Ecuador - Best Tours & Trips 2019

578 Ecuador tours from 116 tour companies. 514 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Ecuador is a small country with a diverse range of attractions. It is blessed with the Andes mountains, Amazon basin jungles; gem-like Spanish colonial-era cities, a tropical coastline, and the Galapagos Islands, which inspired Darwin's Theory of Evolution and remains one of the great wildlife-viewing areas of the world.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Active Ecuador Short - Multisport Trip

ROW Adventures
Preferred
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5 days
$ 492 / day
$ 2,460
From : $ 3,321
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore lakeside landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park
  • Visit upper montane cloud forest of Yanacocha
  • Drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Ecuador Quest

G Adventures
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8 days
$ 80 / day
$ 584
From : $ 860
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Get your adrenaline pumping in adventurous baños
  • Feel like a local at an amazon homestay
  • Soak in the hot springs at papallacta
  • Explore colonial quito
Visits:
Quito, Otavalo, Ecuador
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Jewels of the Andes | Exploring the Andes

4 days
$ 140 / day
$ 560
From : $ 756
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit to the Center of Interpretation where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna of the park
  • Enjoy your way to Chimborazo National Park
  • Opportunity to visit the hotsprings
  • Exploration of the town of Baños and the valley of the waterfalls
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ecuador Amazon Wilderness- 4d (Sacha Lodge)

Intrepid Travel
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4 days
$ 588 / day
$ 2,690
From : $ 2,891
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • This trip takes you to the heart of Ecuador's Amazon Basin. Set in the remote rainforest, Sacha Lodge is a haven for nature lovers, birdwatchers, scientists and adventure seekers
  • Caiman, otters, sloths, hoatzin, monkeys, capybaras, anacondas... the Amazon is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on Earth
  • As well as comfortable accommodation and luxurious meals, your expert guides will enhance your experience with their unique knowledge of the Amazon
  • Explore the rainforest on various jungle treks, canopy walks and dugout canoe safaris, or relax in a hammock at the lodge. It's up to you to customise how active you'd like this trip to be
Visits:
Quito, Ecuador
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A Taste of Ecuador: From Sky to Forest to Sea

11 days
$ 373 / day
$ 4,098
From : $ 5,041
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Quito
  • Discover Cotopaxi National park
  • Experience walking near Pita River
  • Visit Santa Cruz Island and Bartolome Island
  • Explore Yasuni National Park and Visit Indigenous Community 
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, Galapagos, Isla Baltra, Isla Bartolome, Isla Floreana, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Highlights of Ecuador & Peru

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
28 days
$ 119 / day
$ 3,925
From : $ 4,670
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Set into the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America and a great place to kick of your adventure
  • Hike through the Amazon rainforest and sample fruit, chocolate and if you’re brave enough, tree worms in a local indigenous farming community
  • Seeing the enigmatic Nazca Lines is an incredible experience, whether they’re the work of ancient civilizations or something more supernatural
  • Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a majestic destination, no matter how you get there
  • Through a vast Andean valley lies the Colca Canyon, home to the mighty Andean condor. See these magnificent beasts go about their morning routines at sunrise
  • The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the lake and spend the night with a local family in a traditional island community
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Arequipa, Cuenca, Cusco, Inca Trail, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Quito, San Francisco, Nazca, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru
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Galapagos Kayaking Expedition

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 554 / day
$ 4,990
From : $ 6,737
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands than on one of our land-based Galapagos tours. 
  • Enjoy this tour, you kayak almost every day, starting with shorter paddles, building up to two full days of paddling while moving from one camp to another on the island of San Cristobal. 
  • If kayaking is your passion, you are sure to love this tour which is limited to just 8 guests giving you a more intimate experience on the islands. 
  • Join in the fun as we set up camp each day, spend our nights falling asleep to the sounds of ocean waves, and wake up under the magical Galapagos sky.
  • Explore Santa Cruz to a private farm to see the giant Galapagos tortoise. 
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Summits of Ecuador

