Ecuador Destination Guide
From the extraordinary and awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands, to the Oriente – Ecuador's own piece of the Amazon basin – to the historic city of Quito, Ecuador is a diverse and unique place to travel.
There are many different types of Ecuador holidays to choose from. Whether your passion is to travel independently with a backpack or you'd prefer to join one of the many Ecuador tours to explore this captivating country – it's a place that will reward and amaze at every turn.
Ecuador has such an amazing range of experiences and diverse scenery that any Ecuador Travel Guide can only offer selected highlights. Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of Quito Old Town, haggle at one of the biggest open air markets in Otavalo, hang out with iguanas at Parque Bolívar in the bustling city of Guayaquil and explore the galleries and restaurants of the beautiful UNESCO city Cuenca. Book your flights to Ecuador and start planning a South American sojourn today!
Do not miss a trip to the breathtaking Galapagos Islands, which so enchanted naturalist Charles Darwin. Swim with penguins, turtles and sea lions and observe some of the world's most unique species of animals. As you sail around these isolated and enchanting volcanic islands look out for the iconic blue-footed boobies and marvel at spectacular island landscapes. One of the best launching pads for the islands is Quito, Ecuador's bustling capital. While in Quito take time to explore the labyrinthine streets, watch the world stroll by in Plaza Grande or head to the 'New Town' and visit one of the great restaurants or bars in Mariscal. Travel to the nearby 'middle of the world' at Mitad del Mundo to stand on the equator.
Head into the stunning Andean highlands, hike through traditional villages, see spectacular green valleys and snow-covered volcanoes. The adventurous might consider climbing the challenging Cotopaxi volcano, although with an altitude of 5,897-metres it's not for the faint of heart! Spend time in Baños, the 'adventure capital' of Ecuador and soak in the thermal baths. Hire a quad bike and tour the stunning area, see the beautiful waterfall, go white water rafting or simply relax and keep watch on the active Tungurahua volcano that casts its shadow over the town.
Venture down into the Oriente and explore the dense Amazon rainforest. Set out on the rivers and see monkeys, toucans, river dolphins, sloths and other incredible creatures. Meet some of indigenous tribes and see how they live – you can't help but marvel at the amazing biodiversity of this incredible region.
Picturesque Ecuador is a place to see something entirely different and escape from everything you know, so book your flights to this South American wonderland today.