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 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 our home for two nights, 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.
4-8 Fly to the Galápagos Islands, an isolated sanctuary for a stunning array of unique plants and animals, and get set for incredible up-close wildlife viewing | 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.