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Ecuador: From the Cloud Forest to The Galapagos Islands

August 27, 2018

Tiny Ecuador is one of our favourite South American countries. In fact, it is so small that you can have a morning surf in the Pacific, lunch in the Andes beneath snow-capped volcanoes, and swim in an Amazon lagoon late afternoon.  And of course, Ecuador also lays claim to the incomparable Galapagos Islands. Despite it’s small size, it contains a wealth of natural wonders.

Ecuador is ranked among the world’s top 17 mega-diverse countries. But fauna and flora are not its only assets. For centuries, Ecuador’s lush geography has encouraged the settlement of numerous native groups. These groups have maintained their rituals, myths and traditions. From the lowland coastal region to the high Sierra, and in the Amazon. Then, there is the impressive colonial buildings, which bear witness to the heritage left by the Spanish. From the natural world to fascinating cultural traditions, Ecuador will leave you wanting more.

This deluxe package is exclusive to Contours Travel. So let us show you the incredible natural beauty and diversity of Ecuador.

Quito and Casa Gangotena

Stay at the prestigious Casa Gangotena, located in UNESCO listed colonial city of Quito. Casa Gangotena was named one of the best hotels of the world according to Travel + Leisure. And with Contours Travel will you enjoy two free nights at this prestigious hotel! So you will have plenty of time to explore Quito’s cobblestone streets, plazas and passageways. In fact, Ecuador’s capital has one of the best-preserved centres of the Americas.

The Cloud Forest & Mashpi Lodge

Then, escape to the mystical cloud forest where you will witness the incredible biodiversity surrounding award-winning Mashpi Lodge. This striking property is one of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Here you will be able to spot around 500 species of birds, trees, and frogs found nowhere else in the world. Take a guided hike through the forest. Fly high above the trees on a canopy gondola. Or simply relax in Mashpi’s spa. Yes, this truly is a sanctuary for your senses.

The Galapagos Islands on board Santa Cruz II

Lastly, experience the ultimate luxurious adventure in the Galapagos Islands on board the Santa Cruz II Cruise. Kayak and snorkel with the marine fauna or take a dip into Galapagos clear water beaches. You will have the chance to see 13 of the remarkable Big 15 Galapagos species!!

Contact one of our Travel Specialists to find out more about our exclusive itinerary exploring the best of Ecuador’s natural wonders.