World Expeditions
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16 days
$ 212 / day
$ 3,399
From : $ 4,759
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Climb Chimborazo (6310m), Ecuador's highest volcano and the farthest point from the Earth's centre
  • Climb Cotopaxi (5897m), one of the highest active volcanoes in the world
  • Climb Illiniza Norte (5125m), the northern of the two popular Illiniza peaks, and Ecuador's 8th highest mountain
  • Improve your mountaineering skills with hands-on glacier training
  • Undertake a fully supported expedition with expert mountain guides
  • Ride the Devil's Nose Train
  • Discover the culture of Ecuador with market visits & Quito city tour
  • Stay overnight in the community of Pondoa for a true Ecuadorian experience
Visits:
Cotopaxi, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Andes to Amazon

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 207 / day
$ 3,099
From : $ 4,184
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit colonial Quito, the Otavalo Indian market and Cuenca's UNESCO Heritage Reserve
  • Overnight in the peaceful Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Two nights to soak up the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Ride the famous 'Devil's Nose' train
  • Visit the ruins of Ingapirca and Cajas National Park
  • Take a mangrove boat trip by the Pacific Coast and visit a Cacao plantation
Visits:
Quito, Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Ultimate Ecuador & Peru Highlights

Global Basecamps
Premier
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28 days
$ 654 / day
$ 18,308
From : $ 20,871
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • This trip highlights the best of what Peru and Ecuador have to offer in Luxury and style
  • This 28-day itinerary has it all
  • From the jungles of the Amazon to the exotic wildlife in the Galapagos and the fascinating ancient ruins of Peru
Visits:
Galapagos, Quito, Ecuador, Peru
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Active Ecuador Adventure

Lost World Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,550
From : $ 4,047
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Quito
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Visit the Avenue of the Waterfalls and ride the traditional cable car across the Pastaza River
  • Experience great Pastaza River Rafting
Visits:
Quito, Ecuador
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Galapagos Islands: Wildlife Odyssey

Discover Corps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 490 / day
$ 4,895
From : $ 5,580
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Search for white-reef sharks, the Galápagos iguana, and more on world famous snorkeling sites
  • Relax at the beach of Tortuga Bay, famous for its expansive and pristine shoreline
  • Search for blue-footed boobies at Kicker Rock on San Cristobal Island
  • Enjoy a meal with a local fisherman and his family in the beautiful town of Cerro Brujo
  • Journey to Otavalo for a world-class artisan textile market, Andean instrument making lessons, and lunch with the people of Peguche
Visits:
Galapagos, Quito, San Cristobal, Ecuador
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Wild Ecuador: Wildlife and Culture from Galapagos ...

9 days
$ 394 / day
$ 3,542
From : $ 4,357
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover Baltra Island and Santa Cruz Island
  • Have a chance to kayak, snorkel and stand up paddleboard in Galapagos
  • Explore National Park and Marine Reserve
  • Don’t miss opportunity to see the Galapagos penguin’s, Sea turtles and sea lions
  • Visit Yasuni National Park
Visits:
Galapagos, Isla Baltra, Isla Floreana, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 189 / day
$ 1,699
From : $ 2,090
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the otavalo weaving studio and get a lesson from miguel andrango
  • Explore villages and learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from locals
  • Traverse the amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide
  • Learn about the relationship between cultures and the plants around them at the omaere ethnobotanical park
  • Be surrounded by towering volcanoes
Visits:
Cotopaxi, Otavalo, Quito, Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador
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M/Y Passion Cruises In The Galapagos

4 days
$ 763 / day
$ 3,050
From : $ 4,118
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Galapagos, Ecuador
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    Top Ecuador Experiences and Attractions

    Top Ecuador Experiences

    Taking a cruise to the Galapagos Islands

    Horseback riding through Ecuador’s scenic trails

    Learning more about unique Galapagos wildlife at the Giant Tortoise Reserve.

    Hiking in the Andes Mountains

    Exploring the Amazon Jungle

    Visiting the colorful city of Quito and shopping in amazing markets

    Learning about Ecuador’s fascinating culture


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    Ecuador Trip Reviews

    514 Ecuador Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 367
    Great 126
    Average 18
    Disappointing 3
    Terrible 0
    Value
    4.7
    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

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    What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 4.0

    My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.

