Our Ecuador and Galapagos holidays are a unique opportunity to get up close to wildlife. They inspired Darwin’s evolution theory and continue to be well preserved and protected despite their popularity. However travel to Ecuador need not mean you only visit the Galapagos islands. The mainland offers colonial towns, jungle and volcanoes and because it is much smaller than the other South American countries is easier to get around. Our tailor-made Ecuador and Galapagos holidays have huge scope to show you more than just the obvious highlights.
World class wildlife and volcanic scenery of the Galapagos islands, Waterfalls and countless birds in the dense cloud forest and Amazon jungle. Indigenous culture and life of the Andes.
Peru – it’s less than a 2 hour flight from Guayaquil to Lima. Or go overland and see lesser explored northern Peru. There are also direct flights to Santiago de Chile.
Both the mainland and Galapagos islands can be visited year round. January to April is the wetter season on the mainland but a good time for the islands. Even during this time showers are usually isolated and in the afternoons. Ecuador is a mountainous country so if in doubt be prepared for all weathers.
Galapagos islands is a year round destination but January to May is the drier time. Seas can be rougher in August than at other times of the year.
The local currency is the US dollar (USD $)
ATMs are only available in larger towns. Make sure that you exchange bigger notes for smaller ones when you can, i.e. in a bank, as it is often difficult to find change.
You should visit your family doctor and check that you are up to date with your immunisations for typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for Ecuador at the current time but vaccination for yellow fever as well as medication for malaria may be recommended for Amazon regions. Vaccination requirements are subject to change. Check with your doctor or local travel clinic.
Visa and entry requirements are subject to change and you should check with your consulate for the latest rules before you travel.
Make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport before traveling to Ecuador.
UK, US, Canadian and Australian citizens do not currently require a visa to enter Ecuador as a tourist and are granted a 3 month stay upon arrival.
GMT – 5 hours
Average flight time to Quito is 15 hours. There are no direct flights from the UK to Ecuador; you can fly via Europe, the USA or Bogota.
Browse our ideas for tailor-made Chile holidays including multi-country itineraries. Pick a standard itinerary or tell us about your likes, dislikes and must-dos and we will create your perfect trip. We don’t do set group departure dates, all of our trips can start on whichever date suits you best.
Get up close to the iconic birds and animals of the Galapagos islands on this week long small boat cruise.
An adventurous off beat trip exploring mainland Ecuador. Stay in a remote Amazon lodge and hike through mountains and traditional villages.
Combine some of the best wildlife and iconic South American sites that the continent has to offer.
Explore the enchanted islands on an 8 day cruise on board this traditional 3 mast barquentine sailing ship.
Prices start based on 3 star hotels. Browse our collection for more options and upgrade ideas.
A traditional sailing boat with ample social areas for a boat of this type. One of few sailing ships in the Galapagos islands.
Comfortable Galapagos cruise ship carrying 20 passengers. There are 3 decks with pleasant social spaces.
A characterful colonial style hotel along one of Quito’s most interesting streets.
A remote Amazon ecolodge at the headwaters of the Amazon. It is run by the Huaorani people, one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth.
A traditional working farm dating back to the 16th Century.
A beautiful, peaceful beachfront hotel to either relax in or use as a base to explore the Galapagos islands.
A luxury cocoon in pristine cloud forest.
1920s grandeur and colonial architecture combine in this converted family mansion. It overlooks a plaza in the heart of the colonial district.
This hotel is in a converted colonial building.
This popular hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, spa with hydromassage a gym and 4 restaurants.
This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.
Lorraine traveled on Hebridean Sky. Find out more here.