“I’m still getting lots of people asking about adding the Ecuador tour on to the beginning or end of their Galapagos tour, but more and more I’m hearing from people who just want to go to Ecuador for a week,” says Darren Hill of Active South America.
Queenstown, New Zealand (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
For many adventure travellers, Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is simply the point of arrival on the way to the country’s top tourist attraction and popular ‘bucket list destination’ – the Galapagos Islands. However, mainland Ecuador is poised to become one of the hottest destinations in South America for adventure seekers, according to small group adventure tour operator Active South America who have been running Ecuador adventures as well as Galapagos tours for several years.
Active report their new “Tapir” 7-day Ecuador adventure tour has shown strong bookings in its first year and they are seeing increased interest in the region from the North American market in particular. “I’m still getting lots of people asking about adding the Ecuador tour on to the beginning or end of their Galapagos tour, but more and more I’m hearing from people who just want to go to Ecuador for a week,” says Darren Hill, an adventure specialist at Active South America.
With diverse adventure and cultural activities such as biking down the Cotopaxi volcano, hiking in high cloud forest, soaking in hot springs, seeing a glacier that drops down the side of a volcano and learning reverse canyoning, it’s no wonder Ecuador is making a name for itself on the adventure travel circuit. “People I’m talking to are often surprised to hear they don’t have to go all the way to Brazil to hike the Amazon rainforest – our guides can take them deep into the Amazon by canoe and on foot to visit a local indigenous community here in Ecuador,” says Hill.
Hill compares Ecuador to Costa Rica 50 years ago or more. “Ecuador packs rainforests, cloudforests, volcanoes, and plenty of culture into a relatively small area so you have more time to explore rather than just get from place to place and you just don’t have the crowds – yet!”
The “Tapir” Ecuador tour has been receiving positive reviews since the first tour in April of last year. “This trip was a blast!! Every day we had an exciting and active experience - bicycling down a volcano (rather scary at first), river rafting in the rain (wonderful, we never even had to paddle except for the rapids), trekking through the jungle, up streams, through dark caves with bats (it was so exciting), and the best was reverse canyoning (what a thrill). Hiro was a great guide and Christian was so funny and informative, just like a kid! Awesome experience,” wrote Patti Beaver (San Diego, California) about her “Tapir” 7-day Ecuador adventure in January.
About Active South America:
Active South America is a New Zealand-based tour operator specializing in bucket list travel to South America on small group adventures. In addition to the Ecuador adventure tour and a Galapagos tour, they also run hiking and adventure tours in Peru and Patagonia. Call Darren to discuss availability or request a free South America tours brochure on 800.661.9073.