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Ecuador sits astride the Equator, where its relatively tiny size belies its staggering geographical diversity, from a battalion of snow-smothered Andean volcanic peaks to luscious Amazon rainforests. The wild Pacific beaches, unjustly neglected, are fringed with exuberant vegetation pulsating with wildlife. The Galapagos Islands, which also form part of Ecuador’s territory, are located a couple of hours flight from Ecuador's coast.

Mainland Ecuador is compact and easy to get around. Roads are invariably scenic and journeys are of a comfortable length. Short domestic flights and a recently refurbished railway complete the transport network. Often overlooked by people rushing to and from the Galapagos Islands, those who take the time to explore Ecuador are rewarded by a dramatically beautiful country that never fails to surprise and charm its visitors.

Ecuador is one of the continent’s most traditional countries; there’s a strong indigenous tradition in the highland villages, with cottage crafts and hand-woven textiles piled high in the lively markets and Quito is arguably one of the most impressive colonial cities on the continent. Ecuador is wonderful for those looking to take part in outdoor activities, visit local communities, enjoy breathtaking nature and relax in lovely country farms or haciendas in exquisite scenery.

Experience Ecuador on its own or combine it with a Galapagos Cruise.

Our holidays to Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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Blue Footed Boobies

Signature Ecuador and Galapagos: Volcanoes to the ocean

16 days from £5960pp

Machu Picchu

Luxury Peru and Galapagos: Machu Picchu and the Enchanted Islands

15 days from £8361pp

Galapagos marine iguana

Signature Galapagos

11 days

Albatross

Albatross: Ecuador's highlands and Galápagos

16 days from £4427pp

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Essential information

Language

Spanish

Time Difference

GMT -5 hours

Key events

Carnival:
Semana Santa (Easter)
Todos los Santos

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Our insider tips for Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hiking around the skirts of Mount Cotopaxi, the most satisfyingly conical of the ice-cream cone volcanoes: or even climbing up to the snow line or, for the ambitious, to the peak at 5,897m.
Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Discovering the incredible wildlife in the cloud forest of Mindo and the enchanted Galapagos on a island hopping adventure or a Galapagos Islands cruise.

Margot

Margot Chard

Sitting beside the fire at one of the restored patrician haciendas in the chilly uplands, after an exhilarating day out walking or riding across the plains; or enjoying a cup of coffee and a cake under the arches of an arcade in sunny colonial Cuenca, the city’s most delightful and graceful city.


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Ben Line

Browsing the artisan and produce markets of the highland village communities, and finding a little gem among the mountains of craft work:  a lovely leather bag, an embroidered shawl, a carved figurine.

Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

What our experts say

I spent three months living in Ecuador and loved every minute of it.  It’s a small and eye-catching country, easy to get around and a great introduction to Andean culture and landscapes. As a student, I was working in Quito during the week and would escape at the weekend to visit the markets, the cloud-forest and the surrounding towns and cities. I was keen to pack in as many experiences as I could: the week I spent at the hippy, surfers’ paradise Montañita on the coast stands out as did my birthday dinner in La Boca del Lobo, a whacky yet cool restaurant near the centre of Quito.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

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