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If you are up for a larger than life experience consider the country of Ecuador. Despite its small size, Ecuador offers much more than one might ever imagine. The diverse landscape includes the Galapagos Islands; nearly 1400 miles of Pacific coastline, grasslands, volcanic mountains and the Amazon Rainforest and jungle. Considered a multicultural wonder, it is home to 44 different indigenous and ethnic groups whose culture and history contribute to the wide variety of delicious cuisine, all adding up to one big adventure for you!

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Middle of the World Monument:

Straddle both hemispheres at Latitude 0° 0' 0" at the monument commemorating the 18th century French Geodesic Mission which charted the equator and measured the shape of the earth. The original monument, which has since been replaced, was built to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival in Ecuador.

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Galapagos Islands (variation of wildlife):

This volcanic island chain located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador is home to wildlife species that are not found anywhere else in the world. Get up close to some of the world's rarest animals including giant tortoises, flightless cormorants, the blue-footed boobies and the Galapagos penguins. This penguin species is the only kind found in the northern hemisphere.

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The lively capital of Ecuador, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is most famous for its historic center’s colonial architecture, the most impressive in South America. Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city, it has remained nearly untouched despite a major earthquake. You’ll find many noteworthy historic sites including Santo Domingo, Jesuit College of La Compania, and the monasteries of San Francisco.

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Pululahua Volcanic Crater:

The lush Pululahua Volcano crater is one of the largest and most fertile in the world. It is also one of the world’s only inhabited calderas. First settled by the Inca people because of its rich soil, it is now filled with small farming communities that grow a variety of crops that flourish here. In the center of the crater rises a lava dome where a lush cloud forest thrives. This is where the volcano got its name – Pululahua means "smoke of water" in the indigenous language, Quichua.

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Middle of the World Museum:

Discover the history of the Incas of Ecuador and how they developed their calendar based on the sun’s rotation. You’ll also learn about the effects of gravity at the equator. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to balance an egg on the head of a nail, and witness how water funnels down a drain at the equator.

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Galapagos Islands (cruise):

Enjoy a five-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with a naturalist guide who will introduce you to all the natural wonders of these islands. Surround yourself in nature as you explore the many islands. Then relax onboard by the pool or partake in the activities available to you on your way to the next adventure.

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Charles Darwin Research Center:

This non-profit organization, named in honor of the great scientist who studied the Galapagos, works to conserve its natural treasures. The program originated in 1959 and has since made major contributions to conservation at the local, national and international levels. The organization trains the local residents in science so they can do their part in conserving the islands and the country.

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Quito Presidential Palace

In the historic center of Quito sits its presidential palace. Built in the early 1800s, the Palace, called Palacio de Carondelet, was named to honor its President Francisco de Carondelet. The palace is a blend of French Renaissance and Spanish Baroque styles with a pristine white façade and a pretty courtyard with a fountain as its centerpiece.

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Ecuador is named for the equator, which runs through the country. This brings you closer to the sun, so be sure to pack your sunblock and sunglasses to get the most out of your experience.

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The rich soil and proximity to the equator give Ecuador the perfect conditions to grow Arriba beans (cacao). These conditions produce a deeper more refined chocolate that chocolate aficionados can’t get enough of.

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One of the best things about the Galapagos is its diversity; everyone’s experience is different. The weather can change in a moment and you never know what you will see. This natural wonder is just that – nature – and there’s no such thing as seeing it all.

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When it comes to  Latin America tours , Ecuador is tough to beat, thanks to its diverse landscapes and ecosystems, as well as its rich cultural heritage. Here are a few tips for travelers looking for unique things to do on our Ecuador tours.

  • Take in bird’s-eye views.  One of Quito’s best lookout points is the top of El Panecillo, a 656-foot-high hill that’s home to a towering aluminum statue of the winged Virgin of Quito.
  • Go shopping in Otavalo.  This town in the Andes Mountains is beloved by travelers for its eponymous market. Hop between stalls to shop for indigenous crafts, and watch a local weaving demonstration.
  • Stand on the equator.  Located at Mitad Del Mundo (translation: middle of the world), roughly 30 miles north of Quito, the Quitsato Sundial sits on the equator and is a fun stop for demonstrations of equatorial effects.

For more to do, and for ways to spend free time on our Ecuador trips, check out our  Ecuador Travel Guide .

Peak travel seasons in Ecuador are largely determined by which holidays are happening around the country. Vibrant fiestas celebrate everything from agriculture to religion to indigenous culture. Here’s a season-by-season breakdown of the best times to visit Ecuador.

  • Spring.  Visit just before Lent to experience Carnival, one of the country’s most boisterous fiestas. During Holy Week (it typically falls in March or April), many locals head to the beach and merchants close up shop, but religious parades that take place across the country then are more than worth seeing.
  • Summer.  If your sights are set on the Sierra, this is a good time to visit, as June through September are the region’s warmest, driest months. On July 24, Ecuadorians across the country celebrate the birthday of revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, who was known as “El Libertador,” or The Liberator. The following day, July 25, residents of  Guayaquil  celebrate the anniversary of their city’s founding.
  • Fall.  Early November brings with it a few festive holidays, including All Souls Day (it falls on November 2 and is also known as the Day of the Dead). Every November 3 in Cuenca, locals celebrate the city’s independence with festivities all around the city.
  • Winter.  Quito was founded on December 6, and the anniversary is feted across the capital city with parades, dances, sports, and other lively events. This time of year is ideal for a  tropical escape to the Galápagos  thanks to the warm temps, calm seas, and occasional rain showers that last through May.

The Galápagos Islands.** Many Ecuador tour packages, like our Ecuador & Galápagos Islands Cruise, include a visit to this volcanic island chain in the Pacific Ocean, and for good reason. Best known as the site that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the islands—located roughly 600 miles off Ecuador’s coast—are among the best places in the world for wildlife viewing. Marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies are among the  nine animals you’ll only find in the Galápagos .

  • Quito.  Set high in the Andes mountains, Ecuador’s capital city is the largest historic center in South America. It’s home to several eye-popping architectural sites, including the neo-Gothic Basilica of the National Vow, the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco, and the Baroque La Compañía church, which has a dazzling gold-leaf interior.
  • Cuenca.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city is packed with architectural gems, among them the Old Cathedral of Cuenca. Another reason the city is popular among travelers on Ecuador tours: shopping for ceramics, textiles, and other locally made handicrafts.
  • Guayaquil.  Natural charm, an appealing metropolitan vibe, and a strong footing in tradition are among the reasons many explorers on Ecuador tours love to discover Guayaquil. The historic port is known as the “Pacific Pearl,”  and its hard-won independence is woven into the fabric of many famous landmarks. 
  • Cotopaxi National Park.  Adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts love this national park for its wildlife watching and stunning views of the massive, and still-active, Cotopaxi volcano.

Seasons in Ecuador are typically characterized by how wet or dry—not how warm or cool—they are. Of course, the weather (and your packing needs) will vary depending on what part of the country you visit, but these items will come in handy on all trips to Ecuador.

  • Light, waterproof clothing.  Parts of Ecuador (coastal areas and the Amazon) and certain months (October through May) can be wetter than others. Water-resistant clothing and accessories will keep you cozy and dry.
  • Comfy, sturdy shoes.  Whether you’re logging thousands of steps in a city like Quito or navigating rocky surfaces in the Galápagos, lace up a pair of well-cushioned shoes with a durable sole to keep your feet in tip-top shape.

Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen.  Sunlight in Ecuador can be strong. Protect your eyes with a pair of shades (polarized if possible), your head with a full-coverage hat, and skin with plenty of SPF.

For more Ecuador packing tips, check out our  Ecuador Travel Guide .

Here are a few dishes that foodies on tours to Ecuador won’t want to miss.

  • Ceviche.  This refreshing, zingy dish is made by marinating, or “cooking,” raw fish and seafood in citrus juice—typically lime—and mixing in chopped fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies (think cilantro, mango, red onion, and tomatoes). It’s served cold and often topped with crunchy accoutrements like fried plantains or corn kernels.
  • Chocolate.  Many chocolate enthusiasts agree that Ecuador produces some of the highest quality stuff on the planet. And with many makers using cacao beans grown in the Ecuadorian Amazon, it’s no wonder. Find chocolate bars everywhere—grocery stores, artisanal shops—that are pure and plain or packed with bits of sea salt, lemongrass, Andean blueberries, and other ingredients.
  • Encebollado.  You don’t have to have a hangover to enjoy this Ecuadorian specialty that’s said to cure one. Often served in the morning or for brunch, this soup typically contains tuna, yuca, onions, and cilantro and is finished with a squeeze of lime juice, ketchup, or mustard. Take a cue from locals and stir in some crushed chifles, or plantain chips, to give it a comforting, stew-like texture.
  • Fried plantains.  This starchy, banana-like fruit is abundant in Ecuador and is served fried as both a street food snack and a restaurant side dish. Ripe yellow ones (maduros) are soft and sweet, while fried green plantains (patacones or tostones) stay crisp and are sprinkled with salt or dipped in ketchup or mayo.
  • Viche de pescado.  Not to be confused with ceviche, this comforting coastal dish (it’s also sometimes called biche) is a hearty fish soup made with a peanut broth, yuca, plantains, cilantro, onions, garlic, veggies, and, sometimes, beans.

Depending on where you go when you visit Ecuador, you might find yourself in high elevations, which can mean experiencing altitude sickness. Acclimate as best you can before setting off on high-altitude adventures. Another thing travelers should know before setting out on their guided tours to Ecuador is that it’s best to stick to bottled water. You might spot locals drinking tap water in restaurants, but resist the temptation to try it yourself.

