Ecuador & The Galapagos

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From the Andes, through the Amazon rainforest and across the sea to unique marine habitats, explore the culture, colours and contrasts of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Sitting nearly 3000 metres above sea level in the highlands of the Andes, Ecuador’s capital Quito is a breath-taking city, in more ways than one. As a vibrant urban centre full of grand squares, museums, pristine churches and colonial architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site oozes history. But that’s not all, dig a little deeper and discover this city’s cosmopolitan side, with quirky neighbourhoods and a buzzing culinary scene.

Within an hour of two of the capital city, you can find amazing experiences amongst the mountains. The Cotopaxi National Park is home to one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Here you can explore the area on an adventurous hike or on horseback, guided by the local cowboys in the Andes known as the Chagras. Take your journey to another level with a trip to the Mindo cloud forest. Share this sacred place with the rare plants and endangered birds and experience jungle life from a new perspective.

Capital City

Quito

Local Time

GMT -5

Currency

USD

Language

Spanish

Best time to visit

Dec → May

Highlights

Spend a few days surrounded by lush rainforest, exotic flora and fauna and the ancient traditions and cultures of the Amazon. By boat along the Jatunyacu River or on foot across the rich forest floor, you can meet local communities, visit cocoa farmers, and try your hand at fishing the traditional way. With luxury haciendas and comfortable forest cabins along the way, your adventure becomes a multifaceted journey of discovery.

The Galapagos Islands and Marine Reserve is an unmissable part of your journey to Ecuador and a once in a lifetime trip for many travellers. Nature lovers will be in awe of the unique opportunities to experience animals in their pristine natural habitat in this fascinating, unparalleled corner of the globe. Meet the guardians of these islands, walk the beautiful landscapes, learn their culture and their dedication to sustainable tourism. Then hop on a boat and see spectacular marine life including whales, sharks and sea turtles on an exclusive cruise that experienced divers will love.

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