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Ecuador sits astride the Equator, where its relatively tiny size belies its staggering geographical diversity, from a battalion of snow-smothered Andean volcanic peaks to luscious Amazon rainforests. The wild Pacific beaches are fringed with exuberant vegetation pulsating with wildlife.

The Galápagos Islands, which also form part of Ecuador’s territory - are located a couple of hours flight from Ecuador's coast. Born from volcanoes thrusting their way through the surface of the waters, the clutch of alternately sun-baked and misty islands of twisted lava, jagged cliffs and scrubby forest seem an unlikely habitat for wildlife. But a phenomenal array of trusting bird and reptile species, not to mention undersea marine animals, have settled and evolved here, to the delight of visitors from Darwin onwards. 

Mainland Ecuador is compact and easy to get around. Roads are invariably scenic and journeys are of a comfortable length. Short domestic flights and a recently refurbished railway complete the transport network. It is one of the continent’s most traditional countries; there’s a strong indigenous tradition in the highland villages, with cottage crafts and hand-woven textiles piled high in the lively markets and Quito is  a most impressive colonial city. Ecuador is especially attractive if you are looking to take part in outdoor activities, visit local communities, enjoy breathtaking nature and relax in country farms or haciendas in exquisite scenery.

Experience Ecuador on its own or combine it with a wind-down on a sunlit chalk-white beach in the balmy Galápagos islands or a Galápagos cruise.

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Our insider tips for Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Most people rightly expect to be blown away by the sheer amount of guaranteed wildlife on display on the Galápagos Islands and great photography opportunities abound! Less expected is that the marine life is just as dramatic! Bring a GoPro and you will be able to capture lasting memories of snorkeling with playful sea lions, of being surrounded by curious sea turtles, of watching Eagle rays glide gracefully through the water and even of hammerhead sharks lurking down below!

Margot

Margot Chard

Otavaleños are famed for their weaving, and Otavalo is a great place for souvenir shopping on any day of the week. However, on Saturdays you can witness one of the most authentic and colourful markets in the country. Dressed in their distinctive traditional costume, locals come down from their tiny farms in the mountains to buy and sell their produce as they have done since pre-Inca times. The frenetic haggling at the livestock market starts at dawn, so stay in a nearby hacienda the night before as this very local experience winds down a few hours later.

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Ben Line

Best known for the Galápagos, Ecuador is a country of fantastically contrasting landscapes and cultures, and travelling through the stunning Andean mountainscapes and being immersed in the rich colonial history and traditional indian communities shouldn’t be missed. The Amazon is yet another world - one where you’ll see many exotic animals, including spider monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths and dazzling macaws and where you’ll learn all about the medicinal use of plants by the tribes inhabiting the rainforest. So, do visit the Galápagos, but don't ignore the mainland!


Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

Ecuador’s newly restored rail network now allows you to discover the verdant beauty of rural Ecuador and its tiny traditional hamlets, its many perfectly formed snow-capped volcanos and its steamy tropical lowlands entirely from the comfort and convenience of a train’s viewing carriage on a series of multi-day itineraries. However, if you are short on time or your dates don’t fit, fans of rail travel and spectacular scenery should at least do the world-famous Devil’s Nose section of railway that zig-zags its way impossibly down a near-vertical Andean mountainside.

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I spent three months living in Ecuador and loved every minute of it.  It’s a small and eye-catching country, easy to get around and a great introduction to Andean culture and landscapes. As a student, I was working in Quito during the week and would escape at the weekend to visit the markets, the cloud-forest and the surrounding towns and cities. I was keen to pack in as many experiences as I could: the week I spent at the hippy, surfers’ paradise Montañita on the coast stands out as did my birthday dinner in La Boca del Lobo, a whacky yet cool restaurant near the centre of Quito.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

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