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1. Private and Personalized City Tour of Quito Teleferico and Middle of the World

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2. Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour

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3. Day Tour to Isabela Island with Tintorera Islet, Snorkeling Wetlands & Flamingos

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4. Baños Full Day Tour from Quito Including Entrances and Activities

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5. Cotopaxi Full-Day from Quito Including Entrances

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6. Gastronomic and Cultural Walking Tour of Quito with Tastings

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7. Cooking Class in Quito with Chef, Market Tour and Transportation

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8. Day Tour to Santa Fe Island and Hidden Beach with snorkeling and fishing

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9. Otavalo and its surroundings by bike

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10. Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour From Quito Hiking, Birding, Waterfalls

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11. Day tour to Pinzón Island and La Fé/Palmitas Bay with snorkeling and fishing

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12. Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off

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13. Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

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14. Baños and Upper Amazon Day Trip

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15. Day Trip to Bartolome Island from Puerto Ayora

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16. Cable Car and Quito Private City Tour

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17. Full Day Private Cotopaxi Volcano Hike With Horse Riding Tour

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18. Antisana and Condors Watching Day Trip

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19. Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with Entrances

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20. Mindo cloud-forest full day with birding, waterfalls, zip-line, chocolate

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21. Full day tour spotting condors at antisana all included

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22. Snorkeling in Cabo Rosa Tunnels Isabela Island

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23. Quilotoa Full Day Tour - All included with Quito pick up & drop off

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24. Full Day Tour Pinzon Island + La Fe/Las Palmas - Snorkeling & Fishing

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25. Day Tour to Floreana Island with Snorkeling and Fishing

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26. Visit the Ecuadorian Amazon

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27. Discover all Quito; Old town + Mitad del Mundo + Teleférico

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28. Full-day Adventure Tour at Kicker Rock (León Dormido)

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30. Quito Half-Day Tour: Equator Line and Pululahua Crater, All Entrances Included

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Compact and diverse, Ecuador is like a tasting menu for South America. There are Andean mountains, complete with glacial volcanoes. At Otavalo, site of the largest market in South America, Ecuador's numerous Indigenous groups come to barter for both crafts and staples. There are Amazonian jungles and charming colonial cities, like cobblestoned Cuenca. Best of all, all these flavours are packed together, so you can be in the jungle in the morning and at the foot of a glacier by the evening. Ecuador also has one gem found nowhere else: the pristine and fragile Galápagos Islands, made famous through the writings of Charles Darwin.

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Ecuador tours transport you to one of the most environmentally diverse countries . Amazon rainforest and snow-covered Andean peaks are crammed into its comparably small area, but that’s not all. 

Exoticca provides all-inclusive packages that take care of your trip to Ecuador from the US. It leaves you free to pack and dream about all the fascinating landmarks you’ll visit. 

Most tour packages include flights, hotels, tours, and transfers . It allows you to enjoy your unique middle-earth experience. All come with included insurance to guarantee your peace of mind. 

Trips to Ecuador from the USA

If you need a break, why not book and embark on one of our matchless Ecuador tours? Exoticca has a variety of carefully tailored schedules to suit your preferences , providing a complete experience of this diverse nation. All our packages originate and conclude in the United States.

Many include visits to the awe-inspiring Galapagos islands . While it’s an obvious drawcard, you miss out on the mainland to your detriment. 

The capital Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage city with beautifully restored examples of colonial architecture. The second-highest capital sits high in the Andes, surrounded by volcanoes and snowy peaks. It’s an integral part of an Ecuador trip.

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Our Ecuador vacation packages are all-inclusive, with several travel itineraries that combine captivating and educational experiences . With various options to choose from, there’s sure to be something that suits your preferences.

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers At Exoticca, we understand that the hassle of organizing breaks can prove stressful, so why not let us take the lead ? 

We have decades of firsthand experience and know the best attractions and places to see . Our Ecuador tour packages are informative and entertaining, balancing fun and fantastic. 

We sort out all your requirements so you can concentrate on making the most of your dream vacation. Our inclusive packages cover flights, hotels, tours, and transfers, so you can rely on us from the beginning of your trip to the end .

Ecuador trips partially or fully guided Our Ecuador vacation packages include experienced and knowledgeable guides to explain procedures, activities, times, or terms . As locals, the guides are there to show you the best that Ecuador has to offer and help you get the most from your trip. 

Most of our Ecuador tours have full-time guides, but you could also choose a partially guided option. It allows you to maintain independence and include a little flexibility in your itinerary. We provide an in-depth schedule with details that give you time to yourself.

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Our travel experts have curated vacations to many exotic destinations and select iconic sights and “must-see” attractions , combining them in a full schedule. 

We check into the same hotels to appraise accommodations, cuisine, and service. We provide a complete travel experience , so we cram many awesome activities into our tours. Don’t worry, though, because we leave plenty of room for R&R too.

Top points of interest in Ecuador

One of the smallest on the continent, this country punches well above its weight. It includes a few bonafide superstar attractions that pack our Ecuador tours with bucket-list items.  

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Ecuador got its name from its geographic location in the middle of the earth or on the equator. Our Ecuador tours ferry you 19 miles north of the capital to the Middle of the World Monument. It allows visitors to put a foot in the northern and southern hemispheres . 

Modern technology has shown the actual equator is a couple of hundred yards north, where the Intiñan Solar museum now stands. You can perform a few equator-related science experiments and enjoy the interactive exhibits .

Most Ecuador adventure tours feature the second-highest capital city at 9,350ft. The fascinating city of Quito lies on the slopes of a looming volcano called Pichincha to the west. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it remains the center of culture, economy, and political affairs .

The closest capital city to the world’s middle, the views are breathtaking, but so is the altitude. Its foundation dates to the conquistadors and it’s the longest continually-inhabited city in South America.

The city is located in north-central Ecuador in the Andean highlands. Quito’s historic old Spanish colonial center is intact and has a distinct atmosphere, befitting the oldest capital city on the continent.

On our tours of Ecuador, note the skyline dotted with church steeples and spires. Quaint squares, cool parks, a botanical garden, and 16th and 17th century architecture punctuate the landscape.

Located in the south at about 8,400 ft above sea level, it’s the provincial capital and a UNESCO World Heritage city . It’s the third-largest city and the financial hub of the southern highlands.

The city of 330,000 inhabitants sits amongst the Andes with beautiful and well-maintained colonial architecture . Learn more about the people, history, and culture at the impressive Pumapungo Museum, or get yourself a Panama hat from one of the vendors.

On our trips to Ecuador, you could stroll along the Tomebamba riverfront or visit the central plaza in Parque Calderon. Compare the blue-domed Catedral Nueva with its 16th-century predecessor, now a religious museum. 

Take a day trip to El Cajas National Park , where hikers enjoy the evergreen cloud forests. Walk around the dotted lakes and spot condors, alpacas, spectacled bears, or even hummingbirds. This gem is one of the country’s little-known treats . 

Join an Ecuador tour to learn about this city in the South, gateway to the Pacific coast and the Galapagos islands. The most significant metropolis in the country with over 2.7 million inhabitants , it lines the Guayas river and doubles as the main port.

The Malecón 2000 promenade offers a lively, well-patrolled boardwalk. It has views of some of the most iconic landmarks , including the La Rotonda monument. It celebrates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and San Martin, leading to the emancipation of South America from Spain.

Tours in Ecuador explore the large city nicknamed the “ Pearl of the Pacific .” It’s bustling with commerce, culture, architecture, and delicious cuisine. Climb colorful Santa Anna Hill, or explore downtown highlights like the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Municipal Palace. 

Learn more about the city in the Parque Histórico de Guayaquil , which offers different sectors covering wildlife, urban, and traditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to tour Ecuador?

It all depends on what you prefer. June through September are dry and warm, meaning clear views of the stunning mountain and volcano vistas. October through May are wet months with cloudy conditions and fewer crowds.

Is an Ecuador tour worth the effort?

Sure! Ecuador trips are some of the most popular among tourists. The incredible Amazon jungle, the soaring Andes, and the remarkable Galapagos islands make three legitimate international top 10 attractions.

How many days is enough to see Ecuador?

The best Ecuador tours need two weeks to shine light on the incredible variation, covering five days in the highlands, three in the jungle, and six on the islands. 

Is Ecuador affordable to tour?

Ecuador tours are less expensive than most destinations. The cost of living in Ecuador is about half that in the USA, but it’s hardly a budget destination. Accommodation takes up a chunk of your travel budget while food and transport are relatively low. 

What are the main things to do on Ecuador trips?

Spend time checking off a few unique species in the Galapagos, or visit El Coca to launch into the mighty Amazon. You could climb the Cotopaxi volcano or check out Quito's old town in this varied country.

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Situated on the  equator  in  South America, Ecuador  is known for its tropical rainforests, indigenous culture and it’s the mystical  Galápagos Islands , an isolated volcanic archipelago home to more endemic species than anywhere on earth, and where the giant tortoises live.  Charles Darwin’s  playground, the  Galapagos  have put  Ecuador  on the map as a bucket list destination; a  trip to Ecuador  now tops the lists of most intrepid travelers searching for an adventure tour. On the mainland, you can expect to find charming quintessential colonial architecture, Andean villages and remote Amazonian settlements, where the rainforest is at the heart of local life. 

Choose a  holiday to Ecuador  and you can quench both your thirst for adventure and your desire to unwind; go bird-watching in the  Mindo Cloudforest  or kick-back in a tranquil hilltop village where gracefully restored  haciendas  provide a sublime setting to relax in. The capital city,  Quito,  the second-highest capital city in the world after  La Paz,  is the starting point for most adventures, either into the highlands or out into the  Pacific coast  for a  Galapagos  discovery, although the largest city is  Guayaquil , situated at the mouth of the  River Guayas.   Ecuador  borders it’s larger neighbors of  Peru , to the south ,  and  Colombia  to the north. A non-negotiable stop on any  South American   tour ,  an  Ecuador tour package  is the perfect way to discover the unbeatable biodiversity, stunning natural landscapes and colorful culture of a country famed as the first in the world to recognize the ‘rights of nature’!

