About Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
Come step into the lost world of Dr. Seuss as you paddle around the rocky coast of Isabela Bay, hike over ancient lava flows in the highlands of the Sierra Negra volcano and plunge into the Pacific Ocean at Kicker Rock to witness the underwater rush hour of marine life. There's probably nowhere else on the planet you can find such a variety and concentration of unique island creatures, like blue-footed boobies dancing on the rocks, vividly coloured Sally Lightfoot crabs scurrying underfoot, prehistoric-looking marine iguanas slipping in for a swim or giant tortoises slowing making their way through the lush forest.
We've found the best way to experience the incredibly abundant wildlife – in the ocean, on land and in the skies – is by spending plenty of time on the water (kayaking, snorkelling or diving) and by exploring the archipelago's many islands on foot and by bike. What our visitors don't expect is how much they'll enjoy staying ashore each night to get to know the other residents of Darwin's famous outpost, especially our guides, who are its passionate guardians and storytellers.
Back on the mainland, Ecuador is a diverse and compact, yet virtually undiscovered adventure playground. Until the rest of the world catches on to South America's best kept secret, you can cycle down one of the world's highest volcanoes, hike deep into the lush Amazon jungle to swim under waterfalls, explore its rivers by canoe in search of wildlife and hike up into Andean alpine tundra – all in relative solitude.