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Ecuador

As one of the smallest countries in South America, part of Ecuador’s charm is its compact size. Its four main regions are the Andes, Pacific Coast, Amazon and Galapagos Islands. And these are all within easy reach of one another, allowing you to experience an incredible diversity of flora and fauna without long travel days.

The capital, Quito, was the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it boasts the best preserved historical centre in the Americas. From here, you can reach the southern city of Cuenca in just a few hours but we recommend taking your time. This route, known as the Avenue of the Volcanoes, offers dramatic scenery, colourful markets and plenty of towering volcanic peaks. The Amazon Basin is a just a 30 minute flight from Quito. Leave the mountains in the morning and find yourself in lush tropical rainforest by lunch time.

The Galapagos Islands are only two hours away (by plane) from the mainland and are one of the world’s most amazing wildlife destinations. The islands are a superlative destination for photographers, with fearless birds and animals allowing for incredible portraits. And what’s more, there is never a bad time to travel to the islands because every season offers different wildlife events and experiences.  It’s a truly magical place.

Ecuador’s cloud forest is just an hour’s drive from Quito and is a birdwatchers paradise. The region contains an incredible number of endemic species found nowhere else. Rise early to enjoy the cacophony of the rainforest at dawn. And then, trek through verdant green forest, splash through pure mountain streams and swim under pristine waterfalls. This is the perfect antidote to busy, modern life.

When to go to Ecuador?

– April to November is the dry season in Ecuador’s highlands and the best time for travelling along the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
– The Galapagos Islands can be visited all year round. December to June is warm and humid, while July to November is cooler with fresher winds.
– The driest period in Ecuador’s Amazon begins in December and ends around February. While the wettest months tend to be May and June.  But of course this is the rainforest and rainfall is typical all year round.

Our Experts Choice:

– Embrace slow travel and enjoy the wonders of Ecuador’s natural beauty on foot. We have a range of walking tours to help you get away from it all and discover this beautiful country at your own pace.
– An overnight stay in a converted historical hacienda. This is the ultimate way to experience the country’s sublime landscapes in style.
– Enjoy the laid-back small-town atmosphere of UNESCO Heritage-listed Cuenca, with cobblestone streets, graceful balconies and religious art treasures.

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Elite - Sample

Elite - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Galapagos Island Hopping - Sample

Galapagos Island Hopping - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

4 days

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Deluxe Galapagos Island Hopping

Deluxe Galapagos Island Hopping

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

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Sea Star Journey - Sample

Sea Star Journey - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Grace - Sample

Grace - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

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Petrel - Sample

Petrel - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Origin & Theory - Sample

Origin & Theory - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

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Letty - Sample

Letty - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

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La Pinta - Sample

La Pinta - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

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Santa Cruz II - Sample

Santa Cruz II - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

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Isabela II - Sample

Isabela II - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

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Grand Majestic - Sample

Grand Majestic - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

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Corals I & II - Sample

Corals I & II - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Ocean Spray -Sample

Ocean Spray -Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Evolution - Sample

Evolution - Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

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Manatee Amazon Explorer -Sample

Manatee Amazon Explorer -Sample

Ecuador, Amazon

5 days

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Anakonda -Sample

Anakonda -Sample

Amazon, Ecuador

5 days

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The Highlands of Ecuador

The Highlands of Ecuador

Ecuador

10 days

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South American Explorer

South American Explorer

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina

37 days

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Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge

Ecuador

3 days

Stays of Distinction

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Galapagos Legend -Sample

Galapagos Legend -Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Ecuador Natural Selection

Ecuador Natural Selection

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

11 days

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The Avenue of Volcanoes

The Avenue of Volcanoes

Ecuador

5 days

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Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge

Amazon, Ecuador

4 days

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Finch Bay Eco Hotel (Mon-Fri)

Finch Bay Eco Hotel (Mon-Fri)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Stays of Distinction

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Galapagos Loop (Sun-Fri)

Galapagos Loop (Sun-Fri)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

6 days

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Galapagos Wildlife Discovery

Galapagos Wildlife Discovery

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

5 days

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Galapagos Sport Adventure

Galapagos Sport Adventure

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

7 days

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Galapagos Journey

Galapagos Journey

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

7 days

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La Selva Jungle Lodge

La Selva Jungle Lodge

Amazon, Ecuador

4 days

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Scalesia Lodge: Amazing Isabela

Scalesia Lodge: Amazing Isabela

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Stays of Distinction

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Classic Ecuador

Classic Ecuador

Ecuador

10 days

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Galapagos Island Hopping

Galapagos Island Hopping

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

8 days

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Pikaia Lodge

Pikaia Lodge

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

4 days

Stays of Distinction

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Galapagos Classic Safari Camp

Galapagos Classic Safari Camp

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Stays of Distinction

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Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge

Amazon, Ecuador

5 days

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Santa Cruz Galapagos Island (Thu to Mon)

Santa Cruz Galapagos Island (Thu to Mon)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

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Napo Wildlife Centre Lodge

Napo Wildlife Centre Lodge

Amazon, Ecuador

4 days

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