecuador – Cloud-Forest
  10. Pretty Boy – Male Land Iguana Crosses Our Path – Galapagos Island – Day 3

Ecuador will always rank close to the top of our most memorable and beautiful countries.

An expedition cruise is probably still the best way to see the Galapagos Islands, according to a recent article in the NYT  but there are other options. If you’re interested, don’t wait too long!

 

 

 

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