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Experience Our Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Our customized, private insider tours of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands feature our favorite places and experiences in the country.

Did you know...

That Ecuador has an incredibly rich biodiversity spread over four distinct geographic regions: Amazon jungle, Andes mountains, Pacific Coast and Galapagos Islands?

Galapagos by land or by sea...

Artisans of Leisure can arrange a cruise or land-based tour of the Galapagos Islands. Both are great options for seeing the top landing sites and a wide variety of wildlife, including Galapagos tortoises and marine iguanas.

For chocolate lovers...

Ecuador is one of the world’s largest producers of gourmet cacao, the beans used to make cocoa and chocolate. Sampling bars from Ecuadorian chocolate makers such as award-winning Pacari is a must.

Memorable moment...

Watching sea lions turning somersaults underwater and sea turtles sleeping on the sandy ocean floor while snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Spanish-colonial architecture...

In 1978, Quito became the first city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its wealth of Spanish-colonial architecture. Walk through historic districts, see churches glittering with gold and enjoy views of the mountains surrounding the city.

Birding in Ecuador...

Over 18 percent of all bird species in the world can be found in Ecuador, including penguins, parrots, condors, cock-of-the-rocks and blue-footed boobies, making it a top destination for birders.

Local fashion...

The “Panama hat” is actually from Ecuador. We can arrange a visit to a top local boutique or a tour of a workshop to watch artisans weave the hats from local toquilla palm leaves.

Pre-Columbian art...

We can arrange touring of top museums in Quito and Guayaquil to see the beautiful art from ancient civilizations such as the Valdivia, Chorrera and Tolita, as well as more recent work.

Consider...

Staying at a hacienda hotel built around historic Inca walls.

The Avenue of the Volcanoes...

Is the string of volcanic Andean peaks running through the center of the country. The highest point in Ecuador is Chimborazo Volcano at 20,565 ft (6,268 m).

Tropical fruit...

Ecuador offers an abundance of tropical fruit, including cherimoya, guanabana and naranjilla. Try them freshly squeezed or made into shakes or ice cream.

Roses by the dozens...

Roses are one of Ecuador’s major exports. We can arrange a visit to a rose plantation to see how the beautiful rosebuds are cultivated.

Pink dolphins...

We can arrange a leisurely cruise in the Amazon basin to look for local creatures such as pink dolphins, toucans, monkeys and caimans.

Indigenous markets...

Visiting local markets in the Ecuadorian highlands is a great way to experience the local lifestyle and perhaps pick up handwoven textiles or other crafts.

Active...

Ecuador offers many opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking on volcanoes, snorkeling and kayaking in the Galapagos, and horseback riding among the high peaks of the Andes.

Splurge...

On a private charter cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Contact us for more information.

Experience Our Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands.

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Ecuador in Photos

  • Just Back: Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

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Ecuador & Galapagos on Our Blog

  • Touring the Galapagos: a few of our favorite islands and landing sites
  • An interview with one of our birding and travel experts

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In the Press

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  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • The New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • CNN
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Town & Country

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Testimonials

My clients said it was the absolute best trip they have ever taken; it was flawless and fabulous. You delighted my clients in ways not previously attainable by other tour operators...
~ C.S., Seattle, WA

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