Many years ago, when I was on an adventurous tour of northern Pakistan, an incident occurred that continues to trouble me. Our hardy band of 10 had been told by both our Pakistani guide and our U.S. guide that we should not take pictures of local women, as this was extremely disturbing to the Pakistanis. […]
The wonders of Ecuador rule on this trip combining the Galapagos Islands, Mindo Cloud Forest, and city of Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Ample time in each destination allows for an extraordinary balance of active days filled with wildlife viewing, nature walks, museum visits, city wandering, and activities distinctive to each destination. Unique accommodations take you to the heart of Quito’s Old City, on a catamaran, and into the midst, and mist, of the cloud forest. Fresh, delicious meals – always with a view! – punctuate active days spent outdoors.
Quito is your landing pad upon arrival and between adventures, with time available to see some of the city’s sights, including Old Town Quito, museums, food and craft markets, the TeleferiQo, Mitad del Mundo (Monument on the Equator), and more.
Travel by luxury yacht through the Galapagos Islands, with an itinerary that features a number of islands, each exciting in its own right, with unique wildlife species and sights, protected waters for snorkeling, stand-up-paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming.
A sophisticated lodge in the heart of the Mindo Cloud Forest offers delightful accommodations, delicious food, and an array of activities, as you get to know the wilds of this biodiverse and beautiful destination.