Ecuador Andean Highlands (also known as the Sierra) is the most visited region in the country. Its cultural and natural diversity spans grassy highlands (paramo), cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, thermal baths, indigenous markets, colonial towns and historical haciendas amaze visitors of all ages and origins.
In the sierra valleys fields of corn, barley, wheat, and quinoa, paint landscapes with of gold, lilac, and amethyst patterns that gradually transform with the passing of playful clouds.
South of Quito, the Andes mountain chain runs from north to south to form the “Avenue of the Volcanos” providing the most spectacular views as you travel along the countryside.
Pacific Ocean currents meet on the Ecuadorian coast creating a rich combination of tropical forests, savannas, cliffs, and sandy beaches. The archaeological evidence has established that Ecuador was inhabited for at least 4,500 years before the rise of the Inca Empire.
This region plays a large role for Ecuador’s economy due to Guayaquil´s commercial importance as the country’s largest port. The coastal provinces offer rich and diverse gastronomy with an abundance of seafood, cultural experiences, spectacular sightseeing opportunities and a variety of sports.
This region awakens all the senses as travelers explore the rainforest and visit native communities in the area. The amazon is home to nine natural reserves including Yasuní National Park and offers deluxe lodging and river cruises on the Napo River.
All our programs include activities that highlight the culture of the area and its biodiversity.
This is the notorious destination where Charles Darwin created his theory of evolution. The Galapagos Islands are one of the best-preserved islands in the world and considered to be a living museum where the fauna is fearless and free.
The Galapagos Islands can be visited aboard 5-star expedition cruise ships that have capacity for 8 to 90 passengers for a minimum of five-day programs.
A second option to visit the islands is by staying in luxury lodges that offer daily excursions with private transportation and guides.