Galapagos & Ecuador
It's hard to resist the different facets of Ecuador, with all its variety and cultural diversity. As one of the smallest countries in Latin America, Ecuador boasts variety in every sense of the word: of the people, cultures, climates, geography, languages and architecture. As Charles Darwin wrote of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is 'a world within itself.'
Whilst the country is the perfect gate-away to diving the world renowned Galapagos Islands (which need no introduction) it is also definitely worth exploring on land!
Explore snow-capped mountains, swim from beautiful beaches, spot unique wildlife and visit untouched Amazon rainforest, fuming volcanoes and smouldering lowlands. Colonial cities, indigenous markets and traditional crafts sit comfortably sit alongside modern infrastructure. There are rivers to raft, peaks to scale, trails to blaze and waters to explore.
Ecuador has the privilege to hold within its boundaries the legendary Galapagos Islands.
Few people have the opportunity of diving its pristine seas and no place on Earth will boast such a variety of underwater sightings. Your underwater adventures will encompass everything from whales to nudibranchs and much, much more. The islands are best known for amazing shark diving and you will generally have the chance to encounter silky sharks, the famous Galapagos shark and LOTS of schooling hammerheads. Macro-lovers will also get their share of the action with an abundance of seahorses, blennies, hawk fishes and many others little critters.
Your trip to the Galapagos will be filled with memories to last you a lifetime and your experience can be challenging, but the rewards will be unforgettable!
Land based attractions...
After having made the journey to Ecuador for your Galapagos diving adventure, you may wish to make the most of being in this incredible country by extending your stay to allow some time to explore the island and mainland attractions
The Galapagos Islands offer several hotels which would allow more time to investigate this beautiful archipelago, as well as joining in with some daily diving. This would offer you the opportunity to further enjoy the uniqueness of this amazing destination.
Mainland Ecuador has something for everyone. If you are interested in nature, the country boasts an incredible variety of landscapes and eco systems: the Andes, volcanic areas, rain forests and tropical beach resorts. If you are more of the cultural type then the museums, villages and Ecuadorian traditions and crafts will offer you an insight into the history of this ancient land.