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Ecuador & Galapagos

Ecuador & Galapagos tailor-made holidays

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12 hours

Time Zone
GMT -5 (-6 Galapagos Islands)

Currency
US Dollar (USD) = 100 cents

Language
Spanish

Visa
(UK/US) None

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Where to go in Ecuador & Galapagos

Cloud Forest

The western slopes of the Pichincha Volcano near Quito are covered in beautiful cloud forests, perfect for nature lovers wanting to indulge their sense of adventure.

Galapagos

A trip to the Galapagos Islands - 1,000km west of mainland Ecuador - is an unforgettable experience.

Guayaquil & Pacific Coast

Ecuador's largest city and commercial centre, Guayaquil, is a dynamic coastal port on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Province of Loja

The province of Loja is a maze of small ranges, valleys and cloud forests, long isolated from the rest of the country.

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When to go

Ecuador is situated on the equator and hence, there are only two seasons: winter (rainy season) and summer (dry season). Due to the varied geographical structure of the country it is best to divide the climate information in accordance to these areas: The Galápagos Islands: The weather in the Galápagos Islands is largely determined by ocean currents. June to December is cool and dry and in December, there's a definable climate pattern of hot sunny mornings followed by clouds and sparse showers in the afternoons. January to May is generally hot, humid and wet. The Andes: There is a varied range in temperature and weather, which depends on the altitude and the time of year - as a general …

Top itineraries in Ecuador & Galapagos

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise & Finch Bay Beach

12-day Exploration cruise from £4,995 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free Galapagos flights, save up to £1,800 per couple
Book by: 24 August 2016

Discover the beautiful islands of the Galapagos. This magical odyssey takes in the islands of the Galapagos archipelago, the colonial town of Quito and a relaxing beach stay on Santa Cruz Island. An evocative journey reminiscent of Darwin's adventures – truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Amazon cruise and The Galapagos Islands

12-day tailor-made journey from £5,895 pp incl. flights

Ecuador is renowned for its wildlife, with two of the world's most important and best-known ecosystems falling within its borders - the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.

Quito, Otavalo and the Galapagos

8-day tailor-made journey from £3,895 pp incl. flights

This classic twin-centre holiday to Ecuador combines the centuries-old cultures and customs of Quito and the Andes with a four-night stay at Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galapagos Islands.

Luxury Quito & Galapagos Cruise

11-day tailor-made journey from £6,795 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £1,800 per couple
Book by: 24 August 2016

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

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Top places to stay in Ecuador & Galapagos

La Pinta Yacht

Luxury cruise ship

La Pinta offers access to the Galapagos in style, and daily excursions from kayaking, glass-bottom boats to island tours.

Casa Gangotena, Ecuador

Historic hotel

Forming part of Quito's cultural inventory, Casa Gangotena is a historic hotel situated on Plaza San Francisco – Quito's main square, once home to several Inca temples.

Santa Cruz II

Accommodation

Launched by Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s travel company that pioneered small expeditions to the Galapagos Islands in the 1960s, the Santa Cruz II takes the baton from its predecessor, the MV Santa Cruz.

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Contemporary lodge

The lodge has also recently been made part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

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Special offers in Ecuador & Galapagos

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise & Finch Bay Beach

12-day Exploration cruise from £4,995 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free Galapagos flights, save up to £1,800 per couple
Book by: 24 August 2016

Discover the beautiful islands of the Galapagos. This magical odyssey takes in the islands of the Galapagos archipelago, the colonial town of Quito and a relaxing beach stay on Santa Cruz Island. An evocative journey reminiscent of Darwin's adventures – truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Luxury Quito & Galapagos Cruise

11-day tailor-made journey from £6,795 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,800 per couple
Book by: 24 August 2016

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

Mashpi Lodge & the Galapagos Islands

10-day itinerary from £4,645 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free Galapagos flights, save up to £1,200 per couple
Book by: 24 August 2016

Enjoy a remarkable stay in one of the most diverse ecological areas in the world on the Galapagos Islands.

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