Quito & its surroundings – The Ecuadorean Amazonia -The Ecuadorean Andes – Guayaquil & Galapagos


North of Quito, it is the first stop of the Equator’s indigenous world discovery where one of the most important native markets of Latin American is held every day. Departure point to explore a series of small villages that led amateur travelers to be charmed by popular traditions as well very pretty natural sites, such as the San Pablo Lake towered over by the Imbabura volcano which rises more than 4600 meters.

Cotopaxi National Park

Located south of Quito, walk or trekking in this park that surrounds Cotopaxi volcano, a giant close to 5900 meters, enable to admire the breathtaking beauty of the Andes landscapes.


Andes small village next to Quito and well-known for its natural pool with thermal waters.

This small town is located west of Quito, at the end of a valley, convenient departure point for many journeys especially known for watching birds in the middle of incredible landscapes.



Leaving Quito 7 hours are needed to reach the vast amazonian prairies crossed by the Napo River. Alongside road, watch for the greenery magic change going from the Andes towards the tropical forest.


Misuahualli, small harbor on the Napo River, departure in a canoe with engine or in a little boat through the jungle to one of the lodges nestled in the thick greenery.

The Ecuadorian Amazonia has an invaluable worth for the traveler who loves Nature. It can be discovered on foot or by canoe. Many journeys are suggested to travelers: astonishing wildlife and flora discovery, meet with the indigenous communities…..It is easy to discover as the trails in the forest and the waterways are more accessible. Thus, without losing the quality of the discovery as the wildlife and fauna are rich and astonishing. You can also visit local native communities who have well preserved their ancient traditions.

The best way to explore this part of Amazonia without a doubt by spending two or three nights in lodges that have at your disposal forest rangers guides experts in the region.

For example Casa del Suizo Lodge was ideally built on a headland. To enter the Amazonian world, several journeys can be organized on foot or by canoe leaving from the lodges.


The city is the communicating door between the Andes world and the Amazonia. It is a must see  pass through.

Baños is located facing the Amazonia, in the middle of mountains covered  by luxuriant greenery and splendid hidden waterfalls as well as thermal spring water in natural pools. It is a genuine sanctuary of nature.



Before arriving to Cuenca, a surprise gets the traveler at Ingapirca where the unique Inca vestige stands in the middle of the Andes landscape. Archaeologists cannot still certify if the Ingapirca ruins have belong to a temple or a fortress.



At 2000 meters of altitude, the city charms because of its architectural heritage where the 19th century Italian style and colonial style are harmoniously blending. The ultimate cultural city, classified World Heritage Site. Cuenca has an important archaeological museum, the museum of indigenous cultures. Also to be visited the market of flowers held in the small Carmen square not too far from the church El Carmen de la Asuncion.

To be enjoyed too, small workshops where fine straw hats are made, also called “panama” for which only the Cuenca region has the secret of making hats…. strolling down the streets and squares of Cuenca is highly recommended as the city is plentiful of an irresistible appeal.



This paradise declared national park and designated World Heritage is indisputably one of the richest destinations to discover in Latin America, and also one of the most protected areas, thanks to a responsible tourism policy which protects these so delicate ecosystems.

From island to island, not-to-be-missed:

  • Santa Cruz – “Darwin Station” visit, scientific research center for the species protection mainly the famous gigantic turtles.
  • Isabela – The spectacular volcanic landscapes peppered by lagoons. Many birds including the blue foot gannets, turtles, iguanas and flamingos. Hiking is possible
  • Fernandina – to watch colonies of marine iguanas, fur sea lions as well as red and turquoise crabs.
  • Genovesa – Bird Island: hidden gannets, mockingbirds, red foot gannets,….
  • From Guayaquil or from Quito, the traveler can take a flight to go to the Galapagos archipelago, Charles Darwin’s dearest islands.

Today is feasible to undertake a journey to Galapagos by staying in lodges and by going on cruises. A must do journey!