History of Ecuador

Ecuador  is known for its  Incan  heritage and many visit the country to uncover legacy and ruins of this once mighty empire, such as the walls of  Ingapirca , a captivating highlight on a  tour of Ecuador.  Despite the fame of the  Incas , other civilizations have left their own influence on modern  Ecuador . A variety of  Amerindian  groups were incorporated into the huge, territory-spanning  Inca Empire  in the  15th-century , but the following century marked the beginning of the  Spanish  colonization of  Ecuador  and the consequential collapse of the mighty  Incas.  Native communities were forced into the labor system and  Quito  was appointment as an important administrative center for the  Spanish Empire . A huge earthquake in  1797  devastated the city of  Riobamba  and its surroundings, resulting in tens of thousands of casualties and dubbed the most powerful historical event ever known in  Ecuador’s  history. In the  19th-century, Ecuador  set the trend for independence in  South America , beginning its struggle in  1820  and finally unifying with the  Republic of Gran Colombia  in  1822,  which was led by the liberator,  Simon Bolivar.   Ecuador  later broke from the republic, becoming its own independent republic in  1830.  

On a  holiday to Ecuador , you’ll notice the diversity of local culture and people, evidence of the complex history which built the country into what it is today. More recent history has been dominated by on-going disputes and conflicts over the  Amazon Basin  with neighboring  Peru,  a struggle which lasted over  100 years  until the signing of a peace treaty in  1998.  A brief  military junta  in the  70s  was followed by the return of democracy in the  80s , with modern  Ecuador  famed for its dedication to wildlife preservation and the protection of the natural environment.

Nature in Ecuador

One of the world’s most biodiverse and species-rich destinations, an  Ecuador holiday  is a dream-come-true for nature lovers. Famously home to the iconic  Galapagos Islands , which attract travelers from across the globe, the  Amazon rainforest  and the  Andes  also offer excellent opportunities to get in touch with nature. Due to its location on the  equator,  there are roughly  12 hours  of sunlight a day throughout the year, with the sun setting at  6 p.m.  and rising again at  6 a.m. , making any time of year the perfect time to embark on a  tour of Ecuador.  

You can even stand with one foot in each hemisphere at the  Middle of the Earth Monument , just outside of the colonial city of  Quito.  Aside from the fascinating  Galapagos , there’s plenty of other natural attractions to whet your appetite for nature.  Cotopaxi National Park , home to the volcano of the same name, the highest active volcano in the world, is filled with fantastic hiking trails and is the perfect destination for exhilarating mountain biking or tranquil horseriding. If you’re looking for something a little more tropical, then the village of  Mindo , nestled in the slopes of the  Andes , is a natural paradise of  cloud forests , waterfalls, butterflies and tropical birds; in fact, it's a bird-watching haven which attracts bird-watchers from across the world! 

Finally,  Cuicocha Lake  is another unmissable natural attraction to discover on a  trip to Ecuador . This ancient crater lake, close to  Otavalo , is filled with bright blue water and dotted with tiny little islands. It was formed over  3000 years ago  by a huge volcanic eruption.

Culture in Ecuador

As diverse as its natural attractions,  Ecuador’s  culture is a fusion of numerous different influences, cultivated by the communities that have settled on its beautiful lands over the centuries.  Spanish  is the official language although  Quechua , known as the ‘living language of the  Incas ’ is widely spoken, particularly in the highlands. Much of the population belong to the  Roman Catholic  church, a remnant of the  Spanish  colonialists who arrived in the  16th-century.  

Although  Latin  culture is predominant, as seen in the music, architecture, and cuisine of  Ecuador , there exist countless remote communities of indigenous peoples, particularly in the wilds of the  Amazon Basin.  Many of these communities practice their own native cultures, such as the  Huaorani  people, who have almost entirely rejected contact with the outside world and, instead, move deeper into the rainforest in a hope to preserve their ways of life. 

Communities like these posses traditional  animistic  worldviews and tend to hunt and gather in order to sustain themselves. If you have the opportunity to explore the  Amazon jungle  on an  Ecuador travel  you may have the chance to get close to and learn about these distinct and unique cultures. 

What could be more exotic than visit  Ecuador?  An exciting and diverse travel destination, a  holiday to Ecuador  is unique in so many ways. From the vast endemic species of the iconic  Galapagos Islands  to the rich tapestry of local culture and the landscapes of towering volcanoes and tropical rainforests, it’s a bucket-list-worthy destination for any intrepid traveler. 

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Cotopaxi Volcano at dusk, with snow on top, on a clear day, near the city of Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador might be smaller than its heavyweight South American neighbours, but it has no shortage of natural wonders.

Blessed with a bonanza of perfect beaches and the wildlife haven of the  Galapagos Islands , Ecuador’s wealth of natural riches creates a one-stop shop for incredible experiences. Whether it’s spotting hummingbirds in the Amazon rainforest , seeing a condor swoop through the Andes or getting an up-close view of marine life along the coast – Ecuador is unrivalled in serving up South America ’s best. 

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Culture and customs.

About 65 per cent of Ecuadorians have a mixed European background and 25 per cent are indigenous (there are more than a dozen distinct groups). The rest of the population is predominantly from either Spanish or African descent. It’s a small country, but food, dress, dialects and customs can vary throughout.

Ecuador’s two largest cities – Quito and Guayaquil – split most of the population into mountain living and coastal living. People from the coast (Guayaquil) call mountain people (Quito) conservative, whereas mountain people have been known to argue that those from the coast are uncultured. While usually contained to light banter, this rivalry sometimes creates tension between the two cities.

Eating and drinking

Ecuadorian cuisine is largely shaped by its abundant fresh produce. Seafood and plantain dominate the coast, with dietary staples including ceviche, tropical fish (particularly corvina or sea bass) and seafood soups such as encebollado.

Creamy coconut milk is commonly used to create flavourful sauces. Look for the word ‘encocado’ on menus – it means the dish is served in a coconut sauce. 

Foods to try in Ecuador

1. locro de papa.

A classic Ecuadorian potato and corn soup, usually served with cheese, corn and avocado.  

2. Encebollado

Usually made with albacore tuna, encebollado is a pickled onion fish soup. Ecuadorians swear this soup is the ultimate hangover food.

There are many variations of this dish, but just about all of them use seafood as its core ingredient, such as fish, shrimp, octopus, squid, crab, clams or lobster. It’s diced and then marinated in various ways for flavour. 

4. Ceviche de chocos

Vegetarians don’t need to feel left out while everyone is feasting on all the ceviche – ceviche de chochos is a vegetarian alternative. An indigenous bean called chocho is combined with onions, tomatoes, cilantro (coriander), limes, oranges and tomato sauce, then topped with maiz tostado (toasted corn nut), chifles (plantain chips), avocado and hot sauce.

Geography and environment

Tucked away on the continent’s Pacific coastline, Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America . Bordering Colombia in the north and Peru in the south, Ecuador contains its own segments of some of South America’s most famous landmarks, including the Amazon rainforest and the Andes.

Like many other South American countries, Ecuador’s coastline boasts a large number of pristine beaches. Mantra, Crucita, Canoa and Montanita are among the famous spots, however there are many other national parks and small coastal towns that offer their own variations of beachside bliss.

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, is located in the north of the country and is renowned for its colonial architecture. To the west of the city is Pichincha, one of Ecuador’s many spectacular volcanoes.

Adding to Ecuador’s list of natural wonders are the incredible Galapagos Islands, which lie about 1000 km west of the mainland. These volcanic islands are famed for their association with botanist Charles Darwin, who spent considerable time studying their incredible biodiversity.

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1. volcanoes.

Ecuador is a climbing and mountaineering paradise, with some of the grandest (and most active) volcanoes in the world. Just south of Quito lies the ‘Avenue of Volcanos’, which includes the country's highest peak, and no less than nine awe-inspiring volcanos.

Ecuador is a beach lover’s haven, with a well-earned reputation for supplying some of the most gorgeous spots on South America’s Pacific coast. While there are no shortage of backpacker havens and crowded Ecuadorian holiday spots, those seeking a little more privacy should check out the beautiful Manta and the gorgeous Machalilla National Park.

3. The Andes

Hard to ignore, the Andes form Ecuador’s rocky spine and are home to breathtaking tropical valleys, snow-capped peaks and fresh mountain lakes. A welcome escape from Ecuador’s hot summers, the Andes offer an unforgettable array of high-altitude adventures.

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4. The Amazon

Rich in colour and natural diversity, Ecuador is blessed with a sizeable portion of the famous Amazon rainforest. Lying to the west of the Andes, this incredible jungle is home to some of the world’s most fascinating and unique species, as well as being an ideal place to enjoy activities such as canoeing, trekking and bird watching.

5. Galapagos Islands

Journey to a lost world and discover a wildlife sanctuary that continues to inspire visitors and scientists alike. Relatively untouched by human life, the Galapagos is an ecological Disneyland, the jewel in Ecuador’s already glistening crown.

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If you're looking for gifts to take home after your trip, you'll find plenty of local markets throughout the country. Here are a few top shopping spots to buy local goods and souvenirs in Ecuador.

In Quito, the Olga Fisch Gallery is an excellent place to shop clothing, ceramics, paintings and other creations by Ecuador’s best artisans and craftspeople. Be aware that the gallery focuses on high-end products and the price tags reflect the quality.

Otavalo Market in the city of Otavalo – the largest and most famous market in South America – is the best place in the country to shop for handmade artisan goods including alpaca sweaters, textiles, ceramics, leather products, jewellery and woodcarvings.

Known locally as Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo Market has been around for hundreds of years, predating Incan times. Vendors sell their wares seven days a week, though Saturdays and Wednesdays are the best days to go when more vendors are set up. Like most markets in Latin America, bargaining is accepted.

Despite popular opinion, Panama hats are not from Panama, they are an Ecuadorian creation. Originally woven using local straw along the coast, these days they’re mostly made in Cuenca.

The city’s hat factories offer an interesting glimpse into the production of this UNESCO-listed craft. Make sure to shop around if you are in the market to purchase your own Panama hat as price and quality vary greatly (between USD 10 and USD 250).

Cuenca is also famed for its ceramics. Artesa and E. Vega Galeria – the workshop of Ecuador’s most famous artist, Eduardo Vega – are two notable places to shop for quality ceramics.