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    Operator Peregrine Adventures

    Great trip for 3 generations of family

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Three genre rations of our family explored Quito and the Galapagos with Andean Discovery. The lodgings, food and guides exceeded our expectations. It was a very active trip for physically fit guests that included a tour of old city, hiking a volcano, a trip to the swim hole, 2 separate snorkeling trips, a bike ride and more animals than you can imagine. Our experienced and knowledable guides were able to adjust our tour to accommodate everyone from active 17 and 21 years old daughters, their parents, to their grandparents. Transportation around The islands is time consuming and difficult but our guides made everything’ feel seemless. The hotels were delightful, hospitable and accommodating, and we got the standard package. Our only regret is that we did not get to stay and extra night at Rincon de Pueblo, a hacienda in Quito at the end of the trip. It would have been a great place to relax and unwind. The food was delicious, fresh and plentiful and we had no problems meeting some specific dietary restrictions for our group because we let them know in advance. Still with all the food, we all lost a few pounds and added some muscle from all the fun activities. We will be touring with Andean Discovery again

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    Operator Andean Discovery

    Overall my experience with Acoss Argentina is excellent.

    5.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 4.0

    I like the way they plan my 23 days trip to South America tour in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Although we can enjoy more in Brazil but we have only 3 days left before we go back to Manila. Since our tour was made from our own IT expectation and budget, Acriss Argentina was able to fulfill our dream vacation in South America. We will use tgis agency again when we explore Patagonia and Antartica.

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    Operator Across South America

    Incredible experience with wonderful guides and breath-taking scenery.

    5.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    At first I was unsure about doing a tour here in Ecuador, but after my experience with Latin Adventures I can´t believe I hesitated! This is easily one of the best tours I´ve had the pleasure of doing. The town of Otavalo is lively and very pretty. There are indigenous handicrafts in every corner, all beautifully made. The highlight of this tour was La Laguna Cuicocha. One of the most beautiful landscapes I´ve experienced without a doubt. The hike around the lagoon is not difficult, just a little long. Absolutely worth it though for the views and the wildlife.

    I highly recommended anyone considering doing a tour to go through Latin Adventures. They were kind, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile.

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    Operator Latin Adventures

    It was INCREDIBLE!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    My family and I went on the Natural Paradise 8 Day B Cruise at the end of June-beginning of July 2017. It was INCREDIBLE! I cannot say enough good things about the entire trip. The boat was so nice with all of the amenities you could want. The food was so good too! The staff was so friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to make sure we had an excellent trip, and they made it really fun. Our naturalist was extremely knowledgeable and made sure he showed us and taught us as much as possible. The Galapagos is obviously amazing, and we saw incredible animals and nature. However, it truly was the staff on the Natural Paradise that made our trip. Thank you!!! I would highly recommend this trip, the Natural Paradise, and Royal Galapagos.

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    Operator Royal Galapagos

    A wonderful time on our trip to The Galapagos,

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We were very lucky as our flights out of Miami were booked on Avianca which is part of the Star Alliance. Javier and I are both Star Alliance Gold and they upgraded us from Miami to Bogota, gave us bulkhead or emergency exit row seating on the other flights and we were able to use their lounges. I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time on our trip to The Galapagos, Guyaquil and Quito.  Although I am not one for group travel we both thought the value was excellent, the hotels were good and the food was much better than we had anticipated.

    Just wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with all aspects of the tour."

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    Operator Indus Travels

    Ecuador Tours and Travel Guide

    Ecuador Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Ecuador may pack more attractions per square mile into its Wyoming-sized borders than any other country in the Americas.

    If you like the outdoors, Ecuador is home to some of the most incredible landscapes on Earth. From its portion of the towering Andes, to the its wildlife-full tropical rainforest at the Amazon basin, there are multiple ways to immerse yourself in the wilderness.

    If you like remarkable Spanish colonial architecture, history and charm, Ecuador is home to beautiful (and beautifully situated) cities like Quito and Cuenca.

    If tropical coastlines are your preferred scene, Ecuador lays the Pacific coast at your feet. The coasts are also a great place to be if shopping is your passion, Ecuador is well known manufacturer of some of the world’ best textiles and handmade carvings –- and ranks as the real home of the Panama hat. All of these attractions lie within the four zones of Ecuador.

    Ecuador: the “Four Zones”

    Ecuador can be divided into four major zones or regions for travelers: The Galapagos, The Amazon, the Andes, and The Pacific Coast. The four a very different, but all provide incredible travel experiences. There are also great outdoor activities to be had any of the four zones.

