Ecuador adventure travel

Ecuador – Ripe for Adventure

For those who like their holidays with a side (or more) of adventure, Ecuador is a natural choice. What this compact South American country lacks in size, it makes up for in sheer variety and number of activities, sights and astonishing landscapes.  Its petite proportions actually work to its advantage, as visitors can sample all four regions – jungle, mountains, Pacific coast and Galapagos Islands – in just two weeks.

Ecuador has a well-developed infrastructure for adventure activities and sports, with no shortage of tour agencies and guides offering a multitude of pursuits – and all for exceptionally reasonable prices. Not all agencies and guides are of the same quality, so be sure to do your homework or check with us first.

Something for everyone

The adventure begins in the breathtaking Andes mountains, which cross the country from north to south. Hiking, climbing and horse-riding opportunities abound and are nothing short of spectacular. Ecuador has no less than 20 active volcanoes, including the picture-perfect glacier-covered Cotopaxi, which can be scaled with the help of a guide. Hiking around a volcanic crater lake, soothing aching limbs in natural hot springs, followed by relaxing by the wood-burning fire of a carefully-preserved colonial hacienda – pure bliss.

Thanks to some fast-flowing rivers, sports such as white-water rafting and kayaking are hugely popular – and a lot of fun. The best spot for river sports is Tena, a small Amazon town that’s easily reachable by car, bus or a quick 50-minute plane ride. Other destinations include Baños and Santo Domingo. Baños is known as Quito’s playground, and for good reason: as well as rafting and kayaking, you can opt for canyoning, rock-climbing, zip-lining, cycling, quad-biking, and even hiking through valleys dotted with towering waterfalls. After a busy day of action, there are numerous spas offering relaxing massages and treatments at very reasonable prices. Head further into the jungle and you will experience the magnificently diverse Ecuadorean Amazon, which boasts some of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. Ecuador has more than 1,500 bird species, offering extraordinary bird-watching opportunities. You’ll be spoiled for choice for accommodation: there are several jungle lodges to choose from, ranging from rustic to sumptuously luxurious.

If surfing, snorkeling or diving get you going, then you’re in good company. There are several fantastic spots along the Pacific Coast to do all three (the 2013 World Surfing Championships were held in the popular beach town of Montañita). The awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands, though, is undoubtedly the best place for snorkeling and diving – Lonely Planet named these islands as one of the top 10 places in the world to learn to dive, and, when you’re diving and snorkeling alongside hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, penguins, eagle rays, dolphins, sea lions and marine iguanas (to name a few), you’ll be sure to agree. With 45 endemic birds species as well, it’s clear that the Galapagos is truly the most unique wildlife safari there is.

Planning an adventure holiday in Ecuador? Please get in touch with us and we’ll help you create the holiday of a lifetime.

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