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Ecuador & Galapagos Tours & Holidays

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Overview

Ecuador is often described as encapsulating an entire continent in a single country. Straddling the equator on South America’s Pacific coast, and wedged between Colombia and Peru, this small Latin American nation is able to boast landscapes as diverse as the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, Bellavista Cloud Forest, the Amazon Rainforest and the volcanic terrain of the Galapagos Islands.

Considered one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world, Ecuador is home to a higher ...

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GROUP TOUR

Darwin's Ecuador: Andes to Galapagos

On this land-based itinerary explore Isabela and Santa Cruz islands, taking in volcanic treks, sea lions, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies, as well as Quito, Cuenca and Andean villages in Ecuador.
16 days from €6,142

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Ecuador

This small country is blessed with such diverse natural beauty. See as much as possible in two weeks with this classic itinerary taking in cloud forest, active volcanoes, hot spring towns, Andean cities and the Amazon
14 days from €4,814
TAILOR-MADE

Ecuador In Style

One of the most high-end trips you will have anywhere in Latin America, this itinerary mixes culture and nature with a real focus on exclusive accommodation and experiences
15 days from €12,400
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Ecuador

Ecuador is a real goldmine of wildlife and nature, both of which this itinerary focusses on. You'll visit the volcanoes of Cotopaxi, the wildlife of the Amazon rainforest and the rich volcanic islands of the Galapagos
14 days from €6,774
TAILOR-MADE

Peru and Ecuador: Macchu Picchu and the Galapagos

Focus on two of South America’s highlights: its rich biodiversity and its historic archaeological heritage. Explore two of the most famous examples of these, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
13 days from €5,127

HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Cotopaxi National Park

An hour and a half south of Quito, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, lies the dominant image of the Ecuadorian national psyche: the perfectly conical Cotopaxi Volcano, claiming to be the ...

Ecuadorian Amazon

The Amazon basin, the greatest rainforest habitat in the world, hardly needs an introduction. Covering 7 million square kilometres, it is home to one quarter of the world’s plant and animal species,...

Galapagos Islands

Thanks to the discoveries of Charles Darwin, we now know that wildlife migrated to the striking volcanic, archipelagic habitat long ago, and have since evolved into entirely new species. Few other ...

Quito

Ecuador's capital city is considered one of the finest in Latin America and its setting, flanked by volcanic peaks, is simply breathtaking. Divided into the old and new towns, Quito offers a diverse ...

The Cloud Forest

Stretching from Quito to Colombia, the Northern Sierra is taken up by 'cloud forest' the name given to a particular type of ecosystem that plays host to vegetation found between 900 and 2,500m on the ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Lodge, Bellavista Cloud Forest

A truly unique place to stay in this idyllic natural area, the Bellavista is an ecolodge in a wonderful location. Guests can stay above the forest canopy; some prefer the wonderful four-storey,…

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, Galapagos Islands

One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is your base for exploring the Galapagos, whether you are island hopping or taking a cruise. Located on the…

Hotel Mama Cuchara By Art Hotels, Quito

Hotel Mama Cuchara by Art Hotels is a stunning, family-owned property in the historic centre of Quito, within walking distance from Plaza Santo Domingo. Art Hotels display exhibits of Ecuadorian art to…

Illa Experience Hotel, Quito

Opened in 2017, the ILLA Experience Hotel is located in the traditional neighbourhood of Marcos in Quito, known for its artists, writers and musicians. The restored building dates back to 1700 and the…

La Selva Jungle Lodge, Ecuadorian Amazon

A rustic and authentic ecolodge in a remote part of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve and on the borders of the protected Yasuní National Park, La Selva is one of our favourite options for a wild, authentic…

Mashpi Lodge, Mindo

A modern luxury lodge set in more than 3,000 acres of cloud forest in northern Ecuador just 2 ½ hours from Quito, Mashpi Lodge is an intimate base from which to explore the biodiversity of this region.…

Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuadorian Amazon

The concept and construction of this ecolodge, located within the protected Yasuní National Park, derive from the local community who own it and it is recognised as a blueprint for community-based…

San Agustin De Callo Hacienda, Cotopaxi National Park

Luxury, history and nature meet at the 16th century colonial hacienda of San Agustin de Callo; a charming property located one and a half hours south of Quito. This beautiful lodge is built on the site…

Chilcabamba Lodge, Cotopaxi National Park

An absolutely charming Andean lodge surrounded by Ecuadorian páramo around six kilometres outside the Cotopaxi National Park, a stay at the authentically warm and inviting Chilcabamba Lodge is worth it…

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Ecuador’s mainland is South America abridged; an exquisitely compact summary of what makes the continent special. In contrast, Galapagos is nirvana for wildlife lovers, a compellingly gorgeous freak of nature.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Ecuador though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria and Yellow Fever are present in some parts of Ecuador. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.   

Currency 

In Ecuador the official unit of currency is the US Dollar. Notes are the same, and US coins are also accepted, but the country also mints its own coins that cannot be used outside of Ecuador.  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

Although South Americans are very relaxed in comparison to people in other parts of the world, some places (especially up in the Andes) are very traditional and conservative, and your dress and behaviour should respect this. Public displays of affection are considered inappropriate, and when visiting churches and cathedrals, women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat while men should take their hats off.  

Language & Religion  

In Ecuador the major language is Spanish, with several other indigenous languages spoken in the Andes. English is also widely spoken. The main religion is Catholic.  

Time 

Ecuador is 5 hours behind GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

Ecuador is known for its fabulous exotic fruits, high quality fish and seafood, and the countless varieties of Andean potatoes. Across the country you will find a broad spectrum of national and regional dishes, including lemon-marinated shrimp, toasted corn, and pastries stuffed with spiced meats. If you are feeling courageous, you can put your culinary bravery to the test with roasted cuy (guinea pig). Vegetarians or those with special dietary needs can also be catered for; however, in some rural places the type of food may be limited. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.  

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