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Ecuador & Galapagos

Ecuador & Galapagos tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12 hours

Time zone
GMT -5 (-6 Galapagos Islands)

Currency
US Dollar (USD) = 100 cents

Language
Spanish

Travel advice
(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 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 …

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Top itineraries in Ecuador & Galapagos

Ecuador by Train & Galapagos Island Stay

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,845 pp incl. flights

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.

Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day itinerary from £5,095 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £1,320 per couple on Mashpi Lodge stay & Cruise
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Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise & Finch Bay Beach

12-day exploration cruise

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.

Grand Tour of Ecuador & The Galapagos

17-day tailor-made journey from £7,355 pp incl. flights

Straddling the equator, mainland Ecuador boasts colonial cities, beautiful haciendas, towering volcanoes and green and steamy jungles. Combined with the incredible beauty and diversity of nature that can only be found on the Galapagos, it's a truly compelling destination.

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Top places to stay in Ecuador & Galapagos

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.

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.

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.

Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Galapagos

Contemporary hotel

Based on the south of Santa Cruz island, this eco-friendly hotel is provides private, spacious terraces with fabulous views of the bay. Activities include kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, guided walks and sea excursions on board the hotel's own yacht.

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Special offers in Ecuador & Galapagos

Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day itinerary from £5,095 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,320 per couple on Mashpi Lodge stay & Cruise
Book by: 24 April 2017

Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.

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Ecuador & Galapagos articles

  • Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

    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.

  • Top 10 wildlife travel experiences

    We've wracked our brains and debated long and hard to narrow down our wildlife wishlist to just ten extraordinary experiences; see where we'd go, and if you agree, talk to one of our destination specialists about tailoring your own trip to where the wild things are.

  • Top ten destinations for 2014

    Some old favourites and a sprinkling of the unexpected With Christmas behind us and the New Year well under way we've asked our country specialists to put their well-travelled heads together and come up with their must-visit destinations for the year ahead, and after much heated debate, plenty of …

  • Ecuador’s Tren Crucero wins prestigious tourism award

    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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