Hike to villages in volcano-studded highlands and discover crafts, music and ancient ruins. Then enjoy a mind-blowing adventure in the Galápagos Islands. Ever see a frigate bird strut his stuff? Or a seaweed-eating iguana? Alongside a naturalist, witness incredible wildlife behavior right before your eyes.
1 Hike the orchid-lined caldera rim of deep blue Laguna de Cuicocha Enjoy the spirited serenading of musicians playing handcrafted instruments Explore the quaint town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods.
2-3 Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains Visit Ecuador's foremost master weavers Walk through a eucalyptus forest and the fertile valleys between Cayambe and Imbabura Volcanoes Learn about daily life from the locals in the community of Angla Fernando Polanco, grandson of an Ecuadorian president, welcomes us to Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working farm set amid volcano vistas and pre-Inca ruins Hike to archaeological sites and along winding roads through the lush pastureland of the Zuleta Valley Ever milked a cow? Now's your chance!
4-8 Get set for incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos Islands, an isolated sanctuary for a stunning array of unique plants and animals With an expert local guide, marvel at blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, white-tipped reef sharks, fluorescent fish, sea lions and lava lizards Boat from island to island, stopping to snorkel, kayak, hike, bike and swim Spot marine iguanas basking in the sun, unfazed by the Sally Lightfoot crabs that scurry about Kick back at our comfortable island lodges or venture out to hike, play at the beach and discover quaint port towns.