Central + South America


spanish colonial cities, amazonian rainforest, jungle trekking, fascinating wildlife, horse riding

Ecuador is so much more than just a gateway to the Galapagos. Given its fascinating Spanish colonial cities, spectacular Andean scenery, virgin Amazonian rainforest and rich, indigenous culture, we think this is one of South America’s most underrated destinations.
Most visitors rush through the country’s interior but we have discovered some lovely, small lodges in areas where tourism treads very lightly. Some of the best jungle lodges in South America are located in the Ecuadorian Amazon and a stay here combines well with a few days in a family-run colonial hacienda in the Northern or Southern Sierras.

Ecuador is a very special place to spend some time. Being on the equator, it can be visited all year round but its many different micro-climates mean that you’ll need careful advice from our destination experts.

Best visited: All year round

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange ten days in Ecuador (not including flights) from £3000 per person.

“Chris and I had the most fantastic time - it was a trip that we will never forget.”

Crown Jewels

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

exploring the capital of ecuador; Quito

The capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is siturated at 2,800 metres and boasting fine Spanish colonial architecture, the city as a great presence and has an extraordinary light.

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a wildlife experince in The Amazon Basin

Brazil is more celebrated as an Amazon destination but Ecuador has developed small, remote jungle lodges which offer a far more intimate wildlife experience.

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Spectacular scenery in The Sierra

Most visitors to Ecuador focus on the Galapagos or the Amazon, so much of the interior of Ecuador is left relatively unvisited. The Sierra has some of the finest Andean scenery which also boasts fine, historic haciendas where you can stay.

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candle-lit visit to the churches of quito

Some of the smaller churches in Quito can be opened at night for our guides for a cultural tour with a difference. You will have the churches to yourselves and a real sense of peace and tranquility.

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riding along the ancient inca trail

There are Inca trails throughout the Andes in Ecuador and you can ride from hacienda to hacienda on horseback. You enjoy spectacular scenery and, in the evenings in the haciendas, a way of life unchanged for centuries.

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the indigenous people of the amazon

Explore the Amazon Basin by boat, run and organised by the the Huaorani people. This is a great way to access and understand some of the local traditions in a way that is managed and controlled by the Amazon people themselves.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

mainland ecuador

experience mainland ecuador


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As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Below is a selection of ones that we think stand out as ‘extraordinary’.

sacha lodge - our jungle retreat

Pat White travelled with her family to Costa Rica, they embarked on an adventure like never before. With their two guides, an English-speaking and a native, the spent a few days in the jungle, experiencing the wildlife and living and breathing the sounds and smells around them, as well as staying in the perfect jungle lodge.

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a beautiful journey to the galapagos

Harriett did not know what to expect when she booked her trip to The Galapagos, she had been to Africa on safari many times before, but did not know the types of animals she would encounter on this trip. She cruised around the islands on a small luxury yacht, and every day was full of extraordinary moments.

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Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.


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prate horse trekking Ecuador

It has been almost 30 years since experienced horseman Santiago started discovering Ecuador; with or without the Galapagos Islands his passion is based on a understandable conviction that his country is a spectacular place. He believes his country is a really spectacular place, and one of the most diverse countries in the world despite its tiny territory but also with a vibrant history and fascinating living culture. He has guided on the Amazon, the Galapagos, in Quito and in the Andes.

When Santiago accompanies a group of our clients as a guide, he still feels like another tourist, riding high in the Avenue of the volcanoes in the Andes with some of the most astonishing landscapes of Ecuador's most beautiful area. He feels privileged to get paid for doing an activity he loves, with the snow-capped volcanoes, miles and miles of green landscapes, indigenous villages, colourful and ancient cultures, lakes and lagoons and feeling the beauty of the remoteness and the privileged of being the only ones there.  Santiago can really get under the skin of Ecuador because his passion for his country in unwavering, He is particularly wonderful on horse based adventures for all levels but also invaluable for city and village visits. He has trained up a team of great guides but it is always a special satisfaction to get the man himself - and he is increasingly keen  to get away from his desk for c+l clients.

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At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have details conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration

Casa Gangotena

luxury hotel ecuador

A charming and peaceful 1920’s mansion beautifully restored in Quito’s Old Town, with a fascinating history and architecture that will enthrall those lucky enough to spend some time here; Casa Gangotena is a hotel with real character. The location is ideal, overlooking Plaza San Francisco, where you can discover the Inca history of the town and wander cobbled streets to the real highlights of the capital city.

hacienda zuleta

horse-riding in ecuador

Hacienda Zuleta is an incredibly charming private home and an ideal retreat to catch up on fresh air and un-spoilt views; a place to really re-connect with the great outdoors and enjoy delicious home cooking. Home to a large dairy herd and home bred Zuletano horses, this hacienda is the ultimate rural escape, where you can bike out in the morning or gallop off at sunset for all kinds of adventures.

mashpi lodge

Mashhpi luxury lodge Ecuador

As soon as you push through the cloud forest and arrive at Mashpi, the sense of excitement and discovery is overflowing. With incredible views, wildlife sightings and adventure, Mashpi is a truly enchanting place. This is a beautifully designed, futuristic lodge of glass and local wood, modern and yet tasteful. At this eco-friendly lodge you will be completely spoilt by delicious food and fantastic service.

sacha lodge

lake lodge Ethiopia rainforest

Sacha Lodge, a large wooden cabin deep in thick rainforest, is a mystical luxury lodge that promises privacy, tranquillity and comfort within the Ecuadorian Amazon. The pure magic of taking a boat out onto the Pilchicocha Lake in the heart of nature surrounded by dense forest or reaching the Canopy Walkway for incredible views and unique forest guiding is incredibly captivating.

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