Nature reserved some of her best for Ecuador, with its mountain highlands and haciendas, not to mention its stunning Galapagos Islands. Head to Quito, the nation’s capital, where you can tour its many cultural, religious and historic sites. Or go to coastal Guayaquil to experience local marine wildlife on a boat ride or snorkeling trip.
Explore the majestic rainforest however you’d like – jungle treks, dugout canoe safaris, or by relaxing in a hammock and keeping an eye on the wildlife.
Expert guides will reveal extraordinary wildlife – caiman, otters, sloths, parrots, monkeys, hoatzin, monkeys, capybaras, anacondas – and provide insights into the area's importance to the local communities.
Staying in the depths of the Amazon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that defines the saying of ‘off the beaten track’.
“56 volcanoes, 11 still active. Fascinating country for trekking, with plenty of challenging summits. Also, ideal for getting acquainted with the Andine culture, tasty local food, open markets and unique craftsmanship (especially Otavalo). Quito most pleasant to walk and much to see. Enjoy!”
“From start to finish, staff at World Expeditions were most helpful, all guides spoke English and were most informative on the tours. Accommodation was good to very good and vehicular transport excellent.”
“Hands down one of the best World Expeditions trips I have been on (and this was my 10th one). The Beluga was a fantastic yacht and the food was of 5 star restaurant quality. The staff worked tirelessly for us and provided a flawless trip. Our guide, Franklin, took great pride in sharing his wealth of knowledge with us and he really took us on a tour to remember. The scenery in the Galapagos Islands was breathtaking and the twice-daily landings didn't disappoint. The most abundance in wildlife I have ever witnessed (and they are not scared of humans so you literally are a few feet away from them). Highlights were swimming with some very cheeky sea lions on multiple occasions and witnessing a very long and entertaining courtship ritual of two Waved Albatrosses. We snorkeled every day (wetsuit definitely required!) and saw amazing creatures underwater and on land. I highly recommend this trip. It is definitely the trip of a lifetime. You won't see wildlife or this spectacular scenery anywhere else in the world.”
Ecuador feels like a country that was created after years of practice. Nature reserved some of her beautiful best for Ecuador. The mountain highlands and haciendas are famous for their awe-inspiring wonders and each landmass feels so picture-perfect. Staying in cloud-forest lodges or visiting those timeless villages is perhaps the best thing to do when on a tour to Ecuador. And you also have all kinds of options when it comes to coastal explorations.
The exotic Galapagos, majestic Andes, beautiful Amazon rainforests, 17th century churches, Kichwa villages and much more! A trip to Ecuador often leaves you perplexed for you never know what to leave out from your itinerary. After all, with the things Ecuador country has on offer, you could spend months here.
Trace Charles Darwin's footsteps on the Galapagos Islands
Ride in a basket at the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) in Banos
Swing off the end of the world at Casa Del Arbol
Hike to Quilotoa Lagoon
Worship the sun at Templo del Sol Pintor
Many new visitors to Ecuador do not realise that the currency is, in fact, the United States dollar - and it has been since the year 2000!
The journey from Quito airport into the city of Quito takes approximately two hours by bus. A taxi will get you there in under an hour and is usually a cheaper alternative if travelling in a group of three or more.
You simply cannot miss Ecuadorian chocolate (and hot chocolate, even in the summer). This must-try food can be found on nearly any street corner.
Double check the quality marketplace alpaca products before buying. Sweaters and other products may contain some alpaca fur but are often mostly acrylic. If you're not sure, ask the vendor.
If you're looking for a wild and exciting holiday in Ecuador, head to the coast where you'll find plenty of parties and surfing. If you want a more relaxing holiday, head inland for charming, quiet towns.
Ecuador has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Ecuador before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Ecuador, do check out our Ecuador Travel Guide for more information.