Fellow Macarena Iturralde describes the beauty of one of her favorite trips – a tour around Ecuador.
Traveling around Ecuador is one of the most enriching experiences one may have. Not only, because of the diversity of the wildlife and the people, but also because of the impressive landscapes. A green and very productive Inter – Andean valley divides the Andes in Eastern and Western mountain ranges. The trip follows the Avenue of the Volcanoes, visiting Indigenous villages and markets. Some of these volcanoes are still active, such as Tungurahua, which is constantly throwing rocks and ash clouds, giving a real sense of adventure. The experience is complemented by a comfortable stay in remodeled 17th-century Haciendas.
From the Andes, this trip continues to the Amazon basin due East. The difference in climate and vegetation will keep everybody amazed with the views. From thin air and rocky highlands, drop, in less than one hour drive, to the mystical and lush temperate cloudy forests. The drive continues down, following rivers and waterfalls as it passes the subtropical forest, a paradise for bird watching, to finally reach one of the main affluent to the Amazon river, the Napo river. The local tribes, the food, and the wildlife are only one portion of this incredible trip. It is possible to travel on a floating Hotel or stay at a luxury jungle lodge. Get to see Ecuador´s mainland with life experiences enjoying the unique culture, traditions, and gastronomy of each region.
The trip continues to visit Ecuador´s fourth region, the Galapagos Archipelago. Sailing around the islands and visiting different sites every morning and afternoon will not only make you feel in a natural paradise, but also the close contact with unique flora and fauna unique to the Archipelago. Swimming with sea turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and hammerhead sharks will be an experience you will never forget.
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