Category: Ecuador

3 Ecuadorian journeys for the senses

3 Ecuadorian journeys for the senses

If you’re a traveler looking for more than landmarks or monuments, keep in mind that each destination offers alternatives. There are journeys that provide surprising experiences, challenge the senses and invite you to understand a place more deeply. These are travels that bring you closer to the lives of their people, closer to their traditions, […]

Elephant Hills Tented Camp

8 great places to travel responsibly

Responsible travel is about directly benefitting the communities you visit whenever possible through sustainable travel, environmental protection and social projects. Here are just a few responsible travel suggestions you can include as part of a trip to the destinations in question. 1. Elephant Hills Tented Camp, Thailand One of the highlights of many peoples’ visits […]

5 of the most amazing train experiences in Ecuador

5 of the most amazing train experiences in Ecuador

Air travel is great – though you miss out on the countryside 30,000 feet below. Car trips in a foreign country are also fine – if you don’t mind spending hours cramped behind the wheel trying to figure your way through an unfamiliar environment. Crossing a country by train, though, is a way to get […]

5 South America trips every luxury traveler should take

5 South America trips every luxury traveler should take

Just when you think you have seen it all, South America awaits. This wonderful continent in the South will provide the luxury traveller with something truly special. Each country has its own character and charm with some of the most amazing natural landscapes to be encountered anywhere in the world. Take a look at the […]

5 stunningly romantic destination hotels

5 stunningly romantic destination hotels

Traveling with your kids and introducing them to new cultures is an enriching experience for the whole family. But it also presents an obstacle course of logistical challenges. So at some point this year, leave behind the juice boxes and baggies of cheerios. Go somewhere adventurous with just you and your partner– somewhere it would […]

3 great 'community tourism' experiences in Ecuador

3 great ‘community tourism’ experiences in Ecuador

Community tourism has been described as the difference between seeing and living, as exemplified in the two scenarios below: Scenario one: You arrive in a small Andean town on board a bus full of tourists, drive around, take shots of various landmarks, eat in a upscale restaurant, buy a few souvenirs, exchange a “buenos dias” […]

Top 7 luxury yachts sailing in the Galapagos Islands

Top 7 luxury yachts sailing in the Galapagos Islands

It’s easy to see why the Galapagos Islands are on most savvy travelers’ “bucket-lists.” With the archipelago being one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, nothing can prepare you for a visit to this exotic masterpiece of Mother Nature. Some travelers prefer to experience this once-in-a-lifetime experience on a land-based “land-hopping” tour – eating, sleeping […]

6 of the best hotels in the Galapagos Islands

6 of the best hotels in the Galapagos Islands

Somewhere near the top of most people’s bucket list, the legendary Galapagos Islands is one of the most diverse and fantastic natural paradises on the planet. Formed more than five million years ago as a result of volcanic activity, the archipelago is the quintessence of nature in its most primitive and pure state. On its islands and […]

5 must-see birds in the Galapagos

5 must-see birds in the Galapagos

Bird watchers who want a luxury vacation should set their sights on the Galápagos Islands. To fully appreciate these islands’ remote beauty, arrive on a luxurious cruiser. You can find beautifully appointed tour boats that provide ample space on deck for bird watching (as well as sunbathing, swimming in the built-in swimming pool, and sampling […]

6 of the best hotels in Quito, Ecuador

6 of the best hotels in Quito, Ecuador

For the third year in a row, Quito has won the “Oscar” of the tourism awards. Competing in the World Travel Awards with other attractive destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Bogota, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, the Ecuadorian capital was declared the “Destination Leader of South America” for 2015. Having also been […]

Top 5 adventurous holidays

Top 5 adventurous holidays

For those looking for something a bit different to your typical beach holidays, we have compiled our favourite adventurous holidays, perfect for those wanting to experience something unique. From an exploration of the South eastern nation of Burma, the depths of the vast Antarctica to an epic rail journey across several countries and a trek […]

5 of the best hacienda/hotels in the Ecuadorian Andes

5 of the best hacienda/hotels in the Ecuadorian Andes

In the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Ecuadorian highlands you can discover the rustic charm of Andean haciendas filled with Spanish colonial history and natural splendor. Yet, a closer look will reveal that these one-time mountain hacienda/hotels have been converted into stylish boutique hideaways. These chic oases retain their wood and brick rooms, working fireplaces, antique […]

5 Andean markets that will take you back in time

5 Andean markets that will take you back in time

If you want a souvenir of your trip to the Andes, don’t settle for a last-minute purchase at the duty-free shop. Ever since the Spanish imposed their city-planning styles on Andean communities, the central square has served as a gathering place where people can peddle their wares and catch up with their neighbors. Marketplaces in […]

5 of the best Ecuadorian eco-lodge experiences

5 of the best Ecuadorian eco-lodge experiences

The very notion of luxury travel is being re-worked. Old-fashioned, ostentatious “luxury” hotels are clearly outmoded, as today’s high-end travelers are searching for experiential adventure. They are looking to “get inside” a destination – connecting with the indigenous culture, sampling the local food, and appreciating local designs. These modern-day explorers pursue not just vacations, but […]

4 mythological destinations in Latin America

4 mythological destinations in Latin America

Visitors come to Latin America looking for incredible scenery. Long before globetrotting travelers came to snap photographs, the following destinations all inspired local legends. When you visit, you will share in the awe that the indigenous people felt for the unknowable depths of the nearby lakes, valleys, and volcanoes. Lake Titicaca, Peru Visitors will find […]

5 Central and South American waterfalls that'll leave you speechless

5 Central and South American waterfalls that’ll leave you speechless

Waterfalls steal the show when you’re hiking through Central and South America. When you arrive at the waterfalls on this list, you’ll have made your way through some of the most lushly diverse environments in the world. These environments are also some of the most humid, so you’re likely to find a splash in the […]

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