Green Winter Excursion: Travel to Ecuador

New Image[1]There is perhaps no better synonym for Ecuador than diversity. This small country has a cultural and biological richness that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. The Galapagos Islands live up to our dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual concerns. The skies are almost always sunny, and the sea breezes create that perfect air temperature, instantly relaxing the body. The ocean is an inviting turquoise blue, matched by long sandy beaches of crystal white, pink, and volcanic black. There are quiet coves and mangrove lagoons, and that’s just for starters.

An exploration of the Galapagos Islands is truly exceptional for the many opportunities of close-up encounters with wildlife. The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teeming with exotic and colorful creatures that have never learned to fear humans. Choosing a tour operator that is a member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association and that also supports such conservation organizations as the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos Conservancy allows you to explore with an eco-minded partner – like Boundless Journeys.

Boundless Journeys’ naturalist-led cruise introduces travelers to many wonders that are unique to the Galapagos Islands. You’ll visit blue-footed boobies, land iguanas basking in the sun, lively sea lions, and families of penguins, among many other diverse species. This active adventure allows you to discover the Galapagos from many different perspectives — snorkeling with sea lions, walking on volcanic islands, paddling kayaks through peaceful mangrove lagoons, strolling bare-footed along sun drenched beaches, or simply lying back and relaxing in the equatorial sun.

Based in Stowe, Vt., Boundless Journeys has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine and voted among the top 10 “World’s Best” tour operators by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The company’s award-winning small-group and private active adventures can be viewed and booked at or by calling 1-800-941-8010.