One wise man once said: you are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life.
I flew across the ocean for Ecuador, this tiny country in South America where I have longed to visit.
Who knew its capital, Quito, was the first ever city declared world heritage status by UNESCO. Breakfast started on the historic square, properly enchanting.
Wondering around the old town and its charming lanes could easily take up a whole day and that's exactly what I did.
In the evening, retire to your beautiful room with mesmerizing views of the old town and all the modern luxury one might need.
The next day, I headed to the countryside. Lunch was at a private estate. The family has been running the farm for six generations, now producing 15 million roses annually. The wonderful weather on the equator makes Ecuador world's second largest rose exporter.
Food is served family style. Sharing the table with the farm owner, his family stories are fascinating.
I have never seen so many roses. The beautiful home is filled with blooming roses of different colors and decorated entirely of furniture (including wall paper and ceiling decors) shipped from France by their ancestors.
Continue my journey to the Andes highlands, I arrived at my home away from home, a private hacienda of Ecuador's most prominent family.
The 4,000 acre private estate has been in the family for more than 100 years. It's home to two former presidents of Ecuador.
I stayed in the room of the former-president's grandson. It is nothing comparing to a fancy luxury hotel, or to be exact, the elegance and incredible history of this private estate is incomparable in anyway. A truly unique place.
There are 300 families living in the village. Almost every household has at least one family member who works on this farm. The impressive community involvement is heart warming.
All the food served here are from their own organic garden. The freshest ingredients you can taste.
Life on the farm is relaxed. Five incredibly well behaved dogs will welcome you like a much missed family member.
When you feel like it, get on the horseback, Ecuador's finest equestrian horses of course.
The ride into the highlands is breathtaking.
Follow an experienced naturalist who spent 5 years here rescuing endangered condors and search for these mystical birds with his expert help.
You will for sure spot a few and learn everything about them.
Then, it's time to head to the highlight of Ecuador, Galapagos.
Landscape so rugged and ocean so pure, sea lions definitely overpopulate the handful of humans who come to visit. Swim with the cuttest puppies in crystal clear ocean.
Birds feed their young right in front of your eyes.
Or perform their hilarious mating dance.
It's unbelievable to see animals so undisturbed in their natural habitat.
This is a place full of wonder.
If it is true that you are the sceneries you see, the roads you've travelled.
You are the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in.
You are every single day.
Then, drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the colours fill your mind.
All you need is Ecuador.
- Ecuador is suitable for travel all year round. Availability in Galapagos is limited, traveling in high season, it is advisable to book 6 months in adavnce.
- High seasons are June - September, Christmas, New Year and Jan - May.
- Ideal travel time about 10 days.
Tips of Flight
*From USA, there are direct flights from Miami (4h15m), Dallas (5h45m), Houston or Atlanta (5h20m).
*From HK/China to Quito, transit via Amsterdam, total flight time 1 day.
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