Travel to Ecuador & the Galapagos
Ecuador is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and spectacular countries of the world. Combine climbing the Andes and horseback riding in the mountains with a bird-watching tour in the rainforest or a boat trip through the jungle rivers. You can also relax in one of the many hot springs in our country. Ecuador is truly blesses with the Galapagos islands. Nowhere else in the world you will come this close to sea lions, turtles and iguanas, who show no fear of humans. Apart from our beautiful nature you can visit Ecuador's historic cities built in the old Spanish colonial style. The capital Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Travel Highlights Ecuador
Ecuador's rainforest is located in the heart of the World's largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon Basin, a unique ecosystem. A short flight or a descent by road on the flanks of the Andes leads modern explorers and adventurers along the same routes that the first Spanish Conquerors ventured through in their search of the land of Gold and Cinnamon... and found the mighty Amazon River.
Ecuador's most beautiful city, Saint Anne of the Four Rivers of Cuenca, is located in the valley of Guapondelig (plain as wide as the sky). At an altitude of 2,550 meters (7,650 feet) above sea level, Cuenca enjoys a mild climate and a fabulous geographic position. Surrounding the city of Cuenca are hills like Cullca to the north and Turi to the south, which are great lookout points. Cuenca has the placid atmosphere of a small city, both deeply religious and artistic, which fascinates the visitor. The beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture, has prompted, UNESCO to name Ecuador's third largest city, Cuenca, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
The Galapagos Islands are a natural paradise that inspired Charles Darwin's Theory of the Evolution of the Species. Galapagos is a unique place in the world, a pristine environment where species do not show any fear of humans. Ecuadorian Tours is a pioneer of tourism in Galápagos. Our reputation is based on environmentally responsible tourism. Because of our international commitment to preserve a special place like the Galapagos, we assure our guests that all voyages are planned to minimize any disturbance to wildlife or fragile habitats.
Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, is a vibrant metropolis on the Guayas River delta, 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean. A busy port of imposing commercial buildings, baronial mansions, Guayaquil has rich museums, great sports centers, and daily musical events along its new waterfront. You must see the old section of Las Peñas to enjoy the grace and tranquility of the city's past.
Highlands of the Andes
Beginning in Quito and going south, is the Avenue of the Volcanoes with unparalleled views of the Andes. Mount Cotopaxi dominates the landscape of a National Park of the same name, where llamas graze and high-elevation bird species fly, including the Andean Condor. Our exclusive Hacienda programs provide an in-depth experience of Andean flavor, with stays at marvelous properties, as guests of the owners. For the more adventurous, the Andes are the perfect setting for trekking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and many more outdoor adventures. Spectacular train rides, on exclusive coaches of the Expreso Ecuadorian Tours, run from the Andean highlands to the Pacific shores, with the thrill of zigzagging the sharp angles of the Devil's Nose. Private tours offer exclusive arrangements with multilingual guides for both FIT´s or groups. Semiprivate tours are operated on vans with a maximum of nine guests; while our sharing bus tours have a capacity of up to forty guests. Both semiprivate and sharing bus tours are guided with English/Spanish speaking guide only.
Home to the Otavalo Indians, the Province of Imbabura is a pinturesque land of lakes, majestic landscapes and fertile farmlands. To the north of Quito, the province of Imbabura is one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador: a magical land of lakes, snow-covered mountains and terraced farmlands.
From north to south, the coast of Ecuador is dotted with wide and lovely beaches, some pristine like Los Frailes, others with fishermen villages, fashionable resorts like Salinas or Bahia de Caraquez, modern cities and even archaeological sites. This region also has archaeological remains of the oldest cultures ever found in the Pacific Coast of South America: Chorrera, Salango, Valdivia and Manteño. Its natural history is also unique, especially the protected coastal tropical dry forests, in Machalilla National Park. A 44-kilometer (28 miles) cruise to Isla de la Plata, rewards the traveler with some of the bird life found on the Galapagos Islands. And if your visit takes place between July and November, you will even see great humpback whales, migrating from Antarctica.
Enjoy scenic, Colonial and artistic Quito. Visit museums, monasteries and the golden altars of its many churches. Then, stand with a foot on each hemisphere on the Middle of the World. The capital of Ecuador has a setting that few cities can match. During the 13th century it was the prosperous center of the Kingdom of Quitus. It later became the northern capital of the Inca Empire. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Colonial architects built formidable temples, monasteries and mansions, creating an urban jewel designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Quito's artistic creativity awaits the visitor in cosmopolitan galleries and boutiques filled with contemporary paintings, sculptures and exquisite traditional crafts.
Program idea Ecuador
QUITO CITY TOUR
This wonderful city tour takes you along the highlights of Ecuador's beautiful colonial city Quito.
Drive along the broad avenues of the modern city and see the Ecuadorian House of Culture, the Congress building and Alameda Park before entering Quito's colonial section.
Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th century Quito.
Visit Independence Plaza, the beautiful French styled square bordered by the Cathedral and Government Palace. Stop in at the renowned La Compañia Church, whose ornate gold leaf interior and elaborately carved altars have been renovated to recapture their days of glory.
Visit the wide open plaza and impressive church of San Francisco, built in the 16th century by the Indians of St. Andrews School. Continue to El Panecillo Hill for a beautiful and impressive view of the Andean landscape.
About Advantage ecuador
At Advantage Ecuador, we have 25 years of experience in offering the best and most fantastic programs.
We have our own lodge and cruise ships.
We are hugely committed to conservation of the Amazon and show our guests how to enjoy the Amazon without exploiting or destroying its biodiversity. This is the reason why Advantage Travel created the Capis' Amazon River Station (CARS) conservation project.
Top 3 conference hotels Ecuador
Hilton Colon Quito
Meeting Rooms 25
JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Meeting Rooms 22
Unipark Hotel, Guayaquil
Meeting Rooms 8
Event ideas Ecuador
There are a number of very nice annual events that might attract your clients, one of them the famous Inti Raymi festival:
Inti Raymi “Sun Festival”
Inti Raymi is a folkloric festivity which takes place in Otavalo (a city in the north of Ecuador).
The festival's original name comes from the Kichwa language and was the Inca celebration of the northern solstice, that’s why it is also known as the “Sun Festival”. The event takes place at the end of June and is a great showcase for the richness of Inca traditions.
This festival aims to acknowledge “Pachamama”, the fertility of Mother Earth. It is also believed that there are times and an open space to meet with the spirits, known as Ayakuna. Dancing, eating certain food and special clothing are important factors to achieve this and will bring awareness to develop the presence of one’s personal spirit “Aya”. The character of the Aya Huma plays a key role in the Inti Raymi celebrations and is represented by a mask with two faces: one on the front and one on the back of the head. This mythological Andean figure stands for vision and wisdom. The Aya Huma’s role is to harmonize, heal, teach, and share; such a beautiful symbolism being brought to life during this celebration.
After an early breakfast in Quito, the group will start the day with a beautiful scenic drive through the Sierra highlands of the Andes region.
During the day your journey then connects with the spirit of the celebration in parades and festivities in Otavalo.
When visiting the community of Otavalo, you will find the Kichwas people in their colorful dresses with woolen shawls and additional accessories like ponchos, embroidered shirts and skirts, felt hats and beaded necklaces. They are famous for their weaving skills and the marvelous thing is that you can purchase most of their traditional accessories and clothing at the main market.
At the end of these unique celebrations, the group will be treated with delicious local delicacies, followed by lunch in a cozy restaurant before the group's return to Quito in the afternoon.
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