Festivals and events

Ecuador has a busy festival calendar. Here are some of the country's most popular events:

1. Carnival

While many associate colourful costumes and giant floats with Carnival, celebrations in Ecuador are a bit different. Here, the week before Lent (usually in February) is marked with boisterous water/food fights.

Friends and strangers alike can expect to be doused in all kinds of things including flour, water balloons and eggs. If this sort of play sounds more annoying than fun, head to Ambato, where flour is replaced with flowers.

2. Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun)

Commemorating the June solstice and harvest, this festival is celebrated by indigenous communities across South America. The main event in Ecuador takes place in Otavalo, where barbeques, bonfires, traditional dances and parades go on for a week.

3. Mama Negra

The most important event on the Latacunga calendar features a parade of characters in flamboyant costumes, dancing, drinking and general revelry. Honouring both the Virgen de las Mercedes and the 19th century liberation of African slaves, it’s so important it happens twice – once in September and then again in November.

4. Cuenca Independence Day

Celebrations fill every corner of the city each November as Cuenca commemorates its independence from Spain. Overlapping with the annual Day of the Dead festival, streets fill with people taking in parades, dances, and sporting events; crafts fairs are held across the city; and food vendors set up at cemeteries while families visit the graves of loved ones.

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Ecuador travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

Most travellers do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. This includes visitors from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland and most other Western European countries. Visa-exempt travellers will receive an entry stamp valid for 90 days on arrival.

Some travellers will need to apply for a visa prior to departure including citizens from Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Please contact your nearest Ecuadorian embassy for more information.

In any case, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Argentina.

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 08/12/2023

When is the best time to visit Ecuador?

There are two seasons in Ecuador, wet and dry, and they vary depending on the region. For the most part, Ecuador is a sunny, warm country, and even the wet season will bring its fair share of sunny days.

The best time to visit is largely dependent on your itinerary, although it should be noted that the Christmas period (December to January) is often the busiest, so be prepared for large crowds.

In the Amazon, August and December through March are the driest seasons and April to June are the wettest. In the highlands, the dry season is from June to September as well as December. The Galapagos and coastal regions are mainly influenced by ocean currents.

The hot and rainy season runs from January to April. It doesn't rain much, but you can expect some downpours at times. From May to December, it can be a bit cooler with more overcast days.

The high seasons in the Galapagos (June through August, December and January) are generally determined by holiday trends and not by weather conditions

Is tipping customary in Ecuador?

While tipping isn’t mandatory, tips are very much appreciated by service workers and guides. Leaving a 10% tip is customary in restaurants. Some automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill, in which case an extra tip isn’t required.

What is the internet access like in Ecuador?

Internet can be accessed at internet cafes and hotels in large cities and towns but is limited in rural and remote areas.

Can I use my mobile phone while in Ecuador?

Mobile phone coverage is good in Ecuador’s cities, but may not be available in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

What are the toilets like in Ecuador?

Ecuador has a mix of Western-style flushable toilets and squat toilets. Either way, always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser, as these are not always provided. You’ll notice that most flushable toilets have a wastebasket next to them. This is because toilets in Ecuador can’t handle toilet paper and will overflow if you try to flush it. Instead, always put used toilet paper in these baskets. 

What will it cost for a...?

Ecuador's unit of currency is the US Dollar (USD). Here's what you can expect to pay for a:

  • Short city bus ride = USD 0.50
  • Juice = USD 2
  • Coffee = USD 2
  • Beer = USD 3-5
  • Street food snack = USD 1.50
  • Simple lunch = USD 3-5
  • Sit down dinner at a local restaurant = USD 10-25

Can I drink the water in Ecuador?

Travellers should avoid drinking tap water in Ecuador. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this. Remember to peel fruit and vegetables before eating and avoid ice in drinks.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Ecuador?

Credit cards are usually accepted by hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors and family-run restaurants and market stalls. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

What is ATM access like in Ecuador?

ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren't always available.

Do I need travel insurance before travelling in Ecuador?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.  For more information on insurance, please go to:  Travel Insurance

What public holidays are celebrated in Ecuador?

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • March/April: Good Friday*
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 24 May: Battle of Pichincha
  • 10 Aug: Independence Day
  • 9 Oct: Guayaquil Independence Day
  • 2 Nov: All Soul’s Day
  • 3 Nov: Cuenca Independence Day
  • 25 Dec: Christmas
  • 31 Dec: New Year's Eve

*Please note these dates vary. See a current list of public holidays in Ecuador .

Will I experience altitude sickness in Ecuador?

Most people can start to feel the effects of altitude at over 2000 m (6561 ft) regardless of age, gender or fitness level. Quito, as well as other tourist spots, sit above this elevation and some travellers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness, including shortness of breath, headache, nausea and loss of appetite. It’s important to take it easy, drink plenty of water and speak to your group leader at once if you feel unwell.

We recommend seeing your doctor if you have any health concerns before undertaking the trip. Particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition or take any medication.

Do I need any vaccinations before visiting Ecuador?

Ecuador requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever. Many South and Central American countries pose a risk (including Argentina, Brazil and Colombia), so if you are planning on visiting other nearby nations before Ecuador you may be required to get this vaccine. 

Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule your vaccination 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective. No other vaccines are required in order to enter Ecuador but some are recommended for protection against disease.

Is Ecuador a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Ecuador is a relatively hassle-free destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers. Same-sex marriage was legalised here in 2019 and LGBT discrimination is illegal. In saying that, conservative attitudes still exist throughout the country and LGBTQIA+ travellers are generally advised to use discretion when it comes to public displays of affection.

In the big cities like Quito and Guayaquil, there are many gay-friendly hotels, bars, clubs and cafes, however, they can be harder to find in smaller cities and towns.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex  or ILGA before you travel.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Does my trip to Ecuador support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Ecuador directly support our foundation partner, Galapagos Conservancy . 

Galapagos Conservancy  

The Galapagos Conservancy protect the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos. Donations from our trips support their Galápagos Conservancy Women in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (WISE) program, providing critical capital for sustainability initiatives and building the entrepreneurial capacity of Galápagos women.

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Have you ever felt like there's a world of adventure out there waiting for you, but you're not quite sure where to start? South America is full of fascinating places—it can feel impossible to choose a country that combines your love for nature, wildlife, history, gastronomy, and architecture into one unforgettable journey.

Ecuador may have eluded your travel radar until now, but it's time for a revelation. Imagine a place where biodiversity meets colonial charm, where you can stroll on cobblestone streets one day and find yourself in a secluded Amazon Jungle lodge the next. The world of Ecuador awaits, and you've been missing out on its breathtaking landscapes.

Allow Quasar—a family-founded Ecuador tour & travel company—to reveal the hidden gems of our homeland. Whether you complement your Galapagos luxury cruise with a seamless Ecuador tour or plan a personalized mainland-only expedition, your adventure with Quasar promises an "aha" moment that's long overdue.

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Ecuador, often whispered as South America's best-kept secret, is where your adventurous spirit meets paradise. Tucked between the equator and the Andes Mountains, this biodiverse country is surprisingly accessible. But what truly sets Ecuador tours apart is how easy it is to personalize your journey to perfection, with local Guides to help you explore your way.

Adventure enthusiast, we see you. We know you’re searching for the next meaningful travel experience that takes you off the beaten path into authentic culture, memorable meals, and rare wildlife. A cookie-cutter trip won’t do.

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Begin your journey in the heart of Quito's historic center, the very first UNESCO World Heritage site. Condé Nast even hails it as "Latin America's Best Preserved Colonial City." On a private luxury tour, stay in authentic Spanish-style colonial hotels nestled amidst the old town's charm. Don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re in Europe—without the jet lag!

Wind your way through cobblestone streets and hilly lanes, passing centuries-old Spanish-style residences adorned with garden courtyards. Marvel at the opulent golden altar of La Compañia Church and savor a chocolate-tasting session featuring the finest cacao in the world. Colonial Quito is the perfect base for other day tours in the region, including Otavalo and the Andes Highlands.


From Colonial Quito, embark on multi-day guided adventures to explore Ecuador's pristine national parks, colonial haciendas, and lush cloud forests like Cotopaxi and the mystical Mashpi.

Ecuador boasts pristine national parks, stunning colonial haciendas, and unspoiled cloud forests. For a taste of Ecuadorian country life, rustic mountain-side Haciendas preserve their essence while providing unique comfort and service. And if you seek unique wildlife encounters in the Central Andes Highlands, our Glamping experiences offer active exploration, gourmet cuisine, and unparalleled immersion in nature's wonders.

Combine an Amazon Adventure with your Galapagos Cruise or Mainland Ecuador tour for the ultimate wildlife safari in the Western Hemisphere. It’s surprisingly easy to journey from the high-elevation Colonial city to a luxury lodge in the Amazon Jungle.

Ecuador's headwaters offer prime habitat, exceptional wildlife viewing, and immersive river cruises in the Amazon basin. Extending your stay in the Amazon is the easiest and most cost-effective way to explore the Earth's largest tropical forest. A quick 30-minute flight from Quito takes you to Coca on the Napo River, followed by a scenic 2-hour motorized launch up the river to your lodge or river cruise. Here, you'll encounter Pygmy Marmosets (the world's smallest monkey species), blue morpho butterflies, and a rich variety of birds, from Toucans to Scarlet Macaws, in one of the planet's last truly wild frontiers.

Most consider Cuenca the country’s most beautiful city, a step back in time reminiscent of Europe! We also call this vibrant urban hub Ecuador’s ‘city of rivers’. Cuenca is made for walking, a city that has preserved its cobblestone streets and whimsical feel. Modern shops and cafés mix with the Spanish-style mansions of old, with a slew of museums, churches, and squares to revel in. It’s the perfect place to pause, breathe, and indulge in fine dining.

For guests who want to avoid elevation in Quito and the Andes, Guayaquil on the Pacific coast is an excellent option. Guayaquil is the perfect place to see the surrounding fantastic haciendas and try the best chocolate in the world. The stunning beaches of Ecuador are yours to explore!

