Ecuador is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in South America. Ranging from tropical jungles to highlands, the diversity of natural beauty is present throughout this stunning country. If travelling to Ecuador, a journey to the Galapagos Islands is an itinerary must.
The Galapagos Islands are a collection of smaller islands off the coast of Ecuador, all of which have a unique charm and environment to them. Considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife spotting, the Islands are home to some of the most colourful and elusive creatures on Earth. From pink flamingos to giant tortoises, and marine iguanas to frigatebirds, nature at its finest on the Islands.
There are many essential items in any itinerary visiting Ecuador, including taking a train on the Devil's Nose, seeing the Mindo cloud forest, and spotting the majestic wildlife of the area.
The Devil's Nose route, so named for the immense difficulty faced when building the track, is a train journey through mountains, steep gorges and descends into dramatic scenery. Taking this train journey is a true bucket-list item for some adventurous travellers, although the journey is peaceful with beautiful views.
The Mindo cloud forest is a nonprofit conservation park, working to protect the unique ecosystem of the area. The reserves are open to avid nature-watchers and zoologists alike, due to the wide variety in the extraordinary species found within. There are also some spectacular waterfalls in the nearby area that are well worth a visit.
Spotting the marvellous animals that call Ecuador home can take place in most outdoor locations, as the natural surroundings are teeming with exotic creatures not found in Europe. Of course, there will be plenty of time to see as many different types of species as possible while enjoying the itinerary.
No matter where you are in Ecuador, make sure you keep your camera handy as stunning views and fascinating sights are never too far away.
If you’re a nature lover looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, look no further. Our 16-day Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands tour takes you on an extraordinary journey to a unique and captivating country. With an expert tour manager and local guides on hand, and no need for a visa, so much awaits.