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EC10 Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour

10 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 it is…

EC12 Ecuador Tour

11 days from Quito to Guayaquil

Join us on an exploration of the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most rewarding destinations; Ecuador. Along the 'Avenue of the…

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…

PE12 Peru & The Galapagos Tour

14 days from Lima to Quito

This is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a fascinating sea-borne foray amongst the fabled and…

EC13 Ecuador Tour

15 days from Quito to Guayaquil

Our 15 days of adventure are well-spent on this thrill-ride of a tour, as we explore the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most…

EC14 Ecuador Tour

15 days from Quito to Quito

Striking a balance between exploration of the natural and man-made worlds, we split our days in South America by experiencing a taste of ancient…

PE13 Peru & The Galapagos Tour With The Nazca Lines

17 days from Lima to Quito

This is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a fascinating sea-borne foray amongst the fabled and…

EC15 Ecuador Tour

19 days from Quito to Quito

This 19-day adventure in Ecuador takes us into the Amazon Basin and amid the Galapagos Islands, two destinations that are so different both from each…

EP10 Ecuador & Peru Tour

22 days from Quito to Lima

Enjoy a varied sample of the abundance of South America as we travel to Ecuador, Peru and the Galapagos Islands on this exiting three-week adventure…

EP11 Ecuador & Peru Tour

26 days from Quito to Lima

For a comprehensive overview of the diversity and splendour of nature in South America, this thrilling tour is definitely the one to opt for. For an…

EP12 Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Tour

28 days from Quito to La Paz

Nestled in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano high in the Andes, Ecuador's capital city, Quito, boasts a wealth of attraction and a natural…

PQ10 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour

28 days from Lima to Guayaquil

Lima, or 'The City of the Kings' as it was dubbed by Spanish conquistadors, is a city that enjoys world-renowned fame for its abundant attractions…

PQ11 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour

31 days from Lima to Guayaquil

Peru's capital city was once called 'The City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors and it is here that we begin our 28-day tour through South America.…

EP13 Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Tour

32 days from Quito to La Paz

Pristine tropical jungle, exotic flora and teeming fauna serve as the most picturesque introduction to South America, as we begin our 36-day tour…

PQ12 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour

32 days from Lima to Quito

Home to more than one-third of the country's population, Lima is the must-see commercial and cultural hub of Peru and we take the initial couple of…

PQ13 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour

35 days from Lima to Quito

Using the Peruvian capital of Lima as a jump-off point, we travel to the world-famous Nazca Lines; a massive series of 2,000-year-old glyphs carved…

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Ecuador Tours by Adventures Abroad: 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 Ecuador & 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 Ecuador & 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. Join our Ecuador tours to experience all the wonders of this incredible destination.

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