Ecuador Holidays & Galapagos Island Cruises

Ecuador is a spectacular, truly beautiful and compact little country that boasts four distinctive and diverse regions. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice with the first class wildlife destinations like the Amazon Jungle and the Galapagos Islands only a short flight from the capital city of Quito or Guayaquil. The central Andean mountains are awash with traditional communities, national parks and have a rich and interesting story to tell. Guayaquil and the coastal region of Ecuador contines to grow in popularity.

Things to do in Ecuador

A Ecuador Holiday is the perfect choice for a South American Holiday as you can have multiple experiences without having to take lengthy flights and spend time getting around. Ecuador is no longer overshadowed by the ever popular Peru that lies accross the southern border. Ecuador's tourism industry grows from strength to strength each year with more and more tourists venturing to the spectacular little country that continues to be a firm favourite of the team at Odyssey Travels. 

Here are our highlights of an Ecuador & Galapago Holiday:

  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS are invariably the main attraction, the majestic archipelago continues to enchant visitors from across the globe in search of first class wildlife encounters. Embarking on a Galapagos Islands Cruise is by far the best way to experience and learn about the unique and enchanted islands

  • ANDEAN MOUNTAINS run all the way down the centre of the Ecuador. Spending time in the capital city of Quito that has protected UNESCO World Heritage Site status is a must. Abundant with spectacular Catholic Churches, leafy plazas and governmental building make Quito a popular city to explore. The skyline is dominated by snow capped volcanoes.

  • AMAZON RAINFOREST- a short flight from Quito or Guayaquil takes you deep into the jungle. The best way to experience the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador is to stay at one of the remote eco lodges where their in house guides run daily excursions. The wildlife, the serenity and the local communities are all you can expect, and more.

  •  GUAYAQUIL & THE PACIFIC COAST Staying at a working ranch (known locally as an estancia) offers you a little time to unwind, enjoy life at a slower pace, and get involved with as many, or as little, as the excursions on offer. The estancias of Ecuador all have a fascinating history and a few days at one, either before or after a Galapagos Cruise, is highly recommended. Hacienda la Danesa is an hours drive from the pulsating coastal city of Guayaquil, and its bliss.

    Ecuador boasts many attractions for the whole family, honeymooners or even the solo adventure seekers. Your holiday may involve anything from listening to the flurry of birds and spotting fresh water dophins in the almost uninhabited Ecuadorian Amazon, strolling around the gorgeous UNESCO city of Cuenca and soaking in the deep-seated culture of this very traditional country, or taking a flight to the magical spectacle of nature that is the Galapagos Islands - Ecuador is a great destination, with something for everyone.

  • Map of Ecuador

    Map of Ecuador Ecuador - Mindo Ecuador - Cuenca Ecuador - The Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Quito Ecuador - Otavalo Ecuador - Ecuadorian Amazon

    Best hotels in Ecuador

    There are some very comfortable and characterful hotels to enjoy during your Ecuador holiday. Whether you are looking at staying at a working estancia such as Hacienda Zuleta for a traditional experience in the Andean Mountains, a remote luxury eco lodge in the middle of the Amazon Jungle run by the local indigenous community like Napo Wildlife Centre, a luxurious cruise aboard the Relais & Chateaux MV Origin or a stay in a former presidential mansion in teh heart of historical Quito at Casa Gangotena, Ecuador has lots of choice. They are all very different and offer something unique.

    Best time to visit Ecuador

    For information on the best time to visit Ecuador then have a look at our Best Time to Visit Ecuador & The Galapagos page As a very rough guide the-the driest months are June to September down the central Andean region when the days are sunny and bright, and the evenings refreshingly chilly. a Galpagos Holiday is a year around destination, but with every seasons brings different natural spectacles. Download our free Galapagos Guide for further information.  Please fo get in touch if you ahve any questions.

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    Tourist Guide to Ecuador

    We have written a short tourist guide to Ecuador, which you can download here. Obviously nothing beats a good conversation on the phone - but this is a good place to start planning your Ecuador Holiday.


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