The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.
Recommended Stay:At least 2 nights Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.
Guayaquil is the largest city, the most important port in Ecuador, and the gateway to the Galapagos. The city is carved by rivers and estuaries, and is known as the `Pearl of the Pacific`. It boasts a wonderful blend of history, nature, and tradition throughout its historic neighborhoods, parks, and monuments. Visitors will find great shopping opportunities, magnificent museums, historic monuments and sprawling parks in this exciting city.
Recommended Stay:At least 2 nights Simon Bolivar Malecon, La Rotonda, Parque Seminario, Santa Ana Hillside, Municipal Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral of Guayaquil, Las Penas, La Bahia and much more.
In just few hours, you can travel from the Andean Peaks surrounding Quito, to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, a living emerald which adorns our world with rare beauty and natural wonders. It extends over 5.5 million square kilometers and is home to more varities of plants and animals than any other place on earth. Birdwatchers will love the close encounter with nature staying at one of the lodges located in remote areas of the Amazon wilderness.
Coca, a sprawling oil town with no street signs and unpaved roads is the gateway to this world of unsoiled nature, where you can take visits to Indian Villages, overnights in Jungle lodges, walks through lush rain-forest in search of brilliant toucans and parrots, and traveling by dug-out canoe down hidden tributaries, are all part of the adventure awaiting in the Amazon Jungle.
This small town of some 22,000 inhabitants is justly famous for its friendly people and their Saturday Market. The Market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were brought up from eastern lowlands and traded for highlands goods, today's market serves two different groups; locals who buy and barter animals, food and other essentials, and tourists looking for crafts. Here you will find everything from ceramic pots, jewelry to hats made of wool or straw and native paintings.
Just one and a half hours north of Quito, the snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano is the focal point of Ecuador’s most visited park. Majestic and powerful, Cotopaxi - the highest active volcano in the world - has drawn adventurous travelers, as well as the nature lover by the excellent hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities, others come simply to enjoy the sprawling, 33,393 hectares of grassland and the chance to see condor, deer and hummingbirds.
Papallacta Resort and Spa, located 40 miles east of Quito perched on a high Andean valley, offers its visitors health, recreation, adventure and rest. Whether relaxing in the thermal baths, indulging in pampering spa treatments, or embarking on adventure walks at the Rancho del Canon (Canyon Ranch) or Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, you are sure to enjoy the Papallacta experience. Excellent accommodation in hotel rooms or luxury cabins is complemented by restaurants that serve a range of culinary delights to tickle your tastebuds.
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