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Ecuador, offers stunning Spanish colonial cities, indigenous villages with weekly local markets, the dense jungle of the Amazon rainforest, breathtaking peaks of the Andes, and the ecological marvel of the Galapagos Islands. The volcanic archipelago of the Galapagos Islands is truly its greatest treasure, with a huge diversity of unique wildlife that remains friendly to humans. While the Galapagos may be a big attraction for visitors, mainland Ecuador is also worth exploring with its stunning mountain vistas, colonial history, traditional communities and vibrant local culture.

The soundtrack to Ecuador is a collection of South America's greatest hits; the crunch of leaves under foot as an exotic animal wakes from its afternoon slumber, the piercing cries of colourful birds in the misty Amazon, the bellows of far-off smoldering volcanoes and the rhythmic clatter of sluggish trains rumbling along rickety mountain-side tracks.

There's the gentle ripple of Pacific coast waves lapping a tranquil golden beach, the flutter of pigeon wings in a leafy colonial era square, the hauntingly beautiful harmonies of traditional Andean music and the hustle and bustle of markets in sleepy hillside villages. Ecuador is a mosaic decorated with colonial gems and packed with miles upon miles of verdant rainforest. Best of all though, are the magnificent Galápagos Islands waiting to be discovered offshore, taking you closer to nature and friendly wildlife, than you ever thought possible.

We invite you to browse our selection of Ecuador and Galapagos holidays below. These itineraries have been carefully planned by our destination specialists to optimise your time and provide a deeper perspective on Ecuador.

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Wildlife

For wildlife lovers and bird-watchers, there are few better places to indulge your passion than Ecuador, and in particular the Galapagos Island archipelago, home to remarkable creatures.

Andean Landscapes

The Andean highland region runs through the heart of the country, charactarised by snow-capped mountain peaks, immense volcanoes and traditional agriculture.

Amazon

The Ecuadorian Amazon can be explored via specialist lodges or cruises, bringing you closer to nature and giving an authentic insight into life in the world's biggest rainforest.

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Where to Visit in Ecuador & Galapagos
Popular locations and hidden gems

Galapagos Islands

This stunning archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory of evolution, provides unique opportunities for viewing wildlife at clo…

Ecuadorian Amazon

Trips here are offer a combination of wildlife spotting, endless beautiful scenery and cultural discoveries.

Tren Crucero

Travel in ultimate style between the Andes and the Pacific Coast with the magnificent Tren Crucero, the jewel in the crown of…

Quito

Quito's colonial centre is one of the continent's finest, with magnificent baroque churches and large squares.

The Avenue of Volcanoes, Cotopaxi & Riobamba

The road South of Quito is known as the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', and passes through the highlands, between towering snow-ca…

The Northern Sierra

It is well worth travelling north for an extended stay in the Otavalo region, with the famous market, stunning scenery and th…

Cuenca

Nestled in the Andes mountains, at the end of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, lies the timeless city of Cuenca.

Machalilla National Park

This coastal national park, often overlooked in favour of the Galapagos Islands, actually offers a fantastic mix of hiking, w…

Bellavista Cloud Forest

Here you can see several species of hummingbirds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals, all present in the area.

Guayaquil

Guayaquil is the access point to the Galapagos Islands, known for its attractive riverfront promenade, regenerated downtown a…

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