Holidays to Ecuador

Ecuador may be small but it still packs a punch. It’s jam-packed full of fascinating wildlife, mesmerising scenery and a diverse mix of people waiting to welcome you with open arms.

For some adventure, head to the Ecuadorian Andes, where you’ll see rolling green hills to mountain bike on, villages you can drop into, and the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes where you can scale Ecuador's highest peaks. For some culture, head to Quito, the treasured capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll get to see Ecuador’s colonial heritage in the Old Town.

The Galapagos Islands are probably the most popular attraction in Ecuador, and are overflowing with wildlife. Expect to see giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species. Inland, a visit to the Amazon is an adventurer's dream; from the winding river to the dense canopies bursting with varied plant life, it won't disappoint. Meanwhile the Cloud Forest offers guided nature trails, dramatic waterfalls and exotic birds to keep twitchers happy for days.

Highlights

  • Discover Quito's Old Town with its beautiful architecture and views of the perfectly conical Cotopaxi volcano

  • Explore the UNESCO Galapagos Islands, one of the world's most diverse wildlife areas with an amazing array of species including giant tortoises, flamingos and penguins

  • Check out Mashpi Cloud Forest - a protected zone that's ideal for birdwatching and taking scenic treks to remote waterfalls

Key info

  • Capital City: Quito

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: United States Dollar

  • Time difference: -5 hrs

  • Flight time: 15 hours to Quito via Amsterdam/Madrid

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Ecuador trip ideas

Here are some trip ideas to Ecuador. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Places to go in Ecuador

Here are some of the top places to visit in Ecuador. Need some help deciding where to go? Call us now on: 01483 319 333

Map of Ecuador

When to go to Ecuador

Ecuador may be small but its got four distinct climate zones, each with its own weather patterns. This makes it an ideal year round destination, where you'll find something to enjoy whenever you go. Peak seasons are usually dictated by European and American holiday periods, and if you did want to go during these times (e.g. the school holidays), remember to book in advance. A good time to visit Ecuador is in May; the Galápagos islands will have clear waters, the Andes will be dry and the Amazon won't be as rain. Call our Travel Designers now to start planning your holiday to Ecuador: 01483 319 333

January

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Good time to visit the Galápagos with warm waters and calmer seas, although it may be quite rainy. The beaches will see bursts of sunshine on the Pacific Coast.  

February

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Wet but warm and pleasant in the the Galápagos, the Andes region and the Pacific Coast. The Amazon will be very rainy though.  

March

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Wet but warm and sunny in the Andes, Pacific Coast and Galápagos region. The Amazon and marshy lowlands will see high levels of rainfall.  

April

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One of the best times to go. Warm and pleasant with some rain across the Andes, Pacific Coast and Galápagos regions.  

May

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A good time to visit Ecuador. The Galápagos islands will have clear waters, the Andes will be dry and the Amazon won't be as rainy.  

June

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Start of dry season for most regions, although it may feel chilly in places. A good time for whale watching, they are known to jump in and out of the water.  

July

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Dry season with chilly spells. Good time for bird watching in Genovesa Island and whale and dolphin watching on the Pacific Coast regions.  

August

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Dry season with chilly spells. Best time for jungle treks with a dryer climate in the Oriente regions. 10th of August is Independence day with lots of festivities.  

September

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Dry season with chilly spells. Good time for jungle treks, whale and dolphin watching and birdwatching.  

October

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Good time for jungle trekking in the Oriente, seeing albatrosses and penguins in the Galápagos Islands, and whale watching at Puerto Lopez.  

November

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Best time to swim with baby sea lions and bird watch in the Galápagos Islands, jungle trekking in the Oriente and festivities in Latacunga.  

December

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Start of the wet season, but a good time to visit the Galápagos Islands, the Pacific Coast regions and is a good time to see giant tortoises hatching,