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Best Things To Do in Ecuador

Ecuador travel highlights for families, couples and other travelers.

Ecuador - Experience Quito, Ecuador's vibrant capital
Experience Quito, Ecuador's vibrant capital
Warm and relaxed, Quito is Ecuador's inviting capital. Enjoy walks through the beautiful Old Town, visit the San Francisco Church, La Iglesia de Compañia, and sample the wide range of fine-dining and street-food options that this city is famous for. See More >
Ecuador - Galápagos, The World's Greatest Wild-life Sanctuary
Galápagos, The World's Greatest Wild-life Sanctuary
1000 kilometers away from Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are home to giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, iguanas, and bird species. Enjoy nature's unblemished beauty, explore the islands with a park-certified tour guide, and learn about the magnificent eco-system that kick-started mankind's understanding of our origins. See More >
Ecuador - Isla de la Plata: Abundant wildlife & Whale Watching
Isla de la Plata: Abundant wildlife & Whale Watching
Travel to Ecuador's 'poor man's Galapagos', Isla de la Plata. It's a bird-watcher's paradise, with several indigenous species thriving here; it's a must-visit for any wildlife lover, really. The island is open for planned hikes, but staying on it is prohibited. Enjoy a scenic whale watching boat tour (the sea-turtles are a bonus!), and come back to Puerto Lopez for the fresh catch of the day! See More >
Ecuador - Relax and Rejuvenate at Papallacta Thermal Spa
Relax and Rejuvenate at Papallacta Thermal Spa
Unwind in the theraputic waters of the Papallacta Thermal Spa! Make this a part of your itinerary through mainland Ecuador; it is just an hour away from Quito City, and situated amid the magnificent landscape of the Andes. Truly a perfect destination to unwind in between, or at the end of your adventures. See More >
Ecuador - Galapagos: visit the pristine Gardener Bay
Galapagos: visit the pristine Gardener Bay
Allow yourself to be enchanted by the Gardener Bay as you enjoy snorkelling and kayaking. Witness sea lions relaxing around you and spot sharks in the absolutely turquoise waters. Rejuvenate your soul as you unwind on the white coralline sands of the bay. See More >
Ecuador - The Cloud Forests of Mindo: A Birder's Paradise
The Cloud Forests of Mindo: A Birder's Paradise
1300 feet above sea-level, among the clouds and mists of the middle-Andes, lies Mindo, considered to be one of the world's premier bird-watching destinations. It is home to over 500 avian species from the coast as well as the high sierras; all in all the Cloud Forest region (higher than the rainforest region) of Mindo is a place of great beauty and adventure, crisscrossed with great hiking and biking trails. The cherry on top? Ziplining through the lush cloud forest is an absolute must for the whole family. See More >
Ecuador - River Rafting down the Rio Pastaza
River Rafting down the Rio Pastaza
The wild and thundering Rio Pastaza in Banos de Agua Santa is Ecuador's river-rafting mecca, attracting adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. A tributary of the mighty Amazon, these rapids are perfect for any level, from thrill-seeking pros to the active, out-and-about families who love their adventure activities. See More >
Ecuador - A Modern Gondola Ride, the Teleférico
A Modern Gondola Ride, the Teleférico
Enjoy spectacular views of Quito and the surrounding mountains while riding the Teleférico, a modern gondola. Once at the summit, enjoy a hike, marvel at the lanscape, or take a tour on horseback: a perfect outing for the whole family. See More >
Ecuador - The Magnificent Ecosystems of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
The Magnificent Ecosystems of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Established in 1979, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is home to more than 500 species of birds, 15 species of monkeys, tapirs, caimans, butterflies, anacondas, and many other animals and insects. Enjoy a day-tour of eight varied and fascinating ecosystems, and observe up-close the local wildlife of each. See More >
Ecuador - A Land of Native Ecuadorians, The Quilotoa Loop
A Land of Native Ecuadorians, The Quilotoa Loop
As you travel along the Quilotoa Loop via foot or by car, you will encounter indegenous markets, a beautiful blue lake, and a community of painters dedicated to preserving the legends of the Andes. This isolated loop is perfect for anyone looking to come into contact with native Ecuadorians and truly experience their way of life. Lodging is also offered at several villages along the Quilotoa Loop. See More >
Ecuador - Galapagos: the Magnificent Tortoises at Charles Darwin Station
Galapagos: the Magnificent Tortoises at Charles Darwin Station