Alan and I had a truly wonderful experience in Ecuador. Santiago and the rest of staff were excellent hosts, as was the La Pinta and its staff. We had an amazing trip.
The luxury Cruises like lapinta, Isabela, and santa cruz cruise are ultimate luxurious ships. these cruises will make your journey a pleasant one.
Hannah, we are back from our fabulous vacation, and I am so very thankful to you for setting it all up. Please provide me with your supervisor's name and email address so I can give you proper credit! Dilger couple, Custom Galapagos Land Based, March 2012
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!! The trip was outstanding; all the arrangements were perfect – from the time we were met at the airport in Quito – to the time we were returned to the airport in Guayaquil.

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Andes & Haciendas

Combine and explore two of Ecuador’s destinations: the Andes and the Galapagos Islands! We can help you arrange your visit to the Andes before or after visiting the Galapagos when we customize your combination tour specifically for your travel! Quito nestles in a valley between the snow-capped Andes, but just a short drive of one to two hours outside the bustling capital,  traditional haciendas dot the valleys of the Andes Highlands region. Rich agricultural valleys, sparkling lakes, colorful indigenous cultures and gracious haciendas that were once the backbone of Spanish colonial agrarian society make excursions outside Quito a trip extension well worth your time to relax and engage in various outdoor activities.

This setting has all the elements of classic mountain scenery and hiking one would expect to find in places like Tuscany and the Alps: breathtaking scenery, incomparable accommodations with historic architecture and excellent cuisine. Yet this trip has something more in the form of a thriving indigenous culture along with the living remnants of both ancient and colonial cultures. It also offers the opportunity to see wildlife found nowhere else. Because this trip is set on the equator it is available year round.

You’ll have the opportunity to stay at the same places where much of South America’s history was written. For example, hacienda San Augustin de Callo incorporates original walls of an Incan fortress into its structure while  Zuleta was owned by three former Presidents.  You’ll enjoy the warm, welcoming hospitality unique to Ecuador’s haciendas as the hosts welcome you to their homes.

The simple luxury of the accommodations is matched with a series of excellent hikes, horse riding and cultural interactions throughout the national parks and towns that surround Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views of valleys crowned by some of the tallest snow-capped volcanoes in the world, including 5897 meter Cotopaxi and 5704 meter Antisana.

“Ecuadorian people offer a brand of cultural interaction not found in many destinations,” writes respected travel writer David Noland. Many of the native peoples here are descendants of the Inca – many still speak Quechua, their original language; other mestizos are of mixed native and European ancestry. The fact that this area is less visited than some parts of Peru means that they are much more authentic. We include visits to local markets including Otavalo, which dates back to antiquity and is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries. Along with the more known Otavalo, we also visit small markets in villages, where foreigners are rarely seen.


    • Indigenous markets
    • Hiking or horse riding in the breathtaking scenery of the majestic Andes
    • Incomparable accommodations with historic architecture and excellent cuisine
    • Opportunity to stay at the places where much of South America’s history was written

Our Guides

Our philosophy and approach has resulted in attracting a team of the very best guides Ecuador has to offer. Each has spent years studying geology, biology, archeology and other fields related to their work. Most speak a number of languages. Each is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and our guides typically have at least eight years of experience leading trips. . They are personable, interesting and entertaining people intent on conveying their deep understanding and love of their treasured Andean country.