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Darwin’s Ecuador: from the Andes to Galapagos

Julie Luscombe recently travelled on our Darwin's Ecuador trip and writes about her trip of a lifetime.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Ecuador

Who knew Ecuador had so many tricks up its sleeve?

Exploring Isabela Island in the Galapagos

Following his two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Latin America specialist James looks back on exploring Isabela Island in the Galapagos and the spectacular hike up to the crater of Sierra Negra volcano...   The sleepy town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela is a two hour speedboat ride away …

Cruising Around the Galapagos

Latin America specialist James has just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Below he talks about exploring some of the enchanting islands in the Galapagos, along with their unique wildlife viewing opportunities...   As the zodiac takes you to your cruise boat from the harbou…

Just Back From: Galapagos Islands

Latin America specialist James has just returned from Ecuador and the Galapagos on a two week recce of this amazing corner of the world. Below he talks about his favourite moments of the trip, from swimming with hammerhead sharks to enjoying the views after hiking to Volcan Chico on Isabela Island.…

Quito, Cloud Forest and Straddling the Equator

Our Latin America specialist James is currently on a recce around Ecuador and the Galapagos. Below James discovers the highlights of Quito and the surrounding area... A walk around Quito's old town is a lot of fun and I had forgotten how much it has to offer in terms of colonial architecture. It def…

Five Great Experiences in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a naturalist’s dream; home to a huge array of stunning wildlife the islands themselves are also beautiful, with white sand beaches set against a volcanic backdrop. Here Michael lists five highlights of a visit to the Galapagos. Fernandina Island Ferdinanda Island is one o…

Part Two of Dawin’s Ecuador, Gallavanting the Galapagos

WF traveller John Faller reaches the second portion of his WF Darwin’s Ecuador tour, arriving at the largest island of the Galapagas, Isabela, which is named after Queen Isabella of Spain. John enjoys breath-taking sea views, snorkelling in choppy waters and crawling through lava tunnels. Read part …

Darwin’s Ecuador Part One: A client perspective

John has recently returned from a once in a lifetime trip around Ecuador and the Galapagos islands on our Darwin’s Ecuador: Andes to Galapagos tour. In his first instalment, he gives his take on his time exploring this beautiful country, from scaling the Quilotoa crater (in record time!) to getting …

Exploring Ecuador

WF travellers Howard and Hazel Darbon recently travelled on a tailor-made tour to Ecuador. Below they talk about their journey through this fascinating country. A stunning descent into the new Quito airport, surrounded by towering volcanoes, raised the spirits after a long haul flight from a cold…

Exploring Sierra Negra Volcano and the Galápagos

Our Ecuador group is now in the sunny Galápagos Islands where for today’s adventure we hiked up the immense Sierra Negra (Black Mountain) volcano. People always think about tortoises and blue-footed boobies when the Galápagos comes to mind, but wildlife is only one side of the island's experience; e…

Origins of the Panama Hat

The best way to annoy an Ecuadorian? Tell him that Panama hats are from Panama. I know it sounds crazy, but this is a valuable lesson that our group and I have been learning in the colonial city of Cuenca in the Southern Ecuador highlands as we discovered the unlikely true history of the 'Panama' st…

Tasting Chocolate in Ecuador

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men”, so said Willy Wonka. With that firmly in mind we started our Ecuador and Galapagos trip today with a new addition to the itinerary: the Mindo chocolate-making experience! Cocoa originated in the Amazon basin and the tree varieties fo…

George - the Last Surviving Pinta Island Giant Galapagos Tortoise

Yesterday our group visited the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos, and in one thing the group were all in consensus - you can't help but feel for poor George!!! As one of the world's most eligible bachelors he should be living the dream, footloose and fancy-free - instead he cuts a depre…

Journey to the Centre of the World

Today in Ecuador our group managed a feat of weight loss to make even the strictest dieter proud – we each weighed officially 0.3% lighter than our regular UK weight this morning! How did we manage such an impressive achievement just 3 days into our Ecuador trip? According to Luis, our guide, it’s a…

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