When one hears the word Ecuador, one usually thinks immediately of the Galápagos, and that’s where we’re headed. The volcanic Galápagos Islands are known the world over for their incredible number of indigenous wildlife. Get up close and personal with the Galápagos tortoise, known to live up to 150 years. You’ll also meet marine and land iguanas, penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and many species of birds. Snorkel among angelfish, manta rays, and sea turtles; learn to sail; and volunteer with animal conservation organizations. We’ll then head to mainland Ecuador for a thrilling day of whitewater rafting; a challenging yet rewarding hike around the country’s most beautiful volcanos; and a well-deserved visit to the world-famous hot springs of the Andes.