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Marielisa Terán

Suffering from a debilitating case of wanderlust since my teens, I have been fortunate to visit some of the most on incredible places on Earth. During my travels, however, I always seemed to be talking up the awe-inspiring natural and cultural beauty of my own home country, Ecuador. Now I get the opportunity to help fellow wanderers design a one-of-a-kind adventure to this unique corner of the world. My hope is that your experiences in Ecuador give you a lifetime of memories and an unrelenting desire to return.

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"As a Galapagos travel expert, I am your one-stop shop for all you need to know about the Enchanted islands."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Based on my personal experience, I believe that travel is not just about checking places off a list. It’s about soaking in everything that a destination has to offer: culture, food, local idiosyncrasies. True travelers delve into the nooks and crannies of their destination and manage to come out the other side as a person who is forever changed.

There is no other place on Earth like Ecuador. I have ambled through its beaches and cloud forests, sailed its seas and canoed down its rivers, climbed its snow-peaked mountains and met the incredibly diverse and exceptional peoples that call this magnificent country home. I wanted to share my love for discovery and immersion in this small but splendid country."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget the first time I saw the sunrise over the Yasuní National Park's rainforest canopy. We woke up before dawn and trudged through the muddy jungle trail in complete darkness and silence. We then climbed the 40-meter tall kapok tree to the observation tower and sat, waiting patiently. As the light began to filter into the sky, the fog hovering on the tree line started to lift, and then, as if led by an invisible conductor, all the different animals began their morning ritual, filling the air with a beautiful cacophony, and me with a sense of awe. "

Featured trips & expertise

Highly active marmoset monkeys can be spotted on trips into the Ecuadorian Amazon.

One Week in Ecuador: 5 Great Itineraries

There are not many countries this small that can boast four such starkly contrasting topographical regions. In an area roughly the size of Britain, Ecuador combines coast, rugged mountains, jungle, and the Galapagos. Sun-bathe on Pacific-facing beaches, climb volcanoes or hike around Andean lakes, go zip-lining in cloud forest or canoe up an Amazon tributary, or wildlife-watch in the Galapagos: these 7-day itineraries are full of astonishing variety.

Boy riding a horse at Quilotoa lake in Ecuador

10 Days in Ecuador: 5 Suggested Itineraries

Local people are fond of saying that Ecuador is four countries in one: coast, highlands, jungle, and the Galapagos. Whether you want to relax on the beach, climb volcanoes, hike around Andean lakes, go zip-lining in the cloud forest, canoe up an Amazon tributary or cruise the Galapagos, there is a perfect itinerary for everyone.

Tiny Tortoises of the Santa Cruz Breeding Center, Galapagos

Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 8 Days

An 8-day adventure in Ecuador, starting and ending in Quito. During this trip, you'll get to explore Quito, the Otavalo indigenous market, and the beautiful Galapagos Islands, possibly the best-preserved national park in the world.

Andes near El Altar volcano in Riobamba region, Ecuador

Ecuador - Top 6 Things To Do In The Andes

The Avenue of the Volcanoes. The Roof of the World. For centuries, natives and travelers alike have found inspiration in the chain of immense volcanoes that form the Ecuadorian Andes. With rich Andean culture and awe-inspiring views, you’ll learn what is so special about mountain life along the equator.

Cordillera Occidental Andes Central Ecuador

Ecuador: Amazon, Andes, and the Coast - 16 Days

Explore the best of Ecuador in this 16-day tour through the Amazon, Andes, and Coastal regions. You'll visit beautiful colonial towns, indigenous communities, and experience ways of life both ancient and modern in this diverse country.