Ama La Vida (to love life) is the phrase currently being used by the Ecuadorian Tourist Board in the promotion of their country. The whole country is stunningly beautiful, the people welcoming and the wildlife varied. Recently, access to scenic parks and cities has been made easier by projects undertaken to improve road and rail travel.
Variety in Ecuador
Ecuador provides access to one of the largest rainforests of the world, the Amazon, and also offers you the opportunity to view the ruins that remain from the Amerindian cultures of times past. However, of all the diversely interesting venues within the country, the Galapagos Islands sits at the top of the list for most visitors. The islands are situated approximately 600 miles to the west of the Ecuadorian coast, and were established as a World Heritage Site in 1978.
Visit the Galapagos Islands
During a visit, it is possible to base yourself at one of the hotels on the islands. From there, you can explore the sights and the wildlife, or take part in sports such as biking, kayaking or maybe surfing.
During Galapagos cruises, most of the traveling takes place overnight so that the days can be spent exploring the islands. Meals, and of course sleeping, takes place on the boat. In the evening, knowledgeable guides will give presentations on the geography and the natural history of the Galapagos archipelago. There are a variety of cruising boats to choose from. The smallest are sailing or motor boats that sleep up to 20 passengers, and the larger boats can carry up to 100 passengers.
Family holidays on the Galapagos are exceptional, as the wildlife has little fear of humans, meaning that kids can get up close and personal with relaxed wild animals in their natural habitat.
The Galapagos is such an intriguing place that it is invaluable to have a guide around in order to answer all those questions, particularly from the smaller enquiring minds! Most reputable travel companies will have experienced guides available to enhance your island experience, and to ensure that you return home full of knowledge, information and trivia about your holiday destination.
Ama La Vida is an apt slogan for Ecuador: love life and love the amazing life that surrounds you in this wonderful country.