    1. The Galapagos

    The Galapagos is by far the most well known region of Ecuador, even though it is sometimes mistaken for its own country! Despite this confusion, the islands are officially part of Ecuador. The Galapagos is perhaps best known for the role it played in helping Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution. This was partly because of its wide range of unique and endemic species, or animals that can only be found in that region. Escorted tours and cruises to the Galapagos focus on introducing travelers to this unique diversity.

    The Galapagos also make a great destination for a photography tour. Animals here are known for their incredible lack of fear around humans, and as a result make great photographic subjects. You can walk, photograph, dive, and snorkel among them without frightening them or causing them to scatter – as long as you stay on the trails, don’t reach out to touch them and follow the rules laid out by your guide. Check out our Galapagos wildlife tours if learning about the flora and fauna of this unbelievable region is your primary objective.

    2. The Amazon

    The Ecuadorian Amazon is the most biodiverse rainforest in the world - home to 150 species of amphibian alone, plus 121 reptiles, and 450 species of birds.

    Unlike the more popular Amazon regions in Peru and Brazil, Ecuador’s jungle has remained largely unexplored by tourists, contributing to its intensely off the grid experience. Prepare for a uniquely rustic experience (though not all creature comforts need be forgone - secluded eco lodges are a popular form of accommodation along the river).

    Enjoy getting completely lost in nature in any one of the incredible reserves of the Ecuadorian Amazon. One important thing to note is that these are protected areas, and so you will need a guide to explore them.

    3. The Andes

    The Andes is probably the most visited region of Ecuador, aside from the Galapagos. This region of the country offers spectacular views of crater lakes, hiking, whitewater rafting, ancient markets where indigenous people sell handmade crafts and clothing, and access to the Equator.

    The largest indigenous market in Ecuador, Otavalo Market, is another very popular attraction for travelers through the Ecuadorian Andes. The market has been around for centuries, bringing to mind the convergence of cultures that Ecuador has experienced over its history. The market is a verifiable melting pot, and you will be able to distinguish the European and tribal influences as you stroll the many stalls of brightly colored materials and craft goods.

    4. The Pacific Coast

    Lastly, the Pacific Coast of Ecuador is home to some of South America’s most beautiful beaches. Idyllic mangrove forests to explore, chirping rainforest birds, and the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean make a journey to Ecuador’s Pacific Coast absolutely perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

    Active travelers will also enjoy this region, which is great for ocean sports, hiking, and canoeing through otherwise inaccessibly water byways. The region of Manabi is one of the best spots in the world for spotting humpback whales. Nothing beats the thrill of watching these majestic creatures breach as you float near on a whale watching tour.

    Inca Heritage in Ecuador

    The Inca Empire expanded beyond present day Peru, to include parts of Ecuador as well. While Peru lays claim to the most famous Inca ruins on Earth -- The Lost Kingdom, Machu Picchu -- Ecuador is also home to a great deal of Inca history, and a large number of equally impressive ruins. Because these archaeological sites are less well known, you can also expect fewer crowds and more extensive attention from your guides.

    Here are 5 main Inca ruins to explore in Ecuador:

    1. Ingapirca - Literally meaning Inca Wall: Inca (Inga) and wall (pirca), this location was originally settled by a native tribe of Ecuador known as the Canari. The Canari are well known for their resistance against the famous Inca leader Tupac, who found them difficult to conquer as he and the Inca made their way south toward modern day Peru.
      Once the Inca did conquer the Canari province and people, they adopted Ingapirca and built upon it in the Inca fashion we know and see today. The site was most likely used as a temple, though archaeologists still don’t know for sure.
    2. Pumapungo - This archaeological park is a wonderful place to walk around and learn about Inca history. Located in Cuenca, these ruins were restored in 1991 and have morphed into a lovely outdoor area for the province since then. The nearby ethnographic museum will help put these ruins in context, anf explain what the ruins have been believed to be used for.
    3. Rumicucho -  The Rumicucho ruins lie near the Equator marker in Quito. These stone structures were undoubtedly used in the many years before the Inca arrived in Ecuador, though what we see at the site today was built under Tupac’s rule.
      Rumicucho is a great example of an Incan structure built to correspond with astronomical activities. The Inca were famous for incorporating astronomy into their buildings, and this stone fortress has been discovered to have been used for more than simply military protection. The Rumicucho ruins are very well maintained by the local population and are a wonderful day trip if you’re staying in Quito.
    4. Agua Blanca - On Ecuador’s coastal Pacific side you’ll find Agua Blanca, which is part of Machalilla National Park. This is a very small native community, notable for their adherence to ancient traditions and customs. The park is maintained by the community and they rely on tourism to help fund the parks maintenance. Come here to hear the tribe’s oral histories about their ancestors, which include Incas and native Ecuadorian tribes.
    5. Todos los Santos - Only discovered in the 1970s, Todos los Santos is also located in the Cuenca province of Ecuador. One of the best examples of how the Inca built upon pre-existing cultures and structures. These impressive ruins showcase a hodgepodge of architectural styles  - quite unlike most classic Inca ruins.
      The Church of Todos los Santos is one of the biggest draws and what most travelers remember. Exhibiting a distinctly Spanish colonial influence, it also contains traces of the local culture as well. This surrounded by distinctly Inca stonework make for a truly unique sight.

