Starting today and continuing until next Monday, Happy Gringo Travel is offering a chance to see the different places around Quito for free. We are offering this promotion as part of a redesign of our website, and you should be aware that we ask that you give us permition to use videos from the trip and are comfortable travelling with others who join the fun. Keep reading for the trips and requirements for seeing the sights around the capital city.
Ecuador’s small size is juxtaposed by its astounding variety of terrain and the incredible diversity of wildlife that lives within its borders. Along the Napo River, between Coca and the Peruvian border, is the deep jungle; one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet to go on Amazon tours in Ecuador.
In Yasuni National Park, a 3,800 square mile swath of primary forest a few hours south from Coca- there are over 500 kinds of birds, 200 different mammals, and more than 100 species of reptiles. Happy Gringo works with lodges in the area- including Sani, Napo Wildlife Center, and Sacha that offer once in a lifetime treks to see the creatures that live under the canopy. Keep reading to find out more about the wildlife that can be found in the Ecuadorian jungle.
The Galapagos Islands have a diversity of endemic wildlife and activities that can only be seen and done within the confines of the archipelago. Galapagos tours offer opportunities for one of a kind experiences that put you in the midst of the natural world, connecting you with exotic beauty of the islands. Keep reading for ten things you can only do in the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve forms one point of the Hammerhead Triangle-an area stretching from the Cocos Islands off of Costa Rica to Melpelo Island near Chile. The region is a sought after diving destination visited by avid shark fans from across the globe. The Galapagos Islands themselves have the highest concentration of sharks in the world; including white and black-tipped reef sharks, tiger sharks, and Galapagos Sharks. Keep reading for more details about three swift-moving creatures that you can see during a Galapagos dive vacation.
One of the thrills of taking a Galapagos cruise is found in transit-seeing whales breach the sea in incredible displays of aerobatics. The Galapagos Marine Reserve plays host to a variety of baleen and toothed whales including blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, orcas, and whale sharks. Some come to feed during the guara season between July and December; others are in residence year round-and all make an impression when spotted off the bow of a boat. Keep reading for four whales that call the Galapagos waters home.