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Ecuador's capital, Quito

Ecuador holidays 2022 & 2023

Ecuador's capital, Quito

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 holiday.

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 tours for Ecuador

Encountering fearless wildlife in the Galapagos, listening to birdsong in the cloudforest, and visiting remote indigenous markets in the highlands — whatever you’re interested in, our suggested itineraries are a great starting point as you begin to plan your trip to Ecuador.

Suggested activities for Ecuador

Enjoy a guided walk around Otavalo Market, follow a naturalist on hikes into the Amazon rainforest, and take a private tour through downtown Quito. Whatever your interests, our specialists will suggest experiences designed to enhance your trip to Ecuador.

  • Amazon Excursions
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    Amazon Excursions

    Amazon Excursions

    Daily activities include visits to the butterfly farm, ascending the observation tower, a canopy walk, treks on well-marked trails, and canoe rides through the black water creeks.

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  • Learn about life in the Amazon with 'Me to We'
    Monkeys, Amazon

    Learn about life in the Amazon with 'Me to We'

    The Amazon

    Learn about life in the Amazon with 'Me to We'

    A stay at the Minga Lodge offers a unique opportunity to get to grips with what life is really like in the Amazon. Culturally, this is far more in-depth, interactive and rewarding than a regular Amazon visit and allows you to spend time with the local community during your stay.

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  • Quito City Tour
    The Old Town of Quito.

    Quito City Tour

    Quito

    Quito City Tour

    Visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Best time to visit

Our specialists advise on the best months to visit Ecuador, including information about climate, events and festivals.

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Travel advice

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