From the butterflies in Artis to the butterflies of Ecuador

Posted by Ria & Ben

Early 2024 Ecuador has frequently been in the news. Despite the negative international coverage, this country is a true gem for travelers. While some may be deterred by messages about safety issues, those who take the plunge will discover that Ecuador is indeed a safe destination for travelers and a feast for the senses. With a welcoming population known for its warmth and friendliness, you’ll quickly feel at home in this captivating country. Hear directly from our travelers who went on a journey during this time.

From the butterflies in Artis to the butterflies of Ecuador

It started with a spontaneous conversation in Artis Zoo, where Ria told me that she would like to visit Ecuador one day. A few months later we received a message via our website (translated from Dutch): “After our meeting in the Artis butterfly garden, Aves Travels has been on my mind! The time is now here to plan our trip for March 2024.”

After exchanging wishes and options, it became an all-encompassing 3-week journey, in which the rich nature of Ecuador predominated: cloud forest, Amazon and the Andes mountains could not be missed. In the Galápagos we opted for an 8-day cruise with luxury yacht Infinity.

Upon their return home, I had the opportunity to speak to two enthusiastic travelers. Below is the great feedback that Aves Travels received:

Our journey to Ecuador and Galapagos was completely tailor-made

Our journey to Ecuador and Galapagos in March 2024 was completely tailor-made by Aves Travels. Even in these hectic times in Ecuador, we received detailed information about the situation on the ground. We were therefore able to experience the trip with peace of mind. The most beautiful places were selected by Marianne and the selected accommodations were great! All transfers were accurate and fast, no hitches. Nature guides were of high quality, both in the Amazon and the Galapagos. Extensive information from Marianne about all aspects of the trip. Responds quickly to specific questions. Well-designed brochures. The journey had a good balance between discovery and experience!

Other experiences during this time

Among others, Ben and his daughter as well as Marian and her partner also traveled during this period. Below are the reviews of these two beautiful trips:

Ben (overnight in Quito, 8 days Elite and a few overnights in Golden Bay on the Galápagos Islands):
“Great service and wonderful trip, unforgettable.”

Marian (overnight in Quito, 11 days Seaman Journey and a overnights on the Galápagos Islands and in Guayaquil) :
“Aves Travels does what it promises! Our expectations have been more than met. We had a fantastic trip to the Galapagos Islands: excellent guides, crew/captain and drivers. We wanted for nothing. Good food, good beds, expert tours, many activities, good service, excellent knowledge of the local situation. And of course saw a lot of animals. We felt like we were in a National Geographic film, both above and under water.”

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