Visit Ecuador

Set right on the equator line, Ecuador is a small country with a lot to offer. The Andes Highlands, with the UNESCO-rated colonial towns of Quito and Cuenca, snow-capped volcanoes and national parks. The Amazon and its dense green rainforests, indigenous cultures and rich biodiversity. The laid-back beach towns and humid jungles of the Pacific coast. And, of course, the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos Islands. Hike, sail and feast your way around this welcoming country with a tour created just for you.

Incredible experiences

Thank you Hugh so much for the most incredible experiences that you have shared with us in your beautiful country. From picking us up from Quito airport, Otavalo market, the cloud forests in Mashpi to travelling south through the valley of the volcanoes and experiencing the Inca settlements, and so much more. All amazing!! Thanks … Read more "Incredible experiences"

Michael & Helen
April, 2016

Everything was perfect

I just want to let you know that everything was perfect on our trip. All the connections and transfers worked like clockwork and we were so well taken care of at Sacha Lodge and on the Mary Anne. A most enjoyable trip. I can’t wait to return to Ecuador. Thanks again for all your help.

Jill
November, 2016

Fantastic in every way

The trip was fantastic in every way. Silvia, our naturalist was phenomenal, the weather was amazing as were the sights, the animals, the snorkeling, food etc etc! It was a great bunch of folks on the ship with a small number of younger folk to create some good energy! I loved every minute of the … Read more "Fantastic in every way"

Michele
April, 2016

Ecuador highlights

  • Step back in time in the World Heritage City of Quito, with its beautifully preserved historic centre
  • Hike the serenely beautiful El Cajas National Park, with its inviting trails and over 200 lagoons
  • Stand at the ‘Mitad del Mundo’, the monument that marks the line of the equator
  • Spend a day at Ingapirca, home to the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador
  • Explore the Galapagos, an archipelago of volcanic islands, on a fascinating cruise
  • Trek along the Avenue of Volcanoes, passing through Andean valleys surrounded by volcanoes and snow-covered mountains.
  • Browse the colourful market of Otavalo, Ecuador’s largest indigenous market, for local handcrafted souvenirs
  • Stay away from civilization in the Ecuadorian Amazon and get a local guide to show you the jungle wilderness
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Unforgettable experiences – our insider suggestions to the best things to do in Ecuador.

Try local life in the Amazon basin

Check into an ecolodge in the lowland rainforest of the Amazon basin and get acquainted with the indigenous communities and the rhythm of their daily lives.

Amazon basin Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

Discover historic Quito on foot

Get off the beaten path and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the real Ecuadorian capital on a Quito walking tour.

Take a guided tour of the cloud forest

Follow your naturalist guide on this cloud forest tour, your introduction to the local bird species who thrive in this environment.

Cloud forest, Ecuador
Panama hats, Ecuador

Browse local headwear at a hat factory

Spoiler: Panama hats actually originate in Ecuador. Tour a hat factory in the city of Cuenca and buy one to take home.

Take a weaving lesson from the experts

Learn about ancient weaving techniques from the indigenous Saraguro people, whose age-old traditions and customs are still proudly maintained to this day.

Traditional weaving, Ecuador
Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Hike around an active volcano

Investigate the lower slopes of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, on foot or on horseback. Keep an eye out for the Andean Condor as you go.

Meet the wild islanders

Swim with sea turtles, penguins and reef sharks, and watch the distinctive dance of the blue-footed booby in the Galapagos Islands.

Turtle swimming in Ecuador
Baños, Ecuador

Discover Baños – your way

Relax in the hot thermal springs of Baños, or trek off into the surrounding mountains, where you can choose something much more energetic, such as canyoning or white-water rafting.

Take the Condor Trek

This five-day hike, led by a professional mountain guide and crew, gives you fantastic views of the surrounding volcanoes, mountain lakes and alpine vegetation. You’ll also see Antisana, one of the highest volcanoes in Ecuador, and if you’re lucky, the biggest bird of the Andes, the condor.

Condor in Equador
Traditional dish from Ecuador

Feast like an Ecuadorian

Take a taste tour of the local cuisine, trying tree tomato juice, or roasted cuy, guinea pig served whole, crisp and crackling..

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