After an unforgettable Galapagos Yacht Safari, don’t forget to sit back and reminisce. The Galapagos Islands are also home to beautiful beaches with soft white sand providing a feeling of paradise that deserves a few extra days to soak up the sun and relax.

For those seeking a luxury island tour, our carefully selected accommodations on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands offer a tranquil haven where you can extend your Galapagos experience. Immerse yourself in the gentle rhythms of island life, take leisurely strolls along pristine shores, or simply savor the feeling of absolute relaxation as you indulge in spa treatments. The magic of Galapagos awaits.

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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling to Mainland Ecuador

1. what is the best time to travel to ecuador.

Ecuador's equatorial location makes it a year-round destination with a remarkably diverse climate. Whether you're drawn to the lush rainforests, the highland cities, or the coastal regions, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the mild weather and low humidity in many parts of the country.

For exploring the Andean highlands and cities like Quito and Cuenca, the dry season from June to September is often considered the ideal time. During this period, you can enjoy crisp, sunny days and cooler evenings, making it perfect for outdoor adventures and city explorations.

For those interested in experiencing an Ecuador Amazon tour, the months from November to February offer fewer rain showers, making it easier to explore the lush jungle and its incredible biodiversity.

Ecuador's diverse climate means there's no wrong time to visit, but your choice should align with your specific interests and activities. Whether you prefer the Andes, the Galapagos, or the Amazon, Ecuador has something extraordinary to offer year-round.


Ecuador is an adventure enthusiast's paradise for several compelling reasons. Its geographical diversity means you can experience high-altitude trekking in the Andean mountains, thrilling jungle expeditions in the Amazon rainforest, and world-class snorkeling and diving in the Galapagos Islands—all within a relatively compact area.

This accessibility allows you to pack a remarkable variety of outdoor activities into a single trip. Additionally, Ecuador offers a perfect blend of cultural immersion and adrenaline-pumping experiences. You can hike ancient Inca trails, raft down exhilarating rivers, mountain bike through scenic landscapes, and witness unique wildlife in their natural habitats. With passionate local guides and diverse ecosystems, Ecuador beckons adventure travelers seeking unforgettable experiences in a setting that's as breathtaking as it is exhilarating.


Traveling to Ecuador from the U.S. or Canada is exceptionally convenient. One of the key factors contributing to this ease is Ecuador's use of the U.S. dollar as its official currency. For American travelers, this eliminates the need for currency exchange and the associated hassles, allowing for a seamless transition.

As far as logistics go, both the U.S. and Canada have well-established flight routes to Ecuador, with major airlines offering direct flights to major cities like Quito and Guayaquil. These flights make access to Ecuador's incredible landscapes, vibrant cities, and diverse cultures remarkably straightforward. Whether you're planning a Galapagos adventure, an exploration of the Andes, or an Amazon rainforest expedition, getting to Ecuador is the first step toward a journey filled with unparalleled experiences. And rest assured: Quasar’s team of destination specialists will seamlessly plan and coordinate every detail, so you can focus on enjoying your time in Ecuador!


Our Mainland Ecuador tour packages offer a treasure trove of wildlife experiences. In the Andean highlands, you can spot Andean condors majestically soaring through the skies. In the mystical Cloud Forests, you might encounter the vibrant plumage of the quetzal or the elusive spectacled bear, the only bear species native to South America. The Amazon rainforest reveals a stunning array of biodiversity, from playful river otters to vibrantly colored macaws. And, on the Pacific coast, humpback whales migrate to Ecuadoran waters, offering thrilling whale-watching opportunities.

Ecuador's mainland boasts over 1,600 bird species, making it one of the world's premier bird watching destinations. With the extraordinary range of ecosystems within Mainland Ecuador, you'll witness the captivating richness of life on Earth.


Adding a Mainland Ecuador tour to your Galapagos luxury cruise is a breeze with Quasar. Our Expedition Designers specialize in crafting personalized journeys to match your unique interests and preferences.

Simply reach out to us, share your travel passions, and leave the rest to us. Whether you're passionate about exploring the Andean highlands, immersing yourself in vibrant indigenous cultures, embarking on thrilling hikes, or indulging in culinary adventures, we'll design a seamless and unforgettable experience that seamlessly complements your Galapagos cruise.

Your journey begins with a complimentary consultation, and from there, we'll curate the perfect adventure, ensuring you get the most out of your Ecuador luxury tour.


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Ecuador Sightseeing Tours

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See ecuador like never before.

Welcome to LIVEcuador! We offer Shared Day Tours in Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Galapagos. You will be able to enjoy the best of Ecuador's culture, natural beauty and history with a local guide who will show you all the best spots. Navigate on craters and see amazing volcanoes. Enjoy patrimonial architecture from different eras and get to know our history through museums and monuments.

Whether you're traveling with your family, single or couples looking for the best tours in Ecuador, we can build the perfect tour for you. With our amazing guides who speak English and Spanish we will take you on an adventure that you will never forget!

So come and contact us today to start planning your Ecuadorian adventure!

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The Best Excursions and Experiences

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Ecuadorian Adventures

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Galapagos Airport Transfer - Hotels (Isla Santa Cruz) to Airport (Baltra)

Enhance your Galapagos vacation with a hotel-airport transfer that includes a stop at the iconic Los Gemelos craters, and discover the natural wonders of the region.

Don't forget to provide your flight details and hotel address.

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Galapagos Airport Transfer - Airport (Baltra) to Hotels (Isla Santa Cruz)

Make the most of your airport transfer in the Galapagos Islands by visiting the lava tunnels, giant turtle reserve, and Charles Darwin scientific station to learn about the region's origin, evolution, and conservation programs.

**Flights arriving after 1PM do not include due to the closing schedules of the activities.

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Cuenca Airport Transfer

We offer efficient and affordable transportation to and from the airport. We pride ourselves on our punctuality and commitment to getting you to your destination on time.

Airport- Hotel Service: Meet at the airport arrivals area. Express Service operates every 60 minutes.

Hotel- Airport Service: Meet at the hotel lobby with our driver.

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Guayaquil Airport Transfer

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Quito Airport Express Shuttle

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Airport Express Shuttle

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The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley

Experience the vibrant culture and rich history of South America's best-preserved historic center in Ecuador's top tourist destination.

Visit the largest and most well-preserved historic center in the region and immerse yourself in traditional trades, delicious cuisine, and fascinating cultural experiences. Book your trip today and discover the magic of this must-see destination in Ecuador.

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Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour

Admire the attractive illuminated churches at night and learn about urban legends related to the history of the city. All this on board of our original Trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century.

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Authentic Middle of The World Tour With Tickets

Discover a truly unique destination in Ecuador where you can experience extraordinary and mind-boggling phenomena that seemingly defy the laws of physics.

From gravity-defying waterfalls to magnetic hills, this iconic spot offers a range of unexplainable experiences that can only be found in this part of the world. Make plans to visit now and prepare to be amazed by the incredible sights and sensations that await you.

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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Full Day Tour

Discover the Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador, home to two of the most photographed landscapes - Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lagoon. Walk through the crater of the Cotopaxi Volcano and enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes region while getting to know the diverse ethnic groups that call it home. Book your tour now!

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Otavalo Indigenous Market, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Full Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich Andean culture of Ecuador by exploring indigenous markets, admiring local crafts, and embarking on a thrilling sailing adventure through a volcano crater. Discover the unique traditions and ways of life of the various communities and ethnic groups in this fascinating region. Plan your cultural journey now.

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The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley & Middle of the World Tour

Visit the largest and best preserved Historic Center of South America, live the traditional trades and experience the culture of the most touristic city of Ecuador. Visit this icon of Ecuador and live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world

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Guayaquil – Historical Park

Make the most of your time at Guayaquil Historical Park by enjoying some of its most popular sights, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city while learning about its history.

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Guayaquil City Tour

Traveling along the main streets and avenues of the city we will visit the Simon Bolivar Park, The Guayaquil embankment, La Rotonda with the statues of Bolivar and Saint Martin

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Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour

See some of the best sights and wildlife in the Galapagos Islands with this yacht tour. Visit Tortuga Bay Beach, La Lobería, Canal del Amor and Playa de los Perros. See sea lions, Marine Iguanas, reef sharks and many more exotic marine animals!

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Excursión to Cerro Mesa & Garrapatero

Take a bike to get to Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve, to walk its paths admiring flora and fauna, plus the spectacular view of the island and its surroundings from the viewpoint, and enjoy a picnic on the shore

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Full Day Yacht Tour

Galapagos Full Day Yacht Tour w/Lunch

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Excursion to Gualaceo and Chordeleg

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Excursion to the Ingapirca Inca Ruin

Visit the largest Inca Archaeological Complex in Ecuador, this Temple of the Sun served to perform ceremonies and rituals of the Cañari-Inca cultura

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Excursion to Cajas National Park

Visit and take a walk in the Cajas National Park to take a look at the lagoons, their exotic fauna and flora

Why choose us?

We offer the best sightseeing tours in Ecuador because we provide experienced and knowledgeable tour guides who are familiar with the country and its history. Our guides are always focused on experiences that will merge culture with nature, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Our tours are also all-inclusive so you do not have to worry about planning your own itinerary or booking separate activities. We strive to make our tours as unique as possible. With us, you'll get the best possible experience for your trip!

Ecuador is a fun place to visit! Our tours are designed to be enjoyable for everyone. From the moment you book until the end of your trip, our team will be with you every step of the way to make sure you have a great time.


Our tours will give you the chance to experience things like a local, so your trip feels like it's as authentic as possible You'll get an insider's look at the culture and history of Ecuador through our guides.

We offer different types of activities on each tour so that everyone can have something they enjoy whether they're thrill seekers or nature lovers who are excited about learning about Ecuadorian's wildlife and environment.

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Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Galapagos - Ecuador

Discover the charm of Ecuador by visiting Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Galapagos. Guayaquil is a fast-paced city best known for its beaches and casinos, while Cuenca is famous for its architecture and stunning countryside. Quito's historic center is the biggest and best preserved in Latin America, while the Avenue of the Volcanoes offers some of the best views of volcanoes all over Ecuador. Galapagos is home to endemic varieties of birds, marine wildlife and flora, where each island has its own unique ecosystem.

