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Ecuador trip ideas

Ecuador trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

Ecuador's compact size and magnificent scenery make it a joy to travel around and its excellent road network means that self-driving is a great way of touring the country. Our specialists regularly travel here and are keen to share their local knowledge to help you get the most out of your trip. To assist in your route planning they’ve devised a number of itinerary ideas which can then be tailored to your interests, preferences and budget, whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or a combination of both. Whichever route you choose, the country's characterful haciendas offer high standards as well as an insight into Ecuadorian life.

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Ideas for your trip to Ecuador

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. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Cultural Ecuador: Mountains to the Sea

  • Explore the colonial architecture of Quito.

  • Visit a remote indigenous community.

  • Take a train ride through the Andes.

  • Relax at a beautiful countryside hacienda.

10 Days from $4,795pp

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Galapagos cruise on the MV Monserrat

  • Experience the unique fearless wildlife of Galapagos.

  • Visit the Galapagos Islands' largest colony of magnificent frigate birds.

  • See the marine iguana, the world's only marine lizard.

  • Snorkel with sea lions and white-tipped sharks.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10 Days from $4,885pp

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Galapagos Odyssey Escape

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Quito.

  • Cruise on the comfort of a 16-passenger ship.

  • Witness a diversity of wildlife.

  • Swim with sea lions and sea turtles.

  • Walk on volcanic formed islands.

7 Days from $4,995pp

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Galapagos island-hopping tour

  • Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.

  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.

  • Spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.

  • Snorkel with an abundance of underwater marine life.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10 Days from $5,525pp

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Galapagos from Ashore

  • 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.

  • Snorkel with an abundance of underwater marine life.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10 Days from $6,070pp

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Minga Lodge and the Galapagos

  • Galapagos Islands - "Darwin's laboratory" and a truly unique location with incredibly fearless wildlife.

  • Ecuadorian Amazon - Visit one of the Amazon's most recognised eco-lodges and get involved in helping the local Ecuadorian community.

  • Quito - A UNESCO World Heritage Site with fine colonial architecture.

11 Days from $6,165pp

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Ecuador by river & rail: Amazon cruise & Tren Crucero

  • 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.

12 Days from $6,395pp

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Galapagos Experience on the Eric/Letty

  • Snorkel in the clear waters off Santiago Island.

  • Explore the volcanic formed islands of Isabela.

  • Walk the colonial streets of Quito.

  • Swim with sea lions and sea turtles.

10 Days from $6,590pp

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Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.

  • Get up close to the perfectly conical Volcan Arenal.

  • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

15 Days from $7,200pp

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Highlights of Colombia, Ecuador & Galapagos

  • 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.

14 Days from $7,425pp

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Incas & islands: Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour

  • Explore the buzzing former Inca capital of Cuzco.

  • See the beautiful scenery and colourful markets of the Sacred Valley.

  • Visit Machu Picchu, the jewel in the Inca crown.

  • Get up close to the fearless Galapagos wildlife.

12 Days from $7,610pp

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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.

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