    The Galapagos

    The Galapagos Islands is one of the most renowned wildlife tour destinations in the world, outside of some South and East Africa locations. The islands are home to dozens of birds, reptiles, and sea mammals.

    Strict enforcement by the Ecuadorian government, and delegation of national park status to the islands helps to ensure that the Galapagos remain intact and protect the wildlife as much as possible. For example, some environmental codes dictate that only a certain number of visitors can go ashore on each island at a time. To navigate these restrictions and make the most of your visit to the islands, we recommend going on a guided tour of the Galapagos.

    The islands you should absolutely not miss if it's your first visit are: Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, and San Cristobal Island.

    On Santa Cruz, you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is a great place to get to witness scientists who are continuing and building upon Darwin's groundbreaking field work on the islands. It's also the best island for observing Giant Tortoises - the species for which the islands are named. This is the most populous island of the Galapagos, and a classic first stop for visitors. You'll have multiple opportunities for shopping and fun bars and restaurants.

    Isabela Island is one of the best spots for hiking and exploring. This is the largest island in the Galapagos so prepare to spend a lot of time walking! On this island, you'll have the chance to encounter some of the rarest species, including pink iguanas, and the most northernly penguin colony on earth.

    San Cristobal is the first island that Darwin landed on in 1835. It is here you will see the famous blue footed boobies, as well as many other bird species. For a splurge, head about 1.5 hours off shore to Kicker Rock for a wonderful snorkeling experience.

    Keep in mind that the Galapagos are almost 800 miles (1200 kilometers) from mainland Ecuador, so except for a stay in coastal Guayaquil or the capital, Quito –- the two cities from which Galapagos flights depart -- you may not see much more of Ecuador on a Galapagos tour than the islands themselves.

    However, many tour operators offer extensions to Galapagos tours that will take you to other destinations in Ecuador or nearby Peru; visitng the Galapagos and Machu Picchu on a single tour is especially popular.

    Quito and Cuenca

    The old section of Quito sits at more than 9,300 feet (2,800 meters) in the Andes, and is the world’s highest capital city. Cuenca is another city in the clouds, and can be found at an impressive altitude of 8,400 feet. Both of these mountain cities are UNESCO World Heritage sites, filled with remarkable examples of Spanish colonial architecture.

    Quito is larger, noisier, but its old town is a trove of colonial architectural treasures. One example is the Jesuit church known as La Compania, decorated with ornate Baroque carvings and gilded with gold leaf.

    Quito is also a good base for trips to the famous Cotopaxi volcano, which is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of the city, and to the famous Otavalo Market, which is a bit farther away and about 50 miles north. At the market, you can shop for woolen goods and other hand-made textiles and carvings, or just take in the colorful scene. The popular Middle of the World Monument, with its yellow stripe that supposedly marks the Equator, is on the way to Otavalo.

    Cuenca is smaller, quieter city, although it  also enjoys a spectacular mountain setting. The old city is filled with colonial churches, plazas, parks and museums.

    Wherever you choose to go in Ecuador, Stride can help you find the perfect guided group tour or tours that best suit your needs. And chances are, you’ll want to return again and again.

    Food in Ecuador

    The food in Ecuador is incredibly diverse, with a lot of different cultural influences. Main ingredients include corn, rice, and fish. Unique local delicacies are common in all the provinces and regions, each taking pride in their own special cuisine features.

