Ecuador Tours

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EQ6 Ecuador & Galapagos Tour

13 days from Quito to Quito

High in the Andes, we set foot in the capital city of Ecuador, Quito, which rests on the fringe of the dormant Pichinicha Volcano. This city is not…

EC11 Experiential Ecuador Tour

14 days from Quito to Quito

This is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive aspect of this trip is that…

EQ8 Ecuador Tour

15 days from Quito to Quito

From the frenetic pace and man-made aesthetic beauty of the capital city of Quito, we make headway for the tranquility and natural splendour of one…

P29 Peru & The Galapagos Tour

16 days from Lima to Quito

This tour is an expedition along land of such immaculate beauty that it is hard to justify the experience through the use of flowery adjectives and…

11S Peru & Galapagos Family Tour

16 days from Lima to Quito

Lima, the capital of Peru and a vibrant metropolis that was once given the apt nickname 'City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors, is the first stop…

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Found nearly 1000 km west of mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a natural marvel and a must-see for wildlife lovers. An archipelago of 12 large and several hundred smaller volcanic islands rose to international fame with the visit of Charles Darwin in 1835 and inspired his first theories of evolution. On our Galapagos tours, we enjoy up-close views of unusual, specially-adapted animals, plants and terrains including sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, land and sea birds, volcanic landscapes, unusual cacti and vegetation.

Birders have a unique opportunity on Galapagos tours to experience the unique diversity of the islands. One can spot an array of birds from Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Espanola mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird feeding near sea lion colonies.

Historically, very little is known if the country was visited by a Pre-Columbian culture. Some artifacts such as ceramics have been found, however, being such a far flung island in the Pacific Ocean, it is deemed unlikely that the empires such as the Incas (who were not seafarers) reached the islands. The first European landfall came in the 16th century as a boat heading towards Peru was blown off course in bad weather.

For over three centuries, the islands were in occasional use. As staging grounds for pirates hoping to attack Spanish ships and later as a base for whalers searching for whale oil in the region. It was during this time that a freshly independant Ecuador annexed the islands into their control.

Like most of South America, Ecuador fought for its independence in the early 19th century and ultimately won. The strength of its neighbours at the time ensured that Ecuador would not become a large country in size however the vast variety within its borders have put this country on a short list of the most biodiverse countries in the world.

Although under Ecuadorian control, it was a British naturalist that would bring the most fame to the volcanic islands. Charles Darwin along with captain Robert Fitzroy sailed to the Galapagos in 1835 on a survey mission. While there, Darwin observed the unique volcanic geology and biology of the islands which later helped him create his theory on natural selection in relation to evolution, as documented in the book The Origins of Species.

The start of the 20th century saw small groups of Europeans start to inhabit some of the islands as well as an American military base be set up on Baltra Island.

In 1959, one hundred years after Darwin published his book the Origins of Species, the majority of the Galapagos was designated a national park with Galapagos tours highlighting the conservation as well as diversity of these islands.

The Galapagos are best seen by boat, with wet landings on coral sand beaches to explore sea lion populations, circumnavigations of inlets with volcanic tuff formations, walks among prickly-pear cactus forests, and plenty of opportunity to get close to unique animals or birds above and below the shoreline.

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