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Ecuador holidays

Ecuador holidays

Visit colonial Quito and travel to the Amazon rainforest and Galapagos on your tailor-made Ecuador tour

Ecuador may be slightly dwarfed by other South American countries, but it punches well above its weight. It’s tempting to pass through only the mainland en route to the celebrated Galapagos Islands, but our specialists would urge you to holiday in continental Ecuador, too. They’re able to help you experience all the country’s beguiling variety in a tailor-made Ecuador tour.

Lovers of textiles and artisan crafts can head to the animated markets of Otavalo and the capital, Quito, or observe authentic Panama hats being made in the colonial city of Cuenca. You can explore, and hike on, the geological spectacle of the almost conical Cotopaxi in the Avenue of Volcanoes. One of the feathers in Ecuador’s cap is its restored railway network, which offers visitors panoramic vistas of the Andean landscapes. Meanwhile, you’re able to immerse yourself in birdwatching and horticulture in cloudforest reserves.

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Suggested itineraries for Ecuador

These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to Ecuador could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to travelling in Ecuador

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Ecuador. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Ecuador at its best.

Canoe trip to Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador
Ecuador

What to do in Ecuador: our highlights guide

Although famous for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers the visitor a wealth of other attractions, from active volcanoes and spectacular train journeys, to UNESCO World Heritage cities and wildlife trips to the Amazon.

Marine iguana, Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

Wildlife highlights of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos specialist Holly shares her top wildlife experiences in the Galapagos Islands. She looks at its unique variety of bird, marine and animal species including giant tortoise, albatross, penguins, sea lions and iguanas.

Wildlife in the Amazon

Tailor-made holidays to the Amazon

Our tailor-made trips to the Amazon rainforest are designed to incorporate your own personal interests. Whether you want to embark on a wildlife-watching hike through the jungles of Brazil or try your hand at piranha fishing in Ecuador, our specialists have the knowledge to help you plan your dream Amazon holiday.

Ella in fron of the Devil's Nose, Ecuador

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Provide us with a few starting details about your travel plans, and one of our Ecuador specialists will be in touch to give you suggestions and ideas.

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