    Some top dishes you might encounter in Ecuador include:

    1. Ceviche -This delectable dish is found throughout South America, particularly in the countries along the continents western border. Made slightly differently depending on the country, the fundamentals of the dish remain the same: raw seafood and shellfish, with fresh lime, and some form of salsa. This dish is most often enjoyed on the coasts.
    2. Choclo - A classic Andean treat! This dried crunchy corn is sold throughout Ecuador from street vendors. Enjoy munching as you explore.
    3. Cuy - Cuy is one dish tourists both love and hate to try. It’s made of guinea pig, and Cuenca is the most well known and best city to sample this famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) Ecuadorian dish. Find someone to split it with, as it’s among the more expensive meals street food you can buy.Cuy is typically greasy, and not a lot of meat is on the bones. But it’s an experience and definitely a local delicacy. You’d be remiss to not at least try it on your tour through Ecuador.
    4. Librillo - Particularly popular in Ecuador’s mountain regions, if you’re exploring the Andes in the country, you’re sure to come across this delicacy: cow stomach lining, usually served with rice. Fans of tripe will enjoy this meal.
    5. Llapingachos - Cheese stuffed potato patties. This is another one of Ecuador’s nationally recognized dishes - and a clear favorite among travelers fueling up in the morning (and, let’s face it, they have all the trappings of a classic hangover cure). Served with eggs, avocado, and a protein such as pork or chorizo, this is the perfect dish to energize and wake you up for a day of exploring Ecuador.
    6. Canelazo - A delicious warm alcoholic beverage, with flavors of sugar cane and cinnamon. Typically drunk more often during holidays it is sold at multiple festivals throughout the country, but is most common in the mountain regions where it originated. The liquor is called “Aguardiente” and has a distinctly anise like flavor.

    Travel to Ecuador: Practicalities & Logistics

    Ecuador is generally a very safe country to visit, though some of larger cities (especially Lima and Guayaquil) have had trouble with crime in the past. Be alert when traveling around and don’t carry large sums of money or valuables.

    • Currency: Ecuador uses the US dollar, so there is no need to exchange money before traveling to Ecuador.
    • Visas: Citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries do not require a visa to travel to Ecuador, unless you plan to stay past 90 days. You will generally receive a free visa upon entry into Ecuador.
    • Vaccinations: You do need a Yellow Fever vaccine for traveling to Ecuador. Proof of vaccination is required upon entry into the country. No other vaccinations are required, but if you’re visiting the Galapagos on a cruise, you should make sure your normal vaccinations are up to date.

    Safety

    Zika is a risk in Ecuador. If you are pregnant, planning to pregnant, or traveling with small children, the risks are much greater.

    If you are planning on visiting the Galapagos, bring hats, sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen. You’ll be outside for the majority of your tour and walking quite a bit. The Galapagos is beachy and open area, so don’t expect too much of shade.

    Lima is still considered unsafe in many areas. Heed warnings from your travel guide in Ecuador about where to go and where not to go. Keep valuables out of sight and don’t carry large sums of money. Be discreet when using credit cards and ATMS.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Tours in Ecuador are great for active travelers. If you love being outdoors, many Ecuador tours focus on activities like hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and bike riding.

    Food in Ecuador is heavily rice and seafood based. Vegetarians won’t have too much difficulty finding delicious meals, though many dishes involve cheese so vegans may encounter more trouble. You’ve probably heard of “Cuy” which is guinea pig, and is a delicacy throughout the country.

    4 Different Kinds of Escorted Trips in Ecuador

    1. Culture: Ecuador’s Indigenous People and Their Crafts

    One of the most unique features of Ecuador is the strength of its indigenous population. In many Latin American countries, indigenous populations were stifled and dwindled under colonialism for a variety of reasons. In Ecuador, however, these numbers remain strong -- 25% of the entire  country has completely indigenous heritage, and 70% has mixed indigenous and European heritage. Ecuador is quite proud of its heritage this way, and as a result the country maintains specific crafts, fashions, and styles of living that are entirely their own.

