Ecuador

Ecuador Travel Guide

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.

Measuring 166 feet in length, this deluxe yacht carries a maximum of 40 passengers on four- and six-night excursions to the Galápagos Islands.

Excited About: The new eco-conscious cruise regulations, which will help protect the area’s natural wonders. The standards stipulate that no operators may offer tours of longer than 15 days. Years as agent: 13. Specialties: Peru, Galápagos.

The museum is an homage to Ecuador’s most famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín.

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.