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Ecuador Holidays

Tucked in on the west coast of South America between Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is one of the smallest countries on the continent but has no less choice of diverse micro-climates and fascinating regions to discover. Famous for its off-shore island archipelago, the Galapagos, mainland Ecuador packs a lot of attractions into its dramatically beautiful landscapes. Ecuador holidays can include an exciting mix of colonial towns, mile upon mile of classic cone shaped volcanoes, train journeys through spectacular Andean scenery and wildlife rich cloud and rainforests.

Ecuador consists of three regions: the coast, the Andes and the Amazon. The climate is tropically humid in the coastal region and the Amazon, but fresh and temperate in the highlands year-round, where, due to the proximity with the equator, there is little seasonal variation making holidays to Ecuador a year round option

Quito and Surrounds

Ecuador’s capital city Quito has an impressive location at 2,850 metres above sea level, over looked by Mount Pichincha. It has a sensitively restored historic area and is a great base from which to take excursions. Many nearby villages produce a wealth of crafts such as paintings, leather-ware, ceramics, baskets, woodcarvings and even bread-dough carvings. Markets throughout the country - the most famous of which is at Otavalo - display the workmanship of Ecuadorian artisans.

Not far from Quito is the Equatorial Monument, which contains a museum that covers many aspects of Ecuadorian history and present day life, and you are also within easy reach of cloud forests, lakes, mountains and volcanoes.

Avenue of the Volcanoes

South of Quito, you can bask in the magnificent scenery along the 325 kilometres of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, leading towards Riobamba and the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca, where Panama hats come from. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador, standing at 5785m.  Many visitors choose to spend longer exploring these lush highlands that are perfect for hiking or horse-riding. Reached easily from Quito in a few hours by road, most Ecuador holidays can easily include a stay at one of the historic haciendas close to the national park itself. The haciendas usually offer a number of tours in Cotopaxi National Park, such as cycling, fishing and riding, and combine these with a convivial lodge atmosphere and delicious local food. Close to this area, you can also visit Inca ruins at Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most important archaeological site.

Tren Crucero

This new train has become the way to travel slowly between the coastal city of Guayaquil and the capital of Quito, passing through seven of Ecuador’s nine climatic zones. The four-day journey is punctuated by varied off-train excursions to cultural and natural sites, with overnight accommodation in comfortable and sometimes historic hotels and haciendas. The air-conditioned train provides plenty of comfortable seating at tables and on sofas overlooking picture windows, with a bar serving drinks and light refreshments during the day. At the end of the train is an open veranda from which to admire the spectacular mountain landscapes – and the world-famous Devil’s Nose switchback. Our Scenic Ecuador by Train trip includes this trip on the Tren Crucero, or ask us how to incorporate the four day train journey into other Ecuador holidays.

Exploring the Amazon

Some time at a jungle lodge deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon is a must for wildlife and bird-watching enthusiasts. Moreover, Ecuador is the best country in which to visit the Amazon and gain an understanding of the indigenous communities living in the rainforest, as access is relatively easy and the eco-lodges work closely with the local population. Read more about holidays to Ecuador’s Amazon.

We offer a wide selection of tailor-made Ecuador holidays and tours, including Galapagos Island cruises and land-based trips. Ask our Ecuador specialists for firsthand advice on holidays to Ecuador – you can email us or ring for a chat on 020 7666 1260.

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Tren Crucero - Scenic Ecuador by Train
EcuadorEcuador
Tren Crucero takes you on a journey from Quito to Guayaquil through snow capped mountains, the peaks of volcanoes, deep valleys and the magnificent colours of the coast.
  • Scenic Journeys
From £2780
per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Ecuador Explorer Private Tour
EcuadorEcuador
The second smallest country in South America, Ecuador boasts one of the most diverse cultures and landscapes in the world. One moment you will be in the cooler climes of the Andes and a few hours later in the steaming Amazon Jungle or by the balmy Pacific shores.
  • Culture & History
  • Scenic Journeys
From £3345
per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Best of Ecuador & Galapagos Wildlife
EcuadorEcuador
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
On this trip you experience firsthand some of the best wildlife that Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands have to offer and also explore Quito and Guayaquil.
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £3925
per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Ecuador & Galapagos Natural Wonders
EcuadorEcuador
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
An incredible 11-day luxury holiday to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands that encompasses culture, outstanding natural beauty and prime wildlife viewing.
  • Luxury Holidays
  • Scenic Journeys
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £4540
per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Inca and Galapagos Islands Discovery
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
PeruPeru
EcuadorEcuador
Experience the best of Peru and the Galapagos Islands on this tour which incorporates the highlights of both fascinating countries.
  • Culture & History
  • Scenic Journeys
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £4870
per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
EcuadorEcuador
A superb two-week trip that explores the colonial highlights of mainland Ecuador and takes you on a cruise around the world famous Galapagos Islands.
  • Scenic Journeys
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £5180
per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Luxury Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise
EcuadorEcuador
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
Begin this superb trip in style by flying business class to Quito where you stay at Casa Gangotena the capital’s finest luxury historic mansion, also your base to explore the local UNESCO World Heritage sites, before cruising the unique Galapagos Islands on the luxurious Yacht La Pinta.
  • Scenic Journeys
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £6110
per person
9 day holiday
Flights included
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Galapagos & Peru in Style
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
PeruPeru
EcuadorEcuador
Start your adventure on board the M/V Evolution which offers two 7-night itineraries that cruise through different areas of the Galapagos...
  • Luxury Holidays
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £6570
per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Ultimate South America
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands
EcuadorEcuador
PeruPeru
BrazilBrazil
Climb to the peak of an extinct volcano, take in spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and get up close to wildlife that you won’t find...
  • Luxury Holidays
  • Scenic Journeys
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £7230
per person
16 day holiday
Flights included
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