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Ecuador: an ideal destination for when the virus storm abates

We’re now forced to hide away, remaining in lockdown to fend off the COVID-19 coronavirus. Nonetheless, Ecuador wants to remind travelers that it’s a destination waiting to welcome them back with open arms once this pandemic is in the rearview. This open invitation is highlighted in a new video just released by this scenic country’s Tourism Ministry, urging increasingly anxious travelers to keep Ecuador in mind.
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While this promotional clip eludes to several points, we wanted to spell out five reasons why Ecuador should be short-listed as a destination once you can begin exploring again. 1. A place close to nature and away from the crowds Here, in the pint-sized South American nation of Ecuador, you can find the most amazing nature vacations, where you can stay away from the congested cities and crowds that you might prefer to avoid. As travelers will be craving wide-open spaces and oxygen-rich destinations, this is precisely what you’ll discover in Ecuador. In fact, national parks and protected areas make of an astounding 27% of mainland Ecuador and 97% of its Galapagos Islands! In addition to Ecuador’s sprawling Amazonian rainforest, as well as its breathtaking Andean region and the nation’s hundreds of miles of sunbathed Pacific coast, the country is brimming with astonishing biodiversity in its breezy Galapagos Islands. Since the diminutive country’s four regions are very close to each other, you could easily visit all “four worlds of Ecuador,” experiencing in days what it might take several weeks to see elsewhere. 2. A national hospitality industry polishing up its act The Ecuadorian travel industry is now under incredible scrutiny, with all high-quality hospitality providers already adapting their operations and standards to ensure their guests are safe when travel opens again. With hygiene and sanitation now being made a top priority, Ecuadorian hotels are looking for ways to further heighten their sanitation standards and to establish social-distancing protocols at their properties. We’ve already begun seeing initial improvements like adding disinfecting wipes in public spaces and outside elevator banks, equipping staff with personal protective equipment, and disinfecting guest rooms frequently with electrostatic sprayers. Similarly, airlines have begun making significant shifts to promote cleanliness, hygiene and safety in consultation with epidemiologists. As the aviation industry tries to find its footing, in the near term at least, we’ll likely see pre-boarding health checks at the airport, in addition to face mask requirements for the flight crew and passengers. Yachts are likely to embrace similar measures to those being deployed by these airlines, including enhanced onboard cleaning processes. 3. A family and small-group friendly destination Once we finally turn the page on COVID-19, families will have likely spent months without really having had a chance to spend time together. Indeed, travel specialists are expecting the post-pandemic world to see what was the already-growing travel trend of multi-generational and small group travel being dialed up to a notch. This emerging demand is accommodated perfectly by stays in Ecuador, whose hospitality infrastructure is designed around these needs. For example, instead of the mega-cruise ships that made the news in recent weeks, the main types of sailing vessels in the Galapagos Islands are intimate 8-suite luxury yachts, which can be charted for entire families or groups of friends. Similarly, the country’s many family-run hotels and lodges are designed not for burgeoning crowds, but for couples and small groups of close friends and family. 4. A country with experienced and reliable travel operators Thanks primarily to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands being among South America’s top-4 tourist destinations, the country has developed a number of quality tour operators that provide direct booking. These local tour operators differ from online travel agencies (OTAs) that act as middlemen to book all sorts of travel in one place. With these OTA intermediaries, though, what’s now become apparent is that if something goes wrong when booking through these companies, they become only another cumbersome piece of the puzzle that needs to be figured out. Before a trip is successfully changed or canceled, for example, this can sometimes involve hours of calls to the OTA, then to the airline, then back to the OTA and so on. With an experienced local Ecuadorian travel provider, you have only their policies to contend with and you will have your own personal travel advisor to sort out any difficulties. The value of this role came into sharp focus recently when travel advisers were able to step up, spending countless hours to get travelers home. 5. Meaningful “bucket list” travel opportunities Prior to the COVID pandemic, “micro-trips” were becoming a huge trend in which people would fly to far-flung destinations for short periods of time. Such travel was afforded by cheap airfares and the booming “sharing economy” (like Airbnb, etc.). Travel experts are now thinking that adventurers might begin considering fewer trips, with these being of longer duration and more meaningful. Regions like Ecuador’s Andes, its Amazon region and of course its Galapagos Islands offer such “bucket list” experiences that many of us have been planning and putting off for years. Now, with this latest and greatest reality check having shaken us all up, people will begin realizing that places like Ecuador — with the diversity of sprawling landscapes, cultures, and exotic wildlife (not to mention its amazing food!) — is a destination that checks all the boxes. As we know, the travel industry is quite resilient and expected to rebound fairly quickly to satisfy some of the pent-up demand of adventurous people anxious to hit the road. Therefore, travel to Ecuador represents a nature vacation for safely experiencing the very best that South America has to offer. Alfonso Tandazo is President and CEO at Surtrek Tour Operator. Surtrek Tour Operator is a well-established firm, specializing in custom-designed luxury tours in Ecuador, the Galapagos and throughout the rest of South America. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Alfonso Tandazo

Alfonso Tandazo is President and CEO at Surtrek Tour Operator. Surtrek Tour Operator is a well-established firm, specializing in custom-designed luxury tours in Ecuador, the Galapagos and throughout the rest of South America. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. I was hoping to make my first trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos this year after reading so many fantastic articles on A Luxury Travel Blog but, alas, it looks like I am going to have to wait until next year. I was just going to be there for 2 weeks and am now starting to think whether I need longer, especially if I’m to see much of mainland Ecuador.

    1. Hey, that’s really cool. What an amazing trip you had planned! Yeah, I’m guessing that the longer you can stay, the more you will enjoy it. But two weeks sounds like plenty of time to visit. Best of luck! I’m sure you will get your chance.

    2. I am an experienced traveler, have visited many beautiful parts of the world but Ecuador is and has been my favourite destination for the past 10 years.i stay there 3 months of the year-, enjoying the beautiful scenery,flora and fauna this country has to offer….the meaningful guitar tunes of a “Pasillo.”the welcoming friendliness of Ecuadorians eager to make sure you enjoy your stay!

  2. How is the coronavirus situation in Ecuador right now? It didn’t sound great in Guayaquil when I last heard. I do hope the country is able to bounce back quickly. I love Ecuador and really want to support the country with another visit once it is safe to do so, of course.

    1. I just looked into that a bit, and it seems like they are still struggling with debt payments. They are one of the few countries in South America that has a strong relationship with China, which is certainly unique. So one way it may bounce back is with tourism. Sad stories from places with political instability to combat a virus, and it makes me grateful that I am safe where I am now.

  3. I am absolutely fascinated by Ecuador! I know of some friends who visited there and they had some beautiful pictures of mountains and waterfalls. They seemed so happy and peaceful when they were there, too. I’m looking forward to visiting there and to see the Galapagos Islands is such a dream for me.

  4. Truth be told, I am just waiting for the pandemic to abate and die down altogether so I can get back to traveling. I’ve been missing it so much that I would take local travels if it was possible. I would think micro trips would still be a go-to for some people who will be a little bit scared of venturing to other parts of the world for longer periods of time, even post-pandemic. I’ve been deciding where to go and weighing the safety and cost factors of going farther and staying longer. I would imagine that everything would cost a bit more as businesses try to recuperate. In any case, I’ve been reading a lot about Latin America and Iceland for quite a while now, so maybe I’ll start there. Ecuador does seem like a good, family-friendly place to go.

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