Ecuador Archive

Make Sure Your Ship is a Green One in the Galapagos

No, you won’t find a ship painted green plying the Galapagos (that we know of), but in this fragile environment, you want a Galapagos Islands cruise that employs green environmental practices. Everything we humans do can have an impact on the flora and fauna of the area, so you want to choose a company that [&hellip

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Wildlife Activities Around Yasuni National Park in Ecuador

If you go to the Yasuni National Park region of Ecuador, it’s a full-on jungle experience. While it’s the Amazon Basin rather than being on the big river itself, this expanse of 2.5 million protected acres is packed with even more wildlife than you’ll find in Peru or Brazil. In the Yasuni area UNESCO biosphere, [&hellip

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Guayaquil Gets Its First Luxury Boutique Hotel

We’ve long had plenty of great luxury hotel choices in the capital of Ecuador, where a new boutique hotel is opening every year or two, but it’s been a different story in Guayaquil. Long regarded as the one-night stopover on the way to the Galapagos Islands, it has never managed to get tourists to stick [&hellip

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Like an Onward Ticket, Some Countries Require Travel Insurance

“Passport please. Return ticket please. Travel insurance card please. Thanks and enjoy your flight.” You’ve always been asked for the first thing and probably sometimes been asked for the second. Now add travel insurance to your list of to-dos before you head to Ecuador. That country recently passed a law that all visitors to the [&hellip

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Jungle Animals and Culture at the Napo Wildlife Center

The Amazon Basin jungle region of Ecuador is not as well-known by tourists as the river cruise spots in Peru, but it’s actually better set up in terms of upscale jungle lodges, such as Napo Wildlife Reserve. You’re near a tributary of the Amazon River instead of the great river itself, but the wildlife is [&hellip

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The Four Key Questions for Planning a Galapagos Islands Cruise

There are many ways to experience the Galapagos Islands, including a land-based trip that just makes short jaunts up to a two-week cruise with scuba diving way up north. The archipelago is made up of 19 islands and scores of islets, most of which are home to unique species and habitats. It takes a while [&hellip

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