Start married life in the company of some of the most fantastic animals and ecosystems on the planet, with a cruise around the Galápagos Islands. Take a journey through the steamy Amazon Basin and bed down in the dense cloud forest at a biodiversity reserve.
Mist and myth-shrouded Quito, the second highest capital in the world, is a colourful place. It’s a romantic city in which to potter and has some divine hidden quarters to explore with flower markets, hat ateliers and cosy restaurants. Visit the ornate cathedrals and Baroque architecture of the Old Town, and enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains from the top of Panecillo Hill.
But it’s the wild interior of the country that really makes this trip a magical honeymoon. The Amazon Basin is a treasure trove of biodiversity. The best way to explore this jungle realm is by navigating down the river on a state of the art vessel such as the MV Anakonda.
There is something deeply romantic about waking up in a cosy cabin amidst the astounding Galápagos Islands. Every day offers a different island, bay or cove to explore and different species to discover. Watch blue-footed boobies prance around statuesque rocks, snorkel with sea lions as they blow bubbles around you. Whilst strolling over the lunar landscape, you may spot a Galápagos giant tortoise trundling across your path. See the islands in style on the M/C Petrel, a newly-built luxury cruise liner offering a unique way to experience this archipelago. The vessel offers a selection of eight, six, five and four-day itineraries offering up-close encounters with wildlife in high-end comfort.
Ecuador’s hidden wildlife gem is the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. Located in dense cloud forest crisscrossed with waterfalls, it’s a biodiversity hotspot. You could spend your days admiring a staggering 500 species of bird fluttering through the canopy, as well as the monkey, peccary and puma that call this place home. Stay at the Mashpi Lodge, set within a 1,200-hectare private reserve and part of a wildlife haven known as the Tumbez-Chocó-Darien.
The lush rainforests of Ecuador and the spectacular islands of the Galápagos are a little bit of Eden to lose yourselves in. It’s the ultimate honeymoon getaway for nature lovers. To begin planning your bespoke honeymoon, talk to our specialists today.