Frequently asked questions

Which payment options do you offer for packages, tours, excursions.

You can pay directly at our website with your credit card.

How do I receive confirmation for the location and time of my pickup?

If you book a tour with pick up included, you are able to select time and location in the booking process. We have specific locations so if your hotel is not in the list, you'll need to go to the closest one.

If you have questions or need further information, you can reach us at:

+593 99 479 4299 (Call or WhatsApp)

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I booked a transfer out from my hotel to the airport, at what time should I expect you to pick me up?

If you are taking an international flight, expect us to pick you up 4 hours before your flight. For domestic flights, we will pick you up 3 hours before your flight.

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Do I have additional expenses in Galapagos not covered by my package?

Yes, you must pay $20 for the Transit Control Card and $100 entrance to the Galapagos National Park.

If you belong to a country from Mercosur or Comunidad Andina, your entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park is $50.

If you are Ecuadorean, your entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park is $6.

Should I take the excursion to the Cotopaxi National Park because of the altitude?

Depends if you have any particular condition. Quito is at 2800 meters above sea level. At the Cotopaxi National park the maximum altitude you might encounter if you decide to reach the first refuge parking lot is 4100 meters above sea level.

If you are concerned please contact your doctor.

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Ecuador Travel Guide

Last Updated: September 1, 2023

an aerial view of Quito, Ecuador surrounded by green hills on a sunny summer day

Offering stunning landscapes, the country also boasts delicious food, plentiful mountains, and hospitable people.

It’s also home to the bucket-list-worthy Galapagos Islands, one of the country’s main draws and home to rare and iconic wildlife.

But there is much more to Ecuador than the Galapagos.

Adventure lovers will be keen to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon or climb one of the country’s many volcanoes, including the world-famous Cotopaxi Mountain.

This tiny country packs a lot of punch and this Ecuador travel guide can help you make the most of your trip.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
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Top 5 things to see and do in ecuador.

A turtle swimming underwater in the clear, blue waters of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

1. Enjoy Quito

Ecuador’s capital is beautiful and energetic. Head to the city’s Old Town to see its historic colonial past. Quito also has plenty of colorful markets to explore with vendors selling incredible indigenous crafts, art, textiles, and delicious local food. The city’s largest and oldest church, Monasterio de San Francisco, features some of the original tilework from its construction in the 16th century and a staircase that was originally designed for the Vatican. Quito is the closest major city to the equator as well, so you can straddle the line and be in both hemispheres at once!

2. Hike Cotopaxi Mountain

Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s second-highest mountain and was the world’s highest volcano until the Chilean volcano Tupungato erupted in 1986. This 12,500-foot-tall snow-capped monster is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. Climbing the entire mountain usually takes about two days and is considered moderately difficult due to the steep climbs and high altitude. It’s best for experienced hikers and climbers who have some training. There are plenty of shorter hikes available, however, including the short (but steep) walk to the first refuge at the base of the volcano. Guided day trips range from $50-90 USD per person.

3. Explore the Galapagos Islands

There are few places in the world that offer wildlife spotting opportunities as good as the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands were formed from active volcanoes and they’re most famous for being the birthplace of Darwin’s theory of evolution during his visit in 1835. From marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins and sea lions to orcas, manta rays, and the Giant Galapagos tortoise (some tortoises are more than five feet long), these islands are teeming with a wide variety of life. Book a multi-day visit to make the most of your time. While not cheap, it’s worth every penny!

4. Adventure in Ibarra

Located 90 minutes outside of Quito, Ibarra is perfect for adventure travel and indigenous visits. It’s a beautiful city with quaint cobblestone streets and colonial-style whitewashed buildings surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Consider rafting, swing jumping, trekking, climbing, kayaking, and more. Don’t leave without trying their handmade ice cream — it’s a local delicacy made in bronze bowls with fruit, sugar, and ice.

5. See the Amazon rainforest

Approximately half of Ecuador is covered in the Amazon rainforest. There are five National Parks located within Ecuador’s Amazon jungle. Yasuni National Park is believed to be the most biodiverse place on the planet and has been named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Over 1,000 species of animals can be found in the forests and lagoons of the Ecuadorian Amazon, including tapirs, monkeys, jaguars, and ocelots. Temperatures in the Amazon remain hot year-round, and it might rain at any time, but if you’re prepared it’s possible to visit year-round. Ecuador offers one of the quickest routes to the Amazon in South America. A day trip costs $150 USD while multi-day tours start at $350 USD.

Other Things to See and Do in Ecuador

1. see baños.

This small town lies high in the Andes and on the hillside of Ecuador’s most active volcano, Tungurahua. Besides the fantastic volcano treks, visitors also flock to Baños to experience the healing powers of its hot springs and to give thanks for miracles performed at the Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water. It’s also the country’s adventure capital, with lots of biking, white water rafting, bungee jumping, ATV rentals, and a circuit of beautiful waterfalls to visit. Prices vary, but activities are not expensive. Bungee jumping, for example, is only $20 USD, while white water rafting is just $30 USD for a half-day trip.

2. Wander the Otavalo Market

Otavalo, located less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Quito, is Ecuador’s most famous indigenous market. Handicrafts, jewelry, necklaces, musical instruments, and clothing are just a few of the things you can buy at this expansive market, one of the largest in all of Latin America. It’s open daily from 7am-6pm, but it’s best to arrive early in the day.

3. Visit Cuenca

Cuenca is Ecuador’s third-largest city. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cuenca has colonial buildings, churches, and cathedrals that are extremely photogenic. The city is also thought to be Ecuador’s intellectual capital and has been dubbed the “Athens of the Andes.” Activities range from climbing the towers of Cathedral de la Inmaculada, for a stunning view of the city for only $2.50 USD to pampering yourself at Piedra de Agua with a relaxing soak in the heated mineral baths ($15 USD for 3 hours). Be sure to stroll through Mercado de las Flores (Flower Market) to take in the local pace of life.

4. Explore Ingapirca

Ingapirca is Ecuador’s premier Inca site and is located in the Canar Province, near Guayaquil and the country’s Pacific coast. Dating to the 15th century (not long before the Spanish arrived), the crowning glory of the site is the Temple of the Sun, which is a circular building made of intricately carved stones so as to fit together without mortar. There is also a burial site and a series of low walls which are ruins from various other historic buildings. A guided tour costs $45-50 USD.

5. Relax in Montañita

This surfer’s paradise is a relatively new addition to Ecuador’s list of attractions, although its reputation for pristine beaches and perfect waves has been growing steadily over the years. This is a proper backpacker’s paradise with laid-back beach parties, live bands, and inexpensive accommodations. A week-long surf camp (including lessons, accommodation, and food) costs as little as $500 USD.

6. Go whale watching in Puerto Lopez

One of the many tourist towns that lay along the coast is Puerto Lopez. Not so much of a surfing spot, it’s known instead for its incredible whale watching season. Witness the humpback whales in action, and then check out the blue footed boobies (a very rare bird species) at La Plata island (also referred to as “the poor man’s Galapagos” as the same animals found in the Galapagos are also on La Plata). Full-day tours that combine whale watching and an island visit cost $35–45 USD (plus a $15 USD national park fee).

7. Learn Spanish

There are hundreds of places to take a language course in this country if you’re looking to improve your language skills. If you are going to visit for a prolonged period of time, it might be a good idea to take a couple of lessons. Two top-rated schools are Yanapuma Spanish School and Simon Bolivar Spanish School, which have locations in Quito as well as other cities around the country. Each class is about four hours long, with prices ranging from $6-12 USD per hour. Courses run anywhere from 1-4 weeks long so you can pick an option that suits your budget and language needs.

8. Explore the lava tubes

North of Puerto Ayora, there are tons of underground tunnels that have been formed from molten lava. For $3.50 USD, you can take a self-guided tour or pay more to go with a guide. It’s pretty freaky being in these huge lava tubes but pretty amazing too and something you won’t really find in other destinations.

Ecuador Travel Costs

an aerial view of Quito, Ecuador surrounded by green hills on a sunny summer day

Accommodation – Accommodation is inexpensive in Ecuador. Dorms start around $6 USD per night, while a private room ranges from $10-50 USD. Free Wi-Fi is standard, and many hostels also include free breakfast.

For those traveling with a tent, camping is available all around the country. Campground prices vary but can be found for as little as $5 USD. Most national parks have spots in or around them.

Budget hotels are only slightly more expensive than hostels, with prices starting around $25 USD per night. Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast are common. For a hotel with a pool, prices start at $30-40 USD per night.

Airbnb is also available, with shared accommodation starting at $15-20 USD per night. For an entire home or apartment, expect prices to begin around $25 USD (though prices average closer to $50 USD).

Food – The local fare of Ecuador features ilapinchagos (fried potato cakes stuffed with cheese), ceviche , empanadas, arroz con pollo (chicken with rice) , and cuy (roasted guinea pig). Seafood is common, owing to its location on the ocean. Potatoes with roasted pig is a popular dish in the mountainous regions, while cassava (also known as yuca) is a common staple near the jungle.

Traditional meals typically cost between $3-5 USD. You can find food stalls on the street for around $1-2 USD. Western-style meals cost around $10-12 USD.

For a meal at a mid-range restaurant, expect to spend around $20 USD per person.

Beer is just $2.50 USD while a latte/cappuccino is $2.34 USD. Bottled water is $0.60 USD.

If you’re planning on shopping in the markets and grocery stores, you can expect to spend around $20-30 USD per week on basic groceries like bread, milk, eggs, cheese, chicken, fruit, and veggies.

Backpacking Ecuador Suggested Budgets

On a backpacking budget of $30 USD per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, eat some street food and cook some meals, take a free walking tour, and use public transportation to get around. If you plan on drinking, add $5-10 USD per day to your budget.

On a mid-range budget of $105 USD per day, you can stay in a decent hotel, eat out for all your meals, take the occasional taxi to get around, enjoy a few drinks, paid tours, and visit most museums.

