The charming haciendas of the Ecuadorian Andes provide the perfect backdrop for immersion into the local culture of this fascinating region through adventure, spectacular scenery and delicious cuisine.
Picture yourself on horseback riding across the Andean grasslands in the heart of Ecuador’s famous Avenue of the Volcanoes, one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. Immerse yourself in the world of the the chagra (Andean cowboy) and learn about their way of life–one that has been part of local tradition for centuries. Shop in colourful indigenous markets and interact with the artisans while admiring the beauty of their crafts.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to 9 indigenous peoples all living in harmony with the forest they call home. Some groups remain uncontacted while others are dealing with pressure from the outside world that include the destruction of the rainforest by oil, lumber and mining companies and a loss of tradition to modern technology. Fortunately, many communities have chosen eco-tourism as a way to survive and protect a way of life that has existed for centuries. Immerse yourself in the cultures of the Achuar and Kichwa people to see first hand how they are using knowledge passed down for many generations to preserve and protect Pachamama – Mother Earth.
Treat yourself to a very special holiday exploring the wonders of the Galapagos Islands under the majesty of sail.