The Galapagos Islands are a must-see destination: a humbling experience when you can appreciate the vastness and beauty of nature. It’s obvious Galapagos would be top of the list. But what are the best places to go in the archipelago – besides a cruise, which is obvious – with your significant other?
El Ceibo Treehouse, Galapagos
El Ceibo Treehouse is as the name calls it: a treehouse in one of the most beautiful inhabited islands in the archipelago, Isabela Island. This former prisoner’s island has kept its small-town charm and hosts a real treehouse for two, with a view of the ocean. The island itself, with its volcanoes – which you can hike – and flamingos and extensive shore is a dream in itself where you can take part in several activities.
If your thing is being secluded and enjoying a good book, Floreana is for you. With a dramatic history and the smallest population in the archipelago, this is a great place for some alone-time with your spouse. Its trails are scarce and it’s a great spot for snorkeling. Its black sand beach is one of the best places to relax and swim with turtles. What could be better than that?
Santa Cruz Island
If day trips and outdoor activities are more of what you and your partner enjoy, Santa Cruz – the highest populated island in the Galapagos – is the island where you could embark on organized tours, meet locals and tour around the archipelago. Besides setting base, Santa Cruz offers beautiful beaches, like the white sand Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas, a must-see.
This city has been described as “a fairy tale” by many visitors. The river that divides the city, surrounded by colonial architecture and green areas make this city located in the southern part of the country best to walk hand in hand if you enjoy rich architecture and history. Sitting by the riverbanks to watch the sunset is one of the best things you can do, or even going for a run as the sun rises.
This area, dotted with remote Amazon lodges, is one of the best areas to admire the Amazon rainforest and take a break from all information overload and technology – most places don’t have wifi or a phone signal, with limited electricity throughout the area. Here you will be able to swim and go on hikes in the deep rainforest.
These provinces have some of the largest coastline in the country and you can find lodges for all price ranges in towns like Puerto Rico, Ayampe, Ayangue, and Las Tunas. These sleepy beach towns are a great place to relax or just admire the local fishermen’s lifestyle. Depending on the beach, activities such as paddle boarding and fishing might be available, but these towns are very small, which are all part of their charm.
This town, one of the most touristy in Ecuador, has several lodges where spa services are available, as well as activities like cycling and upselling. This town, located on the slopes of an active volcano and the gateway to the rainforest region, offers a relaxing environment and a wide range of activities.
This cloud forest town is known for its butterfly sanctuary, orchid sanctuary, waterfalls and great food. Its climate is part of the charm and what makes it an ideal destination. Places like La Roulotte – with its gypsy-styled cabins and big windows where you can spot butterflies as you are eating a delicious breakfast – capture the romance of the area, making an ideal stop for newlyweds.