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Ecuador

Ecuador is small by South American standards, but nonetheless rich in treasures - perfect for an adventure or luxury holiday. In a day you could watch the dawn break over jungle, have lunch in the high Andes, then watch the sun slip into the Pacific Ocean.

The capital city, Quito, is a colonial feast with a spring-like climate year-round, while Otavalo in the north is a gem, full of indigenous textiles and crafts. To the south is the impressive mountain spine of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', to the west the unspoiled expanse of the Amazon jungle, full of jungle lodges and the opportunity for river cruises and wildlife spotting.

A trip to the Galapagos Islands - 1,000km west of the mainland - is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers, as are the lush cloud forests closer to the capital.


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Itinerary ideas [51]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Ecuador. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.

Family Galapagos - Central, Southern and East Islands

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy …

Full Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out—from the Andes …

Highlights of Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out – from the …

Family Land Galápagos - Multi-activities

Looking to give your kids a crash course in exotic wildlife? What better place to visit than “Darwin’s test kitchen,” the Galápagos? On this …

Ecuador Multisport

Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador. Across nine action-packed days, you’ll bike Cotopaxi (an Andean stratovolcano), …

Galápagos - West & Central Islands Aboard the Evolution

Charles Darwin may have gotten here first, but his ride definitely wasn’t as nice. Join us aboard the splendid Evolution (G10) and set sail for an adventure …

Galápagos - North & Central Islands Aboard the Evolution

Sure, you don’t need to cruise the Galápagos from a spiffy boat, but it sure doesn’t hurt, does it? Set sail aboard the majestic Evolution for a journey …

Galápagos - South Islands Aboard the Daphne

This voyage offers the chance to cruise the southern islands of the Galápagos with the Daphne as your floating base. Come face to fin with sea life while …

Galápagos - North & Central Islands Aboard the Daphne

A more compact version of the ten-day 'Voyage Galapagos - Western Islands,' this cruise stays focused on the northern islands of the Galápagos archipelago. …

Galapagos North and Central Islands & Inca Discovery

From the unique wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure – …

Galápagos - North & South Islands Aboard the Daphne

Cruise aboard the comfortable Daphne as you cast your net around the southern islands of the Galápagos. Meet marine iguanas on Santa Fé and blue-footed …

Galapágos - West Islands Aboard the Daphne

Climb aboard the comfortable Daphne for eight days of in-depth exploration of the western islands of the Galápagos. You'll witness a nesting site for the …

Galápagos - Central Islands Aboard the Queen

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Ecuador Quest

Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This 8-day …

Local Living Ecuador - Amazon Jungle

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and …

Inland & Amazon

From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore …

The Ecuador Experience

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic …

Galápagos - South & East Islands Aboard the Queen

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

La Selva Lodge

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon River system. Walk on raised platforms and …

La Selva Lodge - 5 Days

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon River system. Walk on raised platforms and …

Galápagos - North and Central Islands Aboard the Queen

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Cloud Forest Experience

Head for the clouds—cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo forest, sitting at a comfortable 1200m in altitude. Try …

Galápagos - North & Central Islands Aboard the San Jose

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Family Galapagos - Northern and Central Islands

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no further than this trip packed with …

Galápagos - Central & South Islands Aboard the San Jose

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend five days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Galápagos - North & South Islands Aboard the San Jose

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Galápagos - West Islands Aboard the San Jose

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Galápagos - Central & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat

Curious to explore the Galápagos but don't have a whole lot of time? Step aboard the roomy Monserrat and join us on this cruising adventure through the …

Galápagos - Central Islands Aboard the Monserrat

If you’re looking for a taste of exotic nature, look no further than this trip aboard the Monserrat, our comfort-class vessel for navigating the high seas of …

Galápagos - West & Central Islands Aboard the Monserrat

The Galápagos islands are a hotbed of exotic wildlife and picturesque landscapes, and there’s no better way to view it all than from a comfortable ship like …

Galápagos - South & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat

Have you always dreamed about exploring the Galápagos, but never found the time? Make some. Let the Monserrat show you how comfortable a whirlwind trip through …

Galápagos - West, Central and East Islands Aboard the Monserrat

It’s virtually impossible to witness the wonders of the Galápagos first-hand and not return home a devoted conservationist. Board the comfy Monserrat and …

Galápagos - Central, South & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy …

Galápagos - West & Central Islands Aboard the Monserrat

Picture it: the Galápagos, viewed from the deck of the comfortable Monserrat as she cuts through blue waters bound for another island paradise loaded with …

Galápagos - South & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat

If an authentic tropical landscape figures big in your travel dreams, get yourself on down to the Galápagos, stat. Want to keep an eye out for native wildlife …

Galapagos - Central Islands Aboard Xavier

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend three days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Galapagos on a Shoestring

This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so …

Quito to La Paz Adventure

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic 5-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all—the Pacific …

Quito to Lima Adventure

Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, Amazon and Pacific coast on this 15-day adventure from Lima to Quito. Explore pre-Inca ruins, …

The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in …

Galápagos Isabela Island Package

See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's two largest islands, Isabela and Santa Cruz. Travel by air, road and speedboat to …

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-on

Want more Galápagos? Extend your stay by adding this 4-day adventure. See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's largest …

Land Galápagos - Multi-activities

This ten-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore …

Galapagos - Central and East Aboard Xavier

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of …

Galápagos - Central, South & East Islands Aboard the Queen

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend a week exploring the incredible wildlife of the …

Places to stay [2]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Ecuador. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Ecuador, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.

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