While oft used as a jumping-off point for the thrilling wildlife of the Galápagos, Ecuador is stunning and worth its own in-depth exploration. Unearth the culture and charms of this rainforest- and volcano-bedecked land on an Ecuador tour, from quiet, centuries-old haciendas to the vast Andean Condor Reserve. Journey through its unequalled natural landscapes, and watch as the true Ecuador comes to light—tour Baroque-style churches in Quito and the intriguing Tulipe Archaeological Site, dating from 800 A.D. Trek and horseback ride in the Zuleta countryside, gazing at Northern Andes views and stopping at local markets for handicrafts, textiles, and tapestries. And not to be overlooked—the local wildlife comes out at Machalilla National Park. Keep that camera handy and say hello to monkeys, armadillos, and over 270 bird species including waved albatross.