Ecuador – home of the Panama hats, the famous Galapagos archipelago and its namesake – the equator. Here is my personal experience of this wonderful country.
When I first heard about my upcoming trip to Ecuador, the first thing I thought about was the Galapagos Islands, and why shouldn’t I? These fascinating and remote archipelagos are on everyone’s bucket list. But it turns out that this amazing little country, with its capital Quito high up in the Andes Mountains, has a lot more to offer!
Our travelstarted With a Galapagos cruise followed by a stop in the city of Quito and ending with an Amazon cruise.
After this transit by Santiago, wWe stayed in the beautiful town of Guayaquil,famous for its delicious seafood. We then took a short flight to Baltra Island, 1000 km off the coast.Here we boarded the Santa Cruz 11, one of the largest ships that the Islands, though it isstill classified as a small ship or expedition cruise.
Life on board is very different from your traditional cruise. Do not do it Expect magic shows, or discos bingo. What you will enjoy is the magic of the documentaries, nature talks, presentations… And great cocktails and wines!
There is no Wi-Fi, so you are truly one with nature. Trust me, you will see thousands of amazing species of birds, reptiles and mammals every day.
You stay active by swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and Go, jJust like Charles Darwin in the 19th century. Expect your photography skills to improve day by day!
According to our ‘once in a lifetime‘ Galapagos experience, We spent some time by doing beautiful historic city of Quito. Here we discovered the Inca and Spanish history, culture and traditions. We learnnt that the Panama hat comes from Ecuador, their chocolate is divine, and The We needed bigger suitcases to bring home our beautiful handcrafted souvenirs from the Otavalo markets!
We wmarriage excited to be in the small border town of Coca on the banks of the Napo River in theYasuniNational park. Here we have embarked our Amazon cRuise aboard the luxury 14 cabin Manatee Explorer.
Just a tip, while the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands is fearless and observable up close, you need to actively seek in the jungle and wait patiently to see the amazing creatures.
For some reason we expects monkeys and macaws to sit visibly or hang from trees when exploring, howeverwe wmarriage not correct. They are much harder to pin down so expect to crawl silently and see from a distance. There is tTwo things to remember about the Ecuadorian Amazon. One, wWhen it rains, it REALLY rains! And two, an iPhone flashlight Not Cut it on an evening jungle walkso cHeck your Packing list!
Would I do Amazon first next time? Probably.
If I get the chance to go back to EcuadorI‘d love to explore his other wonders. To likethe Door Crucero that weaves by the varied areas of the Andes, or Stay in a luxury jungle lodge or even the sdemandingMashpiLodge located in the rainforest clouds. Next time!
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