Imagine stepping into the rich tapestry of history, surrounded by the timeless beauty of a 17th-century Andean hacienda. Nestled in the picturesque Imbabura province of Ecuador lies Hacienda Zuleta, a cherished retreat home to the late Ecuadorian President Galo Plaza Lasso and his family.

Join Valentina and the Original Ecuador team as they delve into a day spent amidst the rustic elegance and authentic charm of this luxury estate.

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are renowned for their unparalleled biodiversity, but their geological wonders are equally captivating. Beyond being a haven for unique wildlife, the archipelago is a living laboratory of volcanic activity, showcasing nature's raw power and beauty.

Thursday, 29 February 2024 15:31

Exploring Quito's Culinary Delights

Ecuador, a land of diverse climates, regions, and cultures, offers a culinary experience as rich and varied as its landscapes.

In the heart of Quito, a burgeoning culinary scene is thriving, with a new generation of chefs proudly showcasing Ecuador's traditional flavours and recipes, recalling ancestral techniques and dazzling diners with the dishes they offer.

In August 2024, the Galapagos Islands will see an entry fee increase to $200 per person for international visitors.

While this may surprise some, it's crucial to grasp the reasoning behind it. The Galapagos are a delicate ecosystem requiring conservation efforts, and it has been promised that the fee hike will directly fund vital initiatives like habitat restoration and scientific research.

Monday, 19 October 2020 12:34

An Alternative Hiking Experience in Ecuador

When you think of hiking in Ecuador, you most probably imagine typical Andean backdrops of highland landscapes and snow-capped volcanoes.

But Ecuador offers a distinct and alternative hiking experience that often gets overlooked.

International flights to Ecuador are currently operating as normal although schedules are still limited.

On arrival in Ecuador, international travelers must sign a declaration form provided by the authorities which will request details of their travel itinerary and local contact information.

Monday, 03 August 2020 15:37

5 Must-Read Books for Ecuador Travellers

Our latest blog highlights 5 great books which we think should be included on any "Recommended Reading" list for Ecuador travelers. Have a look to see what you think. Have you read them? What would you add to the list?

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, a “Corridor for Safe Tourism to Galapagos” has been put in place by the Ecuadorian Authorities. This corridor came into effect on 1st August 2020 and commercial flights to the Galapagos Islands resumed on 3rd August 2020.

One of the big positives that has come out of the current coronavirus crisis has to be having more time to stop and appreciate nature. During lockdown Emma has discovered things going on in her back garden that she previously had no idea about. Our latest blog has some great tips to help you bird-watch in your backyard.

Monday, 08 June 2020 22:02

Latest Update on COVID-19 in Ecuador

The following information gives an overview of the current measures which are in place in Ecuador to help contain the spread of Covid-19 as of 8th June 2020:

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