Galapagos Islands — "Darwin's laboratory" and a truly unique location with incredibly fearless wildlife.
Ecuadorian Amazon — home to some of the Amazon's most recognised ecolodges with excellent set up, guides and wildlife spotting opportunities.
Quito — a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fine colonial architecture.
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ecuador, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well.
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Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.
See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.
Spot marine iguanas, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.
Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, with its cobbled streets, colonial architecture and pretty squares.
Cruise the Amazon in search of wildlife onboard the elegant MV Anakonda.
Take the iconic Tren Crucero rail journey from Andes to coast, stopping to admire a variety of sights along the way such as the Cotopaxi Volcano and famous Devil's Nose.
Costa Rica and Ecuador
The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.
Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.
Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloudforest.
Undertake zip-lining, white-water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.
Get up close to the perfectly conical Arenal Volcano.
Ecuador and Peru
Explore the vibrant former Inca capital of Cuzco.
Visit Machu Picchu, the jewel in the Inca crown.
Get up close to the fearless Galapagos wildlife.
See the beautiful scenery and colourful markets of the Sacred Valley.
Colombia and Ecuador
Visit the wildlife prolific Galapagos Islands.
Stay in a traditional Finca in the coffee growing region, explore the region and try your hand at some coffee production.
Enjoy the historical centre of Bogotá.
Explore the fortified city of Cartagena.
Quito — an overlooked UNESCO World Heritage Site with a growing reputation for good restaurants, bars and cafés.
Mashpi Lodge — one of South America's finest cloudforest lodges, surrounded by birdlife and home to great canopy tram.
Hacienda Zuleta — owned by two generations of former Ecuadorian presidents, Zuleta is one of the finest haciendas in Ecuador.
Galapagos — incredible, fearless wildlife at its best.
Some of our favourite travel guides
- What to do in Ecuador: our highlights guide
- Ecuador's wildlife beyond the Galapagos: the Amazon and cloudforest
- My perfect trip: a grand tour of mainland 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.View this travel guide
Ecuador's wildlife beyond the Galapagos: the Amazon and cloudforest
While Scott from our Latin America team believes that the Galapagos are fundamental to any amateur naturalist’s trip to Ecuador, he’d also encourage you to consider exploring the mainland’s Amazon and cloudforest regions as part of your Ecuador wildlife tour.View this travel guide
My perfect trip: a grand tour of mainland Ecuador
Ecuador’s more than the Galapagos Islands: it’s South America in miniature. Specialist Caroline talks you through her ideal trip, which includes some of the country’s unsung heroes — from Andean highlands to Amazon backwaters — and her pick of its finest properties.View this travel guide