On a “luxury” budget of $245 USD per day, you can stay in a top hotel, rent a car or take more taxis, eat out anywhere you want, and take as many tours as you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in USD.

Ecuador Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Ecuador is an affordable destination, however, it never hurts to save money! Here are a few tips to cut down your costs during your visit:

  • Stay at hospedajes – These family-run guesthouses are all over the country and have rooms for just a few dollars per night. They’re one of the cheapest options available for accommodation.
  • Eat at the markets – This is the place to do your food shopping. You can find meals (or buy groceries) for just a few dollars, making this the best way to eat cheaply in the country!
  • Embrace almuerzos – Many restaurants have almuerzos , cheap lunches from a set menu. These are usually just a couple of dollars and usually include a drink. If you want to eat out for cheap, this is a great choice.
  • Carry small change – Forget about carrying any bills over $20 USD as you’ll have trouble changing them — even $20s can be difficult to break in small towns. Keep change on hand for smaller purchases.
  • Book last minute tours – Galapagos cruises are expensive. By booking your tour in Quito last minute, you can save up to 40% off the cost of the trip. You can also just fly there and see what is around too. If you’re flexible in when you go and can wait around for a spot to open, this is the cheapest option.
  • Couchsurf – Use Couchsurfing to find a local who can host you for free. You’ll only get a free place to stay but you get to connect with a local who can share their insider tips and advice.
  • Stay at a Hola Hostel – Hola Hostels is a network of hostels predominantly in South and Central America. They offer 10% off to their members, as well as other discounts for food and activities. Joining is free, and their hostels are also committed to environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Pack a water bottle – A water bottle with a purifier will come particularly in handy in Ecuador since you can’t always drink the tap water. Save money and thousands of plastic bottles and get a reusable bottle that can purify the tap water for you. My preferred bottle is LifeStraw .

Where to Stay in Ecuador

Ecuador has plenty of fun and affordable hostels. Here are my top suggested places to stay while there:

  • Community Hostel (Quito)
  • Vibes Hostel (Quito)
  • Esperanto B&B Surf Backpacker Hostel (Montanita)
  • Hostel Nucapacha (Guayaquil)
  • Dreamkapture Hostel (Guayaquil)

How to Get Around Ecuador

Cotopaxi, a towering snow-capped mountain in beautiful Ecuador

Public transportation – The bus is the most common, efficient way to get around Ecuadorian cities. A local bus ticket costs around $0.25 USD. Bus stops are really only existent in Quito — outside of the city, you’ll generally just have to flag one down and request your stop whenever it comes along.

Bus – The bus network in Ecuador is incredibly extensive, and it’s an easy way to get around the country. Most buses travel along the common backpacking routes. For the 7-hour ride from Quito to Guayaquil, expect to pay between $11-28 USD for a one-way ticket. A 20-hour ride from Quito to Bogota, Colombia costs between $80-100 USD. From Quito to Lima, Peru tickets start at $95 USD for the 29-hour ride.

Typically you can just show up at the bus station to get your ticket, but you can also use to look up routes and prices.

Another option is to book a hop-on/hop-off pass. These passes give you flexibility in your travel but are only available along specific routes. You can hop off and hop on at any time. Wanderbus Ecuador passes start around $249 USD for 11 stops, while longer routes can cost up to $699 USD for 20 stops.

Train – Ecuador’s national railway company shut down during the pandemic and due to lack of funding, has yet to resume operations. There are currently no trains running in Ecuador.

Flying – Flying within Ecuador is affordable, with most destinations being serviced from Quito or Guayaquil. Ecuador’s airlines are:

  • Emetebe (Galápagos-based airline)

Flights from Quito to Guayaquil start at $58 USD each way. TAME will also get you to some smaller Ecuadorian destinations, like Quito to Loja for $43 USD (one-way). Flying to the Galapagos Islands is obviously the most practical way to get there, but it’s certainly not cheap. One way from Quito to Baltra (the busiest airport) starts from about $133 USD. Guayaquil to Baltra is about $155 USD. Expect prices to double if you don’t book in advance.

Car rental – Car rentals cost around $35 USD per day, however, the driving conditions are far from ideal (poor road conditions, no driving signs, etc.). Unless you have experience driving in Central or South America, I’d skip the rental as buses are much cheaper and safer.

Renters need to be at least 21 years old. For the best car rental prices, use Discover Cars .

When to Go to Ecuador

Ecuador technically only has two seasons: the wet season and the dry season. But since Ecuador has such varying altitudes, it really depends on where/when you visit.

January to May is the coolest, wettest time of year for most of the country. Navigating the Amazon can be difficult during this time due to road closures and flooding. Temperatures along the coast are milder, and it’s actually quite pleasant in the Galapagos as the ocean waters are calm and warm.

June to the end of September is very dry, and you’ll also experience some of the warmest temperatures in Ecuador. This is peak season, so you can expect higher prices for flights and accommodations. Still, the weather is always nice and the entire country has a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Temperatures near the coast hover around 25°C (77°F), while in Quito the daily average is around 21°C (70°F).

How to Stay Safe in Ecuador

Ecuador is generally a safe place to travel around, even if you’re traveling alone or as a solo female traveler. Petty theft is the most common type of crime in Ecuador. Valuables like laptops, jewelry, and cell phones should be hidden from sight. Transport terminals are especially a hot spot for petty theft so stay vigilant.

In Quito, avoid the Old Town at night. Taxi crimes are a danger in places like Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, and Playas. The US consulate in Guayaquil even forbids its staff from hailing cabs in the street because of the risk of crime.

In a popular scam, someone will hop into your taxi with you once the journey has started and take you on a little tour of the city’s ATMs as they rob you blind. So use caution and have your accommodation call a taxi for you whenever possible.

If you’re worried about scams, read about common travel scams to avoid here .

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe in the country, however, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.). For more information, check out one of the many solo female travel blogs on the country.

If you go out hiking, always check the weather beforehand and bring appropriate clothing, as well as water and a hat.

Always trust your gut instinct. If a taxi driver seems shady, stop the cab and get out. If your hotel is seedier than you thought, move. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID, in case of emergencies.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

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These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
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We had a wonderful honeymoon while visiting Ecuador & Peru ! The travel agency planned an outstanding stress-free, fun, exciting, and educational trip for us. They were professional and a pleasure to work with. Every day of our trip was a new and exciting adventure. All of our guides and transfers were on time and hospitable. From start to finish, we really had a superb honeymoon. Thank you Alejandro and Guidecuador , see you next time!!
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Overall pretty good. Of course its budget tour so mainly basic accommodation which is expected. We got a guide for 10 days then another guide for the rest. The tour split into 2 parts. I enjoy meeting new people. I had a great time. Overall enjoyable. There was one mixed up however that I was upset. My meet up hotel on the start of the tour got change. I did not get an email from touradar or g adventure about it at all of the new update. They posted the update on touradar chat that I was doing which of course you dont logged into the website to check. You figured they would sent email on any changed. There I was in a foreign country and showed up and the meet up hotel but no one was there. I panicked, good things the reception at that hotel was so helpful was calling g adventures for me to see what is going on. Turned out they changed the meet up point to a different hotel. Was really stressful first day. Both touradar and g adventures should have communicate better with customers. I contacted g adventures about the mixed up and voice my complaints but no one ever got back to me. Next time please if there are changes in the intineary email or contact the customers to let them know not expect them to know.
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The 11 best places to visit in Ecuador

Sep 24, 2023 • 7 min read

Vacquero on Horseback in Cotopaxi National Park

Ecuador is all about mountain majesty and captivating cultures © Sunart Media / Shutterstock

Many of South America’s greatest hits can be found in Ecuador , from Andean peaks and the Amazon to tropical beaches, Inca ruins and the wonders of the Galápagos Islands. Pretty impressive for a country that's a fraction of the size of its neighbors!

The hardest part of any trip to Ecuador is deciding which part to visit first. To help you on your way, here's our pick of the best places to visit in Ecuador.

Best city for living the Andean highlife

Strewn across a mountain valley and surrounded by volcanoes, Quito is quite the spectacle. The Ecuadorian capital is a fascinating melange of cultures and a living museum of Spanish-era architecture. For the full panorama, take the TelefériQo gondola up the Pichincha volcano.

Back at street level, admire the faded grandeur of the charming, UNESCO-listed old town, calling at Museo de la Ciudad to learn more about the city’s colorful backstory. And visit the churches – Quito has one of the largest collections of old churches in South America, with the Basílica del Voto Nacional and the gilded Church of la Compañía de Jesús among the highlights.

Quito’s markets are another must-see. Watch shamanic healers ply their trade at Mercado San Francisco before sampling local specialties such as  locro de papas (potato stew), roast guinea pig and cow’s feet soup. And when the sun goes down? Head to La Ronda, a former red-light district turned entertainment quarter, which has live music and lots of cozy bars. 

Planning tip: At 2850m (9350ft) above sea level, Quito is one of the world's highest capitals. Give yourself a day or two to acclimatize to the lofty altitude before venturing to the high ground.

A female dancer with a yellow scarf on the street in Quito, Ecuador

2. The Equator 

Best place to stand in two hemispheres at once

Straddling the equator – hence its name – Ecuador is one of the few places where travelers can take selfies of themselves with one foot in each hemisphere. A huge granite monument dubbed Mitad del Mundo (‘the middle of the world’) marks the location of the equator north of Quito – only it’s in the wrong place.

Modern GPS sets the record straight, placing the true equator near the Museo Solar Inti Ñan . Guides here will show you water swirling differently on each side of the line, plus other fun demonstrations relating to the equator. You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s just a smoke-and-mirrors illusion or a real scientific phenomenon. 

Best place for volcanic adventures

Baños is the place to go if you like living dangerously. Its main draw is the menacing Tungurahua volcano, which has been belching lava and ash since the '90s, periodically forcing residents to flee. Why do they come back? Well, the volcano also heats the thermal baths that the town is named after and revered for. The steamy spas are highly restorative after a day of trekking, rafting or mountain biking through the surrounding forests.