    Silver Making and Chordeleg
    When you visit Otavalo, and Ecuador’s largest market, you are sure to see some of the classic craft attributable to Ecuador: alpaca-wool ponchos and rugs, tagua nut jewellery, chess seats, embroidered bags, etc. What is less well known, however, is that each region of Ecuador produces its own unique crafts which may be harder to get.

    For example, people living in the Cotopaxi region are known for their native paintings and ceremonial masks. The Pastaza region produces various plates and bags made of crossed palm fibers, as well as ceramic goods. Some off-the-beaten path locations are surrounded around their crafts, which you may want to visit.

    The town of Chordeleg, for example, is renowned for its silverworking. The entire town still lives by the “guild system” established during colonial times, and focuses on its handmade jewellery produced with locally mined silver. One interesting fact about this picturesque town is that has become increasingly popular for spot American retirees to settle down.

    The Bowler Hat
    Another cultural feature of Ecuador you will notice immediately on your escorted trip, especially in more rural areas, is the style of dress. Ecuador is unique in that a large portion of the population continues to dress in traditional clothing, or wear bits and pieces of traditional outfits.You may notice that some men wear large blue ponchos, a fedora, and have a single, long braid for their hairstyle.

    This braid is called the shimba, and is so significant that men are not required to cut it in order to join the military. For women, you may notice (particularly amongst the older generation) that they choose to wear multiple layers of long skirts and ponchos, as well as bowler hats. To learn more about why these traditions remain so strong, consider taking a cultural tour of Ecuador

    2. Ecuador Birding Tours

    Ecuador is a very popular destination for birdwatching. The country boasts more than 1600 avian species over several kinds of habitat, and, as a result, its hard for birders to resist trying to see everything at once. If you have the time, you should definitely take a birding tour 2 weeks or longer -- however, if this simply isn’t an option, we recommend visiting the Northwest of the country. This part of Ecuador has better infrastructure (making good birding spots more accessible) and a large population of endemic species.

    3. Wildlife and Outdoor Adventure Tours

    One draw to Ecuador are its many national parks. Home of the Galapagos, Ecuador is a country that fully appreciates the power of ecotourism, and as a result 20% of its land has some kind of protected status.

    Some popular places to trek outside of the Galapagos include El Cajas National Park, Machalilla National Park, Cayambe National, and Yasuni National Park -- just to name a few. In these parks you have the opportunity to go on a horseback riding excursion, or be escorted on a hike to some of the most beautiful natural features of Ecuador.

    Another popular activity in Ecuador is to hike its many active and extinct volcanoes. One popular volcano to hike is Cotopaxi, a massive snow-capped peak high in the Ecuadorian Andes. For those looking for an extreme and adventurous hike, here is your challenge: try summiting Cotopaxi. One thing to note is that any peak in Ecuador over 5,000 meters high cannot be climbed without a guide, so make sure to book your mountaineering guided tour.

    Once you’ve exhausted yourself on a hike of the volcano, treat yourself to a dip in some of the thermal pools. One great place to warm up in the hot springs water is in the jungle town of Bãnos, where you can visit the public bath houses for relatively cheap and soak up some of the healthy minerals.

    4. Luxury Tours in Ecuador

    Although Ecuador is known for being a rugged and outdoors-oriented travel locale, this doesn’t mean that you can’t travel it in style. The booming tourism industry surrounding the Galapagos island has pushed the majority of accomodation options to adopt modern amenities, and there are some particularly nice lodgings today.

    For example, on a luxury trip to Ecuador you are likely to stay in a hacienda. A hacienda is the estate attached to what was usually a ranch, but also could have been a mine or a factory. These were typically owned by Spaniards, and are known for their beautiful architecture and large size. Many have been converted into hotels.

    Another option might be touring Ecuador from the decks of a luxury cruise ship. Both small cruise ship tours, large cruise ship tours, and river cruises travel through Ecuador, so no matter your interests, there is a cruise option for you.

    The Weather in Ecuador

    Ecuador’s weather is famously varied depending on where you are and the time of year. Because the landscape of Ecuador covers many elevations and environments you can expect to see a lot of different temperatures and weather patterns. It rains throughout the year, most heavily between October and April.

    Tours visit Ecuador year round, but one of the top times to visit is the High Season between June and September on the mainland; January through May in the Galapagos.

    If you are visiting the Galapagos, consider that the seas will be very rough in the Low Season, June through September.

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