Not to be mistaken as a stop off for the Galapagos Islands, South America's tiniest nation rises up from the Equator and descends to the steamy tributaries of the Amazon. Remnants of pre-Hispanic civilisations dot the landscape and the dexterous Otavaleno Indians produce their vibrant textiles with ease at the biggest artisan craft market on the continent. UNESCO protected colonial heritage sites dominate the old city in Quito and rest prettily to the south in the city of Cuenca. A journey along the spine of the Andes and the 'Avendida de los Volcanoes' is a hypnotic trip encapsulating the biodiversity of the landscape through several climatic zones. A short half hour flight from Quito takes one to the gateway to the Amazon. Padding the narrow pristine creeks in traditional dug-out canoes, escorted by the eerily prehistoric squawking Hoatzins, Pygmy Marmosets and Golden mantled Tamarin are some of the many delights that Ecuador tours offer.

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600 miles west of Ecuador lie Darwin's 'Enchanted Isles', accessed by an array of cruising craft.  A seven to eight night cruise will usually allow one to see most of the available species (Finches, Frigate birds, Boobies, Albatross, Galápagos Penguin, Marine and Land Iguana, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions and an array of fish species) and gain knowledge of the unique and fascinating evolutionary history. Tourism initiatives on the islands have moved away from the traditional cruise with the emergence of small, sustainably designed affairs.

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  • FlightTimes icon
    Flight time from London
    15 hours
  • TimeZone icon
    Time Zone
    UTC -6
  • Currency icon
    Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Temperature icon
    Average Temperature
    10°C - 19°C

Itineraries

Affordable Luxury-Ecuador and Galapagos

11 Days
from £5,164
per person
Flamingos, Ecuador and Galapagos islands Ecuador & Galapagos
Two days inthe capital city of Quito are followed by 8 days exploring the extraordinary volcanic archipelago of the Galápagos, where prehistoric reptiles such as the giant tortoise still roam freely.

Lodge-Based Galapagos Exploration

11 Days
from £5,741
per person
Closeup of a Iguana, Galapagos Ecuador & Galapagos
Enjoy two nights in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito. Combined with this you will visit Darwin’s living laboratory, the Galapagos Islands.

A Family Holiday to Galapagos

9 Days
from £5,100
per person
Sea lions sun bathing on the beach, Galapagos Ecuador & Galapagos
Get up close to sea lions, dolphins and marine iguanas whilst snorkelling in the flourishing waters. The Galapagos is the perfect destination for families to explore togeher.

Classic Ecuador

9 Days
from £2,810
per person
Cuenca, Ecuador Ecuador & Galapagos
Vist the lively Andean Market town of Otavalo and view the extraordinary wildlife of the Cotopaxi & El Cajas National Parks.
An Iguana on a branch, Ecuador and Galapagos islands Ecuador & Galapagos
Combine unforgettable visits to the Amazon rainforest, the Ecuadorian cloud forest and the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands, in the company of expert local guides who will ensure the very best wildlife experience.

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands in Style

15 Days
from £8,518
per person
Otavalo Indian children, Ecuador Ecuador & Galapagos
Travelling in style through Ecuador you will have privileged access to a cloud forest reserve, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the Galápagos Islands aboard a luxury vessel.

CHARLIE LOCKWOOD

Latin America Specialist

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