"Ecuador is like South America in miniature, a nation defined by both the Andes and the Amazon, with a beguiling blend of colonial charm, vibrant indigenous culture and some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Ecuador

Ecuador is like South America in miniature, a nation defined by both the Andes and the Amazon, with a beguiling blend of colonial charm, vibrant indigenous culture and some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. Named after the Equator on which it sits, it’s a country with a surprisingly diverse landscape, from the jungles and cloud forests of the interior to the snow-capped peaks of the sierra. Cities like Quito and Cuenca typify what makes Ecuador special, fusing beautiful Spanish colonial architecture with bustling Andean markets, while the jungles of the Oriente are home to indigenous communities that still practise shamanism.

Ecuador’s crown jewels are the incomparable Galapagos Islands, the volcanic archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The islands are home to an amazing array of unique endemic species, from the gaudy blue-footed booby to the dinosaur-like marine iguana, the world’s only seafaring lizard. Access to this fragile habitat is carefully controlled so the animals have no fear of humans, allowing you to observe them at close quarters, almost as if you were in your own David Attenborough documentary.

 

Touring Highlights of Ecuador

  • Explore the attractive colonial centre and indigenous markets of Quito, Ecuador’s fascinating capital situated high up in the Andes.
  • Otavalo is renowned for its colourful market, which dates back to before the time of the Incas. The sight of so many people in traditional costume makes this a popular tourist attraction, but it remains an authentic Andean cultural crossroads.
  • Ecuador’s misty cloud forest is a more accessible alternative to the Amazon, rich in wildlife and crisscrossed by walking trails, with some fabulous eco-lodges where you can base yourself for a few nights.
  • The wildlife of the Galapagos is remarkable not just for its diversity, but for the incredible lack of fear that the animals display towards humans.
  • The geology of the Galapagos is equally fascinating, with landscapes that vary dramatically from island to island: you’ll see everything from barren lava fields and vast underwater craters to lush vegetation and white sand beaches.

 

Tour Types in Ecuador


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13 Nights

Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps

Unique trekking amid the volcanic Galapagos archipelago and enjoy in this tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £112pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil Airport
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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13 Nights

Machu Picchu & Galapagos

Discover Peru's 'Lost City of the Incas' and Ecuador's 'Enchanted Isles'

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £139pp
Starts:Cuzco
Ends:Guayaquil Airport
Group Size:2- 14
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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13 Nights

Andes to Amazon

The best of mainland Ecuador: wildlife, jungles, volcanoes and the coast

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £65pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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13 Nights

Ecuador Discovery

Explore the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' and discover the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca on this fascinating trip to Ecuador.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £48pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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14 Nights

Galapagos & Amazon

Ecuador's contrasting ecosystems, from the Amazon jungle to the Galapagos archipelago.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £152pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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16 Nights

Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

The best of the Galapagos islands' scenery and wildlife

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £179pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:2- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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15 Nights

Ecuador & the Galapagos

16 Days - Worldwide Tour

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £102pp
Difficulty:Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.
Operator:Riviera Travel

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Ecuador & the Galapagos

16 Days - Worldwide Tour

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £72pp
Difficulty:Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.
Operator:Riviera Travel

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14 Nights

Volcanoes and Galapagos

On this trip we combine the main highlights of Ecuador with a visit to the 'Enchanted Isles' of the Galapagos, staying in hotels on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands. We visit a bustling Indian market in Otavalo, tour the colonial capital Quito and explore the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes. We also discover the captivating world of the Galapagos Archipelago as we search for rare species of wildlife.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £74pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:0- 15
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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14 Nights

Machu Picchu and Galapagos

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £89pp
Starts:Cusco
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:0- 15
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Galapagos Island Hopping

​The holiday of a lifetime for nature lovers as explore Ecuador's cloud forest and stay on three of the Galapagos Islands.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £106pp
Starts:Galapagos Islands
Ends:Galapagos Islands
Group Size:0- 25
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Travelsphere

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Natural Wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos

​This holiday of a lifetime is a must for lovers of nature. Explore Ecuador's incredible cloud forest, before discovering remarkable landscapes and unique wildlife when you stay on three of the UNESCO-listed Galapagos Islands.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £130pp
Group Size:0- 15
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Just You

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