Aracari has always made it a point that we are a Â¨boutiqueÂ¨ destination management company.Â Making itÂ our objetive to always stay small and premier and that’s what has people coming back to us year after year. You can read more about this phenomenon in the latest online issue of Travel & Leisure.
National Geographic Travelerâ€™s April 2009 edition places a spotlight on our two favorite Ecuadorian Haciendas: San Augustin de Callo (“Thereâ€™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”.
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Thank you very much for six wonderful days! And for learning a lot about Ecuador and itsÂ culture and people;
for having an answer to nearly all questions; for introducing us to numerous local delicatessens and for
having a lot of fun!
Have a wonderful 2009! All the best,
Here’s another recent Aracari endorsement from Australian clients that traveled with us recently in Peru and Galapagos:
â€œWe really appreciate the assistance of all the Aracari staff. We have had a few practial problems to sort out and they could not have been more helpful. Everyone has been polite and very professional.”
We had the most fun, amazing trip of our lives. First time I’ve taken a vacation and not gained a pound , very physical every day. Many once in a lifetime experiences we will never forget – we got to see the volcano that had recently started erupting on one of The Galapagos islands at night against a pitch black sky shooting orange bursts. Snorkeling with playful sea lions and sedate sea turtles and more. Kayaking for the first time in a 2 man boat (thank goodness David had canoed in the past and understood the basics). Getting up at 6:00 or 6:30 every AM for 2 weeks and loving it – so out of character for me! (So glad I wasn’t aware of this beforehand, I might not have gone, learned a lot about myself on this trip in many ways.) Hiking Machu Picchu at 8,000 feet and other Inca ruins around Cuzco in The Sacred Valley at 12,000 feet was unbelievably beautiful – my quads are stronger than they’ve ever been. Had perfect weather. Aracari, and especially their guide in Peru, was fabulous. So glad you recommended the larger boat, just the right amount of people and used the Jacuzzi almost daily. When we got on the boat and David realized it was going to be 8 days he rolled his eyes (you know we both have a low threshold for boredom), but when the day came to leave we almost didn’t want it to end.
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?