Visit Ecuador and discover more about its diverse cultures, landscapes and superb wildlife – including Galapagos – with our fantastic holidays.
Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries, making it an ideal country to move around between its incredible travel highlights.
Enjoy tours to the Amazon rainforest and the next day be next to snow-capped giants in the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Cloud forest, ancient Andean cultures and wonderful hikes are found all over this country, which is about the size of the United Kingdom.
All this before we mention the Galapagos Islands, a short flight to a world of unbelievable wildlife and volcanic formations.
Ecuador is perfect for active travellers, wildlife enthusiasts and families looking to maximise their Andean experience.
The colonial Unesco World Heritage Old Town of Quito is a place to soak up the atmosphere with its colourful indigenous markets and remains of a rich Inca and pre-Inca past.
Visitors to Amazon rainforest eco-lodges see local tribes survive using the jungle’s plants while spotting monkeys, macaws and more on tours with native guides.
Ecuador also offers white water rafting, whale watching and surfing on the Pacific coast, as well as some excellent horse riding.
For climbers, there are the mighty peaks of Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo to tackle, fine ice-clad mountains great for beginners and experts alike.
Don’t forget to read our Ecuador Travel Highlights Guide.
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Below you will find a few of the many attractions Ecuador has to offer for your holiday.
Cotopaxi National Park is dominated by the almost perfect cone shape of Cotopaxi (5,897m/19,347ft), an active volcano and the second highest mountain in Ecuador after Chimborazo.
The national park is well worth a visit for trekking in the foothills, climbing smaller peaks like Ruminahui, downhill mountain biking, horse riding or just enjoying the National Park itself.
The surrounding páramo is good for bird watching – you may see condors soaring above.
There are lots of lovely hacienda and mountain refugios to stay at in and around the park, and from which there are a variety of walks, horse rides and bike rides for all levels.
Ecuador’s cloud forest covers its rolling hillsides as they descend from the high Andean plateaus into the rain forest or down to the Pacific coast.
Most of this tropical forest lies between 1,200-2,700m/3,937-8,858ft above sea level, an evergreen, lush and moist forest, teeming with bird and insect life.
Much of the cloud forest is readily accessible from Quito making it perfect a 2 or 3-day stay.
There are many lodges with virgin forest, home to a dazzling variety of hummingbirds, refreshing waterfalls for swimming, zip lining and wildlife walks.
The humming birds, Cock of the Rock and the chance of spotting larger mammals such as the spectacled bears are just some of the attractions of spending some time in this amazing ecosystem.
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FANTASTIC! The trip was magical, magnificent and great fun and much of that is credit to you for helping us build such a wonderful holiday.
All of our guides and drivers were excellent but of course some were more exceptional than others. The driver who took us around on our last day in Cusco was better than most guides.
Coral I, Galapagos – On Galapagos we had 2 absolutely brilliant guides.
The boat was excellent and although the itinerary had changed slightly we had a fantastic array of experiences on many different islands. The accommodation was good and we are very pleased we upgraded. Being downstairs helped on those nights that the boat was moving in choppy waters as it only has a 2m draught and so can sway quite heavily.
Food was unbelievably good and plentiful given the limited resources. Extra snacks were provided when we came back from swimming/snorkelling and hot drinks were available 24 hours.
We had a memorable holiday and we thank you for all you did to make it work so well.
In summary, it was terrific and we have already, and will continue to sing the praises of Andean Trails.
D Levy, UK, 2017
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Larry and Gillian are coming to the end of their month of travelling with Andean Trails in Patagonia. We put together a tour designed to take them off-the-beaten-track – read the first instalment in their blog – covering Santiago and Aysen and remote border crossings. Once in Argentina, Gillian and Larry trekked to the base of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, and took a day tour to Perito Moreno. They then set off for Torres del Paine on a self-guided trek. Their tour has ended with a few days in Ushuaia and a flight out from Buenos Aires. Check their progress below …
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