Our Ecuador cultural holidays show you the numerous highlights of this diverse Andean country. Whether history, art, music, crafts, food or indigenous cultures, there is much to see and do. We choose the best cultural guides to show you around.
For history lovers visit Ecuador’s historic city centres. Ibarra, Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil have fine examples of Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful old churches and government buildings. The Inca legacy can be seen at Ingapirca, a fabulous site near Cuenca with a temple and sections of Inca trail, or visit the Inca fortress near Cotopaxi.
On your visit to culturally rich Ecuador you will come across several indigenous groups. The Afroecuadorians have their own cultural roots, particularly in music, dance, and religious beliefs. Other distinct groups are the highland Otavaleños, known for their merchant skills and musical talent. If you visit the Amazon on your holiday to Ecuador you may come across people from tribal groups such as Cofán, Siona-Secoya, Huaorani and Shuar, all with distinct traditions. The local people are proud of their traditions and keen to show interested visitors their way of life, their dress and their music.
Visit Otavalo market for crafts and a huge array of local produce, watch traditional biscuit makers in Cayambe and eat the best bizcocha with fresh cheese, buy leather products at artisan stores, or lace from lace makers near Ibarra, watch the world famous Tigua artists at work as they paint in miniature on sheep skin near Quilatoa.
From coastal people to highland farmers, skilled cowboys to Amazon tribes, such cultural richness makes for a colourful holiday. You can get beneath the surface, meet the people and learn about these fascinating cultures when you visit Ecuador on a cultural holiday with an expert local guide.
Our trip was truly bespoke and successful because from the first you listened really carefully to me as I stumbled towards describing what we wanted from a new destination.
You asked insightful questions, you extended our horizons and your suggestions showed that you were doing your best (and you had the expertise) to shape a trip to our tastes, interests and abilities.
R. Maughan, Tailor Made Ecuador
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Our guides were all excellent, knowledgeable, pleasant and on time. The accommodations were all very nice, especially so in Cuenca.
We enjoyed out time in Salinas and the drive there from Cuenca. It's hard to pick out a high point. There were things we enjoyed at each point along the way. Galapagos was a lot of fun and interesting for both of us.
M. Lang , USA, 2014
» Tailor Made Ecuador and Galapagos
Hi Tom - currently at Quito airport waiting for my journey home. Just wanted to let you know that the riding was FANTASTIC and the Galapagos trip was WONDERFUL!
It was all a highlight really! The riding week was fantastic in terms of the setting / organisation/ quality of leadership / quality of horses and group composition.
And ditto in relation to the Galapagos Islands trip!
Sally was an excellent and knowledgeable guide - as was Martha on the Angelito.
Rachel Balen, UK, 2017
» Angelito Cruise Boat, Galapagos Islands
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