Category: Luxury Travel Ecuador

Ecuador is a beautiful country, home to the cloud forest jungle on the mainland and a sublime myraid of unique flora and fauna on the Galapagos Islands. Luxury hotels in the large cities of Quito and Guayaquil serve as the perfect launchpad for exploration of the Galapagos, which can be discovered by luxury cruise or lodge.

In ‘Luxury Travel Ecuador’ we share top insider travel tips on Ecuador – the best time to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos, first hand reviews of hotels and our personal feedback on activities and experiences having tested them out ourselves.

Mashpi Lodge Ecuador – Cloud Forest Escape

Mashpi Lodge Ecuador – Cloud Forest Escape

Luxury between the trees – Mashpi Lodge Ecuador Just three hours northwest of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies a luxurious, five-star hideaway, ideal for birding and offering nature trails to hidden waterfalls. Mashpi Lodge Ecuador, set amid a 1,300-hectare private reserve, was built on land that was once part of a logging concession until it was privately purchased in 1997 and converted into the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. Recognized as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, I had the opportunity to explore this rich ecosystem and the comforts…

Casa Gangotena Hotel in Quito

Casa Gangotena Hotel in Quito

Quito is a common stopover point en route to the Galapagos Islands, but the city itself also has a lot to offer. When searching for a place to stay in Quito before or after your Galapagos adventure, there is no need to sacrifice luxury. The city has many incredible options ,but one of my favorites is Casa Gangotena, which offers the perfect blend of classic cosmopolitan luxury and Ecuadorian culture. When in opened, Conde Nast Traveler listed Casa Cangotena on its 2012 Hot List as a fantastic new accommodation,…

Ecuadorian haciendas in the spotlight

National Geographic Traveler’s April 2009 edition places a spotlight on our two favorite Ecuadorian Haciendas: San Augustin de Callo (“There’s enough historical wattage around this hacienda to send a few shivers up my spine”) and Zuleta (“The feeling? As though I had ridden right into a fable, to a time-honored hacienda that now seems like home”) in its feature “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Antisana Volcano Last September we revisited Quito and the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the capital’s surrounding highlands. The mission was to scope out the…

Ecuador comes to the fore Shining a light on this magical country

One of the smallest countries in South America is having something of a renaissance in 2008, with the New York Times declaring it one of the top 53 places to go to this year, and Condé Nast Traveller magazine dedicating a sizeable chunk of editorial to Ecuador in its December issue. So what is the appeal and why now? Well, Ecuador may be small, but it makes up for its size in an awe-inspiring display of biodiversity, history and culture. In fact it has the largest biodiversity per…