Water defines many of Ecuador’s ecosystems. Without the ocean, there could be no Galapagos Archipelago or beaches along the Pacific coast. It’s the Amazon River which gave birth to the tropical rainforest, and which enables the people, animals, and plants to thrive.
Travelling by boat is often the only way to get from A to B. When you kayak, you control the pace of your journey and, to some extent, your route. You can move through even the shallowest of waters, land on riverbanks and in coves, feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle across rapids, and, in calmer waters, approach birdlife almost silently. This self propelled mode of discovery is perfect for adventurous teens as well as adults, and you can develop and refine your skills by kayaking with an experienced instructor-guide.
Life beneath the water is no less fascinating, and when you put on your mask and snorkel, a watery wonderland opens up. The Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve boasts dozens of unique seawater species, and if you snorkel along Ecuador’s coastline, you’ll share the water with whale, sea lion, and multi coloured fish.