Ecuador Nature Trip
Galapagos, Banos and Amazonas
The nature in Ecuador is stunning and diverse! Here are some impressions of of our trip on the Galapagos Islands, Banos and Amazonas in Ecuador. Check it out 😉
Galapagos Islands, Banos and Amazonas
Our trip in Ecuador
The diversity of nature in Ecuador is unique. Ecuador offers sea, mountains, volcanoes, jungle and islands. Our goal on this trip was to experience this diversity.
The journey started in the capital Quito. Luckily we have a friend there, Martìn, who gave us a place to sleep. Martìn also accompanied us on many small trips.
Our first destination was the Cotopaxi. Unfortunately it was covered with clouds on the day of the visit.
Afterwards we went to Banos, where we wanted to do some activities. We started with a little bike tour and stopped at waterfalls like the famous “Pailon del Diablo”. The way to our last waterfall was full of ziplines and so we decided to try the longest zipline of the valley. It was breathtaking.
The next day we decided to go rafting. The water was full of small waterfalls and fast currents. The trip was so extreme that Martìn and I fell into the water several times.
We enjoyed the rafting so much that we wanted to do another extreme activity: canyoning. Although the waterfalls were a bit crowded, it was definitely worth to wait. At the last waterfall you had to jump down in free fall and the guide stopped the rope with a stopper at the last moment to prevent you from falling on the rocks.
After the adventures in Banos, we made a short stop at the “Swing of Death” and then flew to the Galapagos Islands. But due to lack of money and time we only visited two islands: Isabela and Santa Cruz. On both islands we experienced a variety of nature. The volcanic islands are home to many species of birds and other animals such as giant turtles, marine lizards, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, sharks and many other animals. Sea lions and sea lizards, unlike the blue-footed boobies, were everywhere.
We saw the sea lions on land and only sometimes in the water and I did not want to miss a diving experience. The night dive in Santa Cruz was spectacular and full of experiences. I dived between wrecks and in the middle of a whirlpool of sea lions playing with the bubbles.
The last place left on our list was the Amazonas. We were excited to go into the jungle and have some native experiences.
We spent two full days in a lodge next to a big river in the jungle. From there we made small day trips. We hiked in the jungle and visited a 500 year old tree, ate ants, visited locals, fished with nets and rowed on a native raft.
The nature in Ecuador is really unique and diverse. It felt as if I had travelled to 5 different countries.
“The night dive on the Galapagos Islands was one of my best dives so far.”
“The Galapagos Islands and the Amazonia were my favourite part of the trip.”
“A stunning trip through one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.”
“Undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life.”