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13 days

Machu Picchu & Galapagos cruise

An epic land and sea voyage of history and nature
Lima (1 days) Sacred Valley (2) Machu Picchu (1) Cusco (2) Quito (2) Isla Santa Cruz (1) Isla Fernandina (1) Isla Isabela (1) Isla Santiago (1) Quito (1)
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10 days

Galapagos and Amazon basin combined

Explore the highlights of Ecuador
Isla Santa Cruz (1 days) Isla Santiago (1) Isla Bartolomé (1) Isla Genovesa (1) The Amazon Basin (3) Quito (3)
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4 days

Classic Galapagos cruise

See the best of the Galapagos Islands
Isla Santa Cruz (1 days) Isla Bartolomé (1) Isla Genovesa (1) Isla Santa Cruz (1)
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5 days

Galapagos eco-lodge exploration

Luxury ecotravel at its finest
Quito (1 days) Isla Santa Cruz (1) Isla Bartolomé (1) Isla Santiago (1) Quito (1)
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8 days

Galapagos expedition cruise

Luxury-class cruise of the islands
Isla Santa Cruz (1 days) Isla Fernandina (1) Isla Isabela (1) Isla Bartolomé (1) Isla Rabida (1) Isla Santa Cruz (1) Isla Española (1) Isla San Cristóbal (1)
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  • Quito

    Quito

    Ecuador's mountain capital
    Perched between Andean mountain peaks, dramatic Quito is the perfect introduction to laidback Ecuador...
  • The Amazon Basin

    The Amazon Basin

    Mind-boggling biodiversity
    The starting point for most Amazon jungle trips, Coca is slowly transforming itself from tourist transport hub into somewhere worth visiting itself...
  • The Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos Islands

    The islands that changed the world
    For such a tiny smattering of islands flung far into the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos archipelago has had an outsized impact on humanity and our understanding of ourselves...

The Galapagos Islands

A guide to responsible wildlife watching

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is an experience. Sheltered from human intervention for millennia, this group of volcanic islands cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean was instrumental in changing the way humanity viewed itself, once we finally found them. For it was at the Galapagos that Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution by natural selection, inspired by the variety and adaptability of the islands’ wildlife.

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Where to go in Ecuador

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Quito

Quito

Perched between Andean mountain peaks, dramatic Quito is the perfect introduction to laidback Ecuador. Check out the UNESCO World Heritage old town, packed with colonial architecture, art-filled churches and buzzy plazas.

The Amazon Basin

The Amazon Basin

The starting point for most Amazon jungle trips, Coca is slowly transforming itself from tourist transport hub into somewhere worth visiting itself. Make sure to explore the riverfront and its cultural museum before journeying up the Rio Napo to the jungle.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

For such a tiny smattering of islands flung far into the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos archipelago has had an outsized impact on humanity and our understanding of ourselves. Cut off from human contact for millennia and under unique geological conditions, the islands became a petri-dish for mother nature; a place where species could mutate and evolve in isolation, leaving clues for what would become Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of natural selection. The Galapagos today remain an exemplary natural wonder despite centuries of settling, intensive fishing and, more recently, a booming tourism industry. Done right, tourism to the Galapagos can play a key role in their conservation, so plan your trip carefully, tread lightly, and help preserve the Galapagos for generations to come.

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