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.
Ecuador's 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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Exclusive tailor-made fly, rail and cruise holiday
Combining two unique experiences – a mountain rail journey through the Andes and an island-hopping, luxury cruise through the Galápagos – this is your chance to see the natural wonders of Ecuador in style. Spot marine iguanas on snorkel trips before returning to all-inclusive fine dining.
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Explore some of Ecuador's most impressive landscapes aboard the award-winning Tren Crucero (Cruise Train) as you travel through the high Andes to the coastal city of Guayaquil.
Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.
This tailor-made tour is a comprehensive appreciation of the Galápagos’ alien natural world, taking in its spectacular scenery and philosophy-inspiring wildlife on a range of guided excursions. You’ll also have time to explore Ecuador’s colonial heritage and indigenous culture.
Top places to stay in Ecuador & Galapagos
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.
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.
La Pinta offers access to the Galapagos in style, and daily excursions from kayaking, glass-bottom boats to island tours.
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Where to go in Ecuador & Galapagos
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.
A trip to the Galapagos Islands - 1,000km west of mainland Ecuador - is an unforgettable experience.
Ecuador's largest city and commercial centre, Guayaquil, is a dynamic coastal port on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
When to go to Ecuador & Galapagos
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 …
Ecuador & Galapagos articles
Galapagos specialist Janet Welsh recently visited the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador's capital, Quito. Read her review of both for some honest insight into the accommodation, facilities and overall experience, as well as her advice for anybody thinking about going to visit.
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The British Guild of Travel Writers, the UK's leading organisation for travel media professionals, has awarded its 'Wider World' prize to the development and relaunch of the Tren Crucero in Ecuador.
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