Ecuador…there is so much that can be said about this beautiful country. As the Dalai Lama said: “Once a year go somewhere you’ve never been”… And Ecuador is one of those places. And as Hans Christian Anderson also said: To travel is to live! and you must live the experiences in this extraordinary country.
Ecuador is known for its breathtaking natural wonders, rich cultural heritage, and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine. Ecuador is a beautiful country in the heart of South America, known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscape, and energetic people.
Ecuador, a small country, has a plethora to show off within its boundaries: breathtaking natural sceneries, innumerable wildlife species, hidden indigenous cultures, amazing volcanic landscapes and exquisite architecture.
Most travelers think of Galapagos when Ecuador is the topic. However, there are more than unique species in the enchanting archipelago. What to explore then? The vivid Mindo cloud forest, the vibrant Quito capital city, the colorful Otavalo market, the impressive Volcano Alley and more.
How to arrive to Quito and to Galapagos
Well, by plane there are lots of flights arriving from anywhere in the world. Also, by land it is possible to arrive by bus or car as this country has frontier with Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica through the Galapagos Islands
Arrive to Galapagos by plane, shuttle or ferry. The flight is from Guayaquil airport to Baltra airport and from there to Galapagos by taxi boat or from Guayaquil airport to San Cristobal airport and from there by ferry. So, you can take the taxi to Guayaquil Airport, take the plane to Baltra Island Airport, take the walk to Baltra Island Airport, take the shuttle to Puerto Ayora, take the walk to Puerto Ayora Pier, take the Taxi boat to Isla Santa Cruz, then take the travel to Galápagos Islands. Or, you can take a vehicle from Guayaquil to Galápagos Islands via Guayaquil Airport, San Cristóbal Airport, Isla San Cristóbal, and Isla Santa Cruz in around 6h 44m.
About the cruises to the Islands
Now, what we can suggest for you for a real great adventure and get to know more of this wonderful place, is to travel to Galapagos on a cruise and visit each day an island.
As said by Conde Nast Traveler: Galapagos cruises are the best way to experience the collection of remote, mostly uninhabited islands about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. But cruises in the Galapagos Islands aren’t like cruises anyplace else. The ships here are smaller, with some carrying as few as 16 passengers. There are no water slides, elaborate Broadway shows, casinos, or wild nightclubs. And don’t expect big bus tours in port either.
Galapagos cruises are about experiencing nature and wildlife while limiting environmental impact as much as possible. Ships are built for sustainability and toting items like kayaks, paddleboards, and scuba gear. Itineraries may feature two active excursions a day, limiting downtime on board the ship. Instead of museums and historic sights, you’ll visit uninhabited islands to encounter marine iguanas, sea lions, unspoiled beaches, and the adventures of a lifetime.
Trips to the Galapagos Islands are logistically complicated, making cruises an especially good way to experience the area. Travelers to the Galapagos Islands must first fly to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, for a night before flying to the Galapagos to board their ships. All travelers must also be accompanied by National Parks Guides who can help them navigate these largely undeveloped islands. Galapagos cruise itineraries are typically a week long and cover a portion of the islands, sometimes more.
Which are the best months to visit Galapagos?
With pleasant temperatures all year long, the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is whenever you’re ready to go. Several cruise lines sail to the Galapagos Islands all year long. While you can see wildlife all year, December is hatching season for the giant tortoises, and July is mating season for blue-footed boobies and short-eared owls. Sea turtles lay their eggs early in the year and fully formed marine iguanas typically hatch in April and May.
We offer different alternatives of cruises or programs in other cities of Ecuador, just ask for it and we will be more than happy to make your dreamed trip come true.