Romantic Breaks in Ecuador
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this has got us thinking about where to go on a romantic trip for two. Think of a luxury couple’s break and no doubt the Eiffel Tower, intimate gondola rides in Venice or maybe even the idea of strolling hand in hand through a quaint country village will spring to mind. However, what about thinking outside the box? Shake things up a little bit perhaps? South America is a fantastic choice for couples who like to do things a little differently, beautiful and enchanting as it is. In particular, if you visit the diverse country of Ecuador on a romantic break or honeymoon, you’ll discover a place full of new and exciting experiences, while also enjoying luxury high-end hotels, unusual wildlife, traditional villages and jaw-dropping landscapes. Keep reading to find out why this mesmerising country should be on your Valentine wish list.
Couples breaks in Quito
Quito is a wonderful destination as part of a wider itinerary or a simple city break. Ecuador’s capital oozes colonial charm, yet also takes great pride in the indigenous heritage of the region. While you are here you can enjoy city tours, potter around museums or, for something a bit different, take a tour of a nearby rose nursery and follow it up with a visit to a local vineyard; roses and fine wine – could there be anything more romantic? Another great way to spend quality time together is to take a ride in the Teleferiqo Gondolas. Soar above the rooftops and see Quito from a whole new angle in these glass-clad cars, as you climb a further 1000 metres above sea level, the perfect place to get some photos together for the album! Once you are back on terra firma, take your time to wander around the bustling markets and get acquainted with the highly regarded Old Town. Pretty pastel buildings, ornate places of worship and the Plaza de la Independencia all provide excellent backdrops to a magical afternoon stroll.
Romantic escapes for two in the Andes
To see a charmingly traditional side of Ecuador, why not escape to the Andes? From Otavalo, famed for its historic market, to Cuenca, an enchanting city loved for its cobbled streets and laidback lifestyle; this part of Ecuador offers no end of special ways to spend time together. Go horse riding through the exquisite highlands and follow it up with a visit to Papallacta, soaking those weary bones in the divine thermal springs. Perhaps even indulge yourselves with a decadent spa treatment – bliss! Thrill seekers, meanwhile, will love a ride along the Nariz del Diablo, probably one of the most adrenaline-fuelled train journeys you will find anywhere in the world. It certainly does not have the romantic feel of the Orient Express, but is memorable in its own right. Hold on tight to each other as this cliff-edge track takes you through stunning gorges and some of the best scenery the Andes has to offer, it’s no doubt something you will talk about for years to come. Then, in terms of where to stay in the Highlands, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From traditional Hacienda farm stays, to wellness retreats and boutique hotels, however you decide to make your Ecuador couples holiday that extra bit special, you will be sure to find the ideal place to stay here, balancing busy days with quiet nights sipping Ecuadorian wine under a blanket of stars.
Enjoy the exotic Galapagos Islands together
If you are looking for the ultimate couples beach holiday where you can enjoy seclusion, romance and the odd fruity cocktail, then the Galapagos Islands are the place for you. Sublime sunrises, sparkling waters and long stretches of white sand are just some of the things you can look forward to during your time here. But of course, it is the wildlife that sets these islands apart from other tropical destinations. Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions and the iconic Galapagos Tortoise are the tip of the iceberg in terms of all creatures great and small that are endemic to this area of the world. Whether you do a bit of island hopping, go on a cruise or simply stay put and spend your days snorkelling and admiring the kaleidoscopic world beneath the waves, a holiday on these islands is nothing short of magical. When it comes to deciding where to stay in the Galapagos there are endless possibilities: choose from luxury villas, sleek cruises, eco lodges and even safari tents. No matter how you spend your time here it will be one of the most unforgettable trips you ever take together!
Romantic retreats to the Cuyabeno Reserve
Journey into the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador and make extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime. Many of the lodges here are very involved in the conservation of the area, so you can rest assured that while you explore this amazing natural wonderland your time here will not be disturbing the delicate eco system. Most hotels can only be reached by riding along the river in a dugout canoe, an exhilarating start to your adventure, perfect for couples who love to experience new things together. Jamu Lodge is a great pick for those looking for an authentic Amazon getaway, while also retaining plenty of creature comforts. Nestled on the bank of the river, a two-hour journey will see you gliding through the water, with an introduction to some of the local inhabitants as you go. It’s easy to arrange activities once settled at your hotel, with so many tours available to suit your tastes and mood. Swimming with the beloved Pink River Dolphins, visiting traditional Amazonian villages and going on guided nocturnal explorations to look for Jaguars and Caiman are just some of the highlights of the Cuyabeno Reserve. There’s nowhere on earth quite like the Amazon Rainforest, and who better to share it with than the one you love?
So, whether you are planning a Valentine’s getaway, significant anniversary, the all-important honeymoon or simply wanting to get away from it all and have some quality time with your significant other, Ecuador can offer you everything you have ever dreamt of and much, much more.
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