This relatively small country (compared with its neighboring countries) is filled with an array of surprises. Majestic mountains and volcanos in the Andes, tranquil beaches in the coastal region, the unparalleled biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest and the enchanting, but fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands; Ecuador is sure to leave an unforgettable impression on its visitors.
Whether you are looking for a cultural, historical, or natural experience; this country will bewilder you.
We understand that sometimes going to a new country, reading mixed reviews and picking the perfect places for your dream vacations can be overwhelming. This is why we’ve listed 7 unique properties that you will not want to miss during your stay in Ecuador:
In the Andes
Hacienda La Alegría
This family-owned horse ranch is located in the heart of the Avenue of the volcanoes. If you are looking for an authentic experience Hacienda La Alegria is the place to be! Live the chagra equestrian tradition at its fullest with a horseback ride tour through the Andes and its surroundings. Then, stay at the beautifully decorated hacienda, enjoy the cozy social areas and feel the peaceful surroundings after a full day of activities.
This spectacular lodge is located in a fascinating ecological reserve that protects the living species of the Andean Forest with a focus on environmental preservation through ecotourism. Polylepis lodge does not only welcome tourists from around the world, but has also initiated a unique preservation project in the area. This property, located between the Paramo frailejones and the Polylepis forest features a restaurant, ample social areas with a fire place, a museum, and rooms with Jacuzzi and panoramic windows to enjoy the magical view of the forest during your stay.
My Sacha Ji
If you are looking to connect with nature and your inner self, then Sacha Ji is the perfect place to stay.
This wellness hotel has focused on creating a space for its guests in order to find balance, internal peace, and connection with the Andes through the majestic view of the imposing Imbabura Volcano. You will feel serene and as one with mountains during your stay and will leave with consciousness of Feng shui, breathing methods, meditation, use of medicinal plants, or a connection to Andean culture. During your stay you will also have the opportunity to do yoga, take mediation classes, or one of the holistic wellness packages.
In the Coastal Region:
This beautiful Hacienda is located in the coastal region of Ecuador offering an experience unlike any other in this part of the country. Hacienda La Danesa features a subtle touch of luxury with graciousness, this property will give you a transcendent experience through exceptional service and an authentic set of activities.
From the Hacienda you can visit remarkable places of Ecuador, such as Mercado de Guamote, Ingapirca Ruins, and take the Devil’s Nose train. You can also visit other beautiful locations in the 500 hectares of estate, surrounded by rivers and forests.
The Galapagos Islands
M/Y Passion Galapagos Luxury Cruise
The M/Y Passion is a 159 ft yacht cruising the Galapagos with itineraries of four, five, and eight days.
M/Y Passion, formerly known as “Bellisima” was a privately owned luxury yacht that was never used for tourism before.
This luxury yacht features palatial dimensions for its 12 passengers, you can either relax on the upper deck or in the Jacuzzi’s private area, enjoy a cocktail in the sky lounge with panoramic views, or watch a documentary in the ample living room inside. The yacht not only offers privacy during your cruise, it also focuses on the experience onboard. It counts with a ratio of one crew member per passenger on board.
You can either go solo or charter the yacht for an unforgettable family vacation. You can also request extra services such as nanny on board, masseuse, selected drinks or a menu that accommodates your most demanding needs.
Finch bay offers a classic experience in the Galapagos mixed with luxury and a breathtaking views of the ocean that will allow you to feel the true essence of the enchanted islands. The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
This hotel is the perfect complement to relax before or after your Galapagos cruise, or simply a place to stay during your Island Hopping tour in the archipelago. While staying in the hotel you can enjoy simple activities like reading a book by the swimming pool, a refreshing swim in the private beach, or snorkel with sea lions and turtles. You can either snorkel close to the shore or take the hotel’s private yacht to various visitor sites.
Galapagos Safari Camp
Galapagos Safari Camp offers a fulfilling experience in the Galapagos highlands. Surround yourself by breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife that roam freely, and discrete luxury. Inspired by the themes of a luxury African safari camp, this property offers a genuine concept in the Galapagos Islands. The perfect mixture between peace and exploration in this experience will reawaken your senses and reconnect you with nature just as the first explorers in the Galapagos did.
From here you can take different tours to other visitor sites in the Galapagos.
If you’d like to travel to Ecuador and Galapagos you can contact Andando Tours travel experts and ask about our rates and travel programs.