Planning tip: As well as volcano hikes, Baños is a popular hub for mountain-biking trips, including the dramatic descent to the jungle town of Puyo.

Wild Vicuñas at the Chimborazo volcano, near Baños in Ecuador

4. The Avenue of Volcanoes 

Best place to hike close to the sun

A bit of trivia: the closest point on Earth to the sun is in Ecuador. The bragging rights belong to the 6263m (20,548ft) Chimborazo volcano . We know it’s not the highest summit on the planet – that’s Nepal's Mt Everest – but due to a phenomenon known as equatorial bulge, the planet isn’t perfectly spherical, and the top of Chimborazo is actually closer to the sun than anywhere else.

Chimborazo is one of eight snowcapped peaks that line the so-called Avenue of Volcanoes, which runs down Ecuador like a knobbly spine. All these peaks are incredible to hike up or around – if your body can handle the dizzying altitudes. Take it slowly to acclimatize; herds of vicuña , a wild relative of the domesticated llama, will keep you company on the way.

5. The Oriente  

Best place for natural wonders

Raindrops pattering on leaves, toucans darting between trees, lush greenery on all sides – The Oriente is a must for any naturalist. This steamy hotbed of biodiversity is where the cloud forests that flank the Andes plunge into the Amazon. More than 1600 bird species are found here, giving voice to one of the most glorious dawn choruses on the planet. Hidden in the trees like Bond villain lairs are wonderful ecolodges such as Mashpi , which offer guided nature walks and canoe expeditions, with profits helping fund conservation.

A woman sitting in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cuenca, Ecuador

Best city for architectural treasures

Ecuador’s most beautiful city, Cuenca , has a springlike climate year-round and some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in South America. Its ornate buildings, leafy plazas and blue-domed Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception helped the city earn a rightful place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The brutalist Museo Pumapungo proves Cuenca also has a modern outlook, housing a fine collection of contemporary art.

Planning tip: In the city’s backyard is Cajas National Park , a mountainous wildlife reserve with alpacas, Andean condors and giant hummingbirds. It's a great sampling platter of what Ecuador has to offer.

7. Ingapirca

Best place to discover pre-colonial Ecuador

For a glimpse of the country’s precolonial history, head to Ingapirca , where llamas graze among the best-preserved ruins in Ecuador. The settlement was originally inhabited by the Canari people before the marauding Incas came along. Spanish colonizers would later reduce the place to rubble, but enough remains to give a sense of its former grandeur.

Planning tip: Coming with a guide will bring color and context to a tour of the ruins; agencies in Cuenca run regular trips to the site.

Black spotted eagle rays off Darwin Island, Galapagos Islands

8. The Galápagos Islands

Best place for experiencing a unique ecosystem

You could be forgiven for arriving on the islands of the Galápagos archipelago and wondering what all the fuss is about. In places, the archipelago looks more like a desert than a hotbed of biodiversity, but it slowly reveals its secrets – especially when you slip beneath the waves. Here, pirouetting sea lions, stealthy sharks, majestic rays, colorful fish, diving pelicans, swimming iguanas, whales, penguins and more await.

Planning tip: Don’t try to do it by yourself. Book a cruise and let resident naturalists provide the context to help you understand this remarkable, one-of-a-kind ecosystem. They'll also point out evolutionary marvels that you would otherwise miss.

9. Otavalo 

Best place to shop for local crafts

This picturesque little town is home to one of the largest permanent markets in South America. A one-stop shop for alpaca wool garments, handmade Ecuadorian jewelry, native art and other products made by the Indigenous Otavaleños people, it’s an ideal place to shop for souvenirs before jetting home. And it's easy to reach from Quito by local bus (two hours each way).

View over the bright lights of the city of Guayaquil at sunset, Ecuador

10. Guayaquil

Best city for culture and nightlife

The beating commercial heart of Ecuador, Guayaquil won’t win first prize in many beauty contests, but its burgeoning cultural scene, lively bars and revitalized neighborhoods are reason enough to hang around. The area known as the Malecón offers a masterclass in urban renewal; this rebooted riverside promenade is lined with sculptures, gardens and restaurants and is home to the quirky Museo en Miniatura , which tells the history of the city using miniature dioramas.

The hillside enclave of Cerro Santa Ana is another fine spot to while away an afternoon, with its colorful hillside homes, bars and cafes. For the best food in town, head to the suburb of Urdesa, northwest of the center; for nightlife, try Las Peñas, immediately north of downtown.

Planning tip: Check out the  Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo (MAAC) theater for plays, concerts and films – but don’t expect much in English.

11. The Pacific shoreline

Best place to enjoy surfing and sunshine  

The frigid Andes feel a long way away when you’re sipping a cocktail on Ecuador’s Pacific coastline, which boasts a string of excellent beaches . The coastal town of Salinas spills out onto a fine stretch of shoreline, and it has a decent nightlife, making it popular with locals and tourists.

More laidback and less developed is the ramshackle beachfront village of Montañita  – its cheap digs, decent waves and party vibe attract a steady stream of bronzed backpackers.

Planning tip: To escape the crowds, check out the low-key beach towns of Ayangue, north of Salinas, or Puerto Cayo, north of Montañita.

This article was first published January 2022 and updated September 2023

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Top Tour Operators and Travel Agencies in Ecuador. Below you will find 19 of the best tour operators and travel agencies in Ecuador offering in total 155 tours and holidays through-out Ecuador. Combined they have received 198 customer reviews and an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars. The top tour activities offered in Ecuador are: Wildlife, landscapes and nature, Adventure and sport & Boat tours, water sports and marine wildlife.

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  • Address Nelson House, 55-59 Victoria Rd, Farnborough, England
  • Response Rate 96%

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World Expeditions

  • Address 1B Osiers Road, Wandsworth, London, England
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  • Address Reina Victoria & Mariscal Foch, Quito, Ecuador
  • Response Rate 86%


  • Address 38-51 Bedford Way, London, England
  • Response Rate 88%

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Latin Adventures

  • Address Francisco Salazar OE 10 37, and Jose Tamayo, Quito, Ecuador
  • Response Rate 100%

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  • Address Av. 10 de Agosto y Juan Galindes, Ed. Green Tower, 6B, Quito, Ecuador

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  • Address 233, 11951 Hammersmith Way, Richmond, Canada

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  • Address 2461 FM 778, Mineola, USA
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Ever Wonder Adventure has released a new travel guide for sustainability-conscious tourists who want to explore Ecuador’s gems, including the Galapagos Islands.

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Known as the place where Darwin got the inspiration for his evolution theory in 1835, the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast, is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts around the world. Ever Wonder Adventure's new travel guide gives travelers an 11-day itinerary to explore Ecuador's culture and see the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos.

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As an advocate for conservation, Ever Wonder Adventure has listed accommodation spots and activities that align with these values, including luxury eco-tours with the chance to encounter wildlife, making the trip an unforgettable experience.

"Within this living laboratory of evolution, a breathtaking tapestry of biodiversity unfolds. From giant tortoises to marine iguanas, each species tells a story of survival and adaptation. Avian wonders such as blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins exemplify nature's ingenuity," a spokesperson for the company said.

According to National Geographic, 97% of the islands are part of Galapagos National Park, which is Ecuador's first national park. The park protects over 3,000 square miles of land, and an additional 50,000 square miles of surrounding ocean is covered by the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

Ever Wonder Adventure's travel guide suggests four days on mainland Ecuador to settle in after traveling, staying at two luxury boutique hotels in Quito to explore the foods and cultural experiences the capital has to offer. After a relaxing city break, the journey will continue to the Galapagos, with stays at Galapagos Safari Camp and Pikaia Lodge for wildlife tours and stargazing.

At Galapagos Safari Camp, visitors can book exclusive custom safari tours of Santa Cruz island. The resort also offers cruises and diving experiences, as well as ventures to Isabela Island. Pikaia Lodge's exploration packages include private yacht tours and sea lion snorkeling, and guests can enjoy spa experiences and an infinity pool on-site.

As part of its conservation work, Ever Wonder Adventure has launched a line of merch with a Galapagos-inspired theme. The profits go to supporting the company's cause of providing sustainable travel guides and their work to preserve and protect nature.

"Be a part of the change, wear your commitment, and support the ongoing efforts to protect the marvels of our planet," a spokesperson for the company said.

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    Ecuador Tours Travel Tips. Most places in Ecuador completely close by 10 pm at the latest. If you need any water or groceries, then be sure to buy them earlier in the day, or you'll have to wait until the next day. Keep in mind that much of Ecuador is at a high altitude. Many visitors to the country don't account for the altitude change, which ...

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    At Otavalo, site of the largest market in South America, Ecuador's numerous Indigenous groups come to barter for both crafts and staples. There are Amazonian jungles and charming colonial cities, like cobblestoned Cuenca. Best of all, all these flavours are packed together, so you can be in the jungle in the morning and at the foot of a glacier ...

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    Exoticca provides all-inclusive packages that take care of your trip to Ecuador from the US. It leaves you free to pack and dream about all the fascinating landmarks you'll visit. Most tour packages include flights, hotels, tours, and transfers. It allows you to enjoy your unique middle-earth experience. All come with included insurance to ...

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    Galapagos Island Hopping. Carol · Traveled March 2024. Galapagos island hopping was a great trip for a mix of ocean, land, unique geology, animals birds and fish. Isabella snorkelling with turtles and Sierra Negra volcano were my top two moments! Our guide Katty has great knowledge and always shares it with a smile.

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    See Ecuador like never before! Welcome to LIVEcuador! We offer Shared Day Tours in Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Galapagos. You will be able to enjoy the best of Ecuador's culture, natural beauty and history with a local guide who will show you all the best spots. Navigate on craters and see amazing volcanoes.

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    Latin Adventures. Address Francisco Salazar OE 10 37, and Jose Tamayo, Quito, Ecuador. Response Rate 100%. Response Time 3 hours. Latin Adventures is a tour operator providing private or small-group tours and expeditions in Ecuador and Galápagos with specialization in "tailor-made packets".

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