Compact and diverse, Ecuador is like a tasting menu for South America. There are Andean mountains, complete with glacial volcanoes. At Otavalo, site of the largest market in South America, Ecuador's numerous indigenous groups come to barter for both crafts and staples. There are Amazonian jungles and charming colonial cities, like cobblestoned Cuenca. Best of all, all these flavours are packed together, so you can be in the jungle in the morning and at the foot of a glacier by the evening. Ecuador also has one gem found nowhere else: the pristine and fragile Galapagos islands, made famous through the writings of Charles Darwin.
Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC)
Head for the clouds—cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo forest, sitting at a comfortable 1200m in altitude. Try river tubing, rappelling, hiking or horseback riding, or just take a more relaxed pace enjoying the jungle atmosphere. The Mindo area is known for its mind-boggling bird watching and more orchids than you thought possible.
Highlights: Exploring the cloud forest at Mindo, Encountering stunning flora and fauna unique to this area.
MyStyle Quito 4-Day- Comfort (TSEQM4C)
Do Ecuador’s capital your way! Choose from various MyStyle optional activities and create a Quito itinerary that's perfect for you. Some of the many options: Visit the equator and watch drain water switch directions; shop till you drop at the continent's biggest indigenous market; bike down from snow-covered Cotopaxi volcano; go wildlife and bird spotting in a cloud forest; pamper yourself at a natural hot spring spa; skirt volcanic craters by horseback; take Spanish lessons and much more!