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Land iguana on the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador tours

Ecuador's compact size and magnificent scenery make it a joy to travel around. 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 tour 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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Our recommended tours in 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.

  • Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

    Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
    • Experience the unique fearless wildlife of Galapagos.

    • Visit the some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos Islands.

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

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

    10 days from $5,445pp

  • Galapagos from Ashore

    Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
    • 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.

    10 days from $6,150pp

  • Ecuador by river & rail: Amazon cruise & Tren Crucero

    Ecuador
    • 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 $6,490pp

  • Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

    Ecuador, Costa Rica and Galapagos Islands
    • 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 $7,280pp

  • Galapagos island-hopping tour

    Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
    • 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.

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

    11 days from $7,840pp

  • Highlights of Colombia, Ecuador & Galapagos

    Ecuador, Colombia and Galapagos Islands
    • 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 $9,895pp

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