Ecuador

Ecuador Travel Guide

Based in San Francisco, the Geographic Expeditions travel company provides several close-to-nature cruises to the Galápagos Islands. Transportation options include a private charter boat and La Pinta, a 48-person yacht with 10 staterooms and 14 cabins.

A shrine to Ecuador’s most famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín.

This small Ecuadorean cruise company is charting a new course for travel to Darwin’s famous islands.

Family-focused, immersive trips range from spotting scarlet-throated frigate birds in the Galápagos to lessons in kite making in China. New trips for 2013 go to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Between the central Cotopaxi and Tungurahua volcanoes 124 miles south of Quito lies Nevado Roses—the antithesis of your grandmother’s flower garden. More than 3 million rosebushes bloom in tidy rows, wafting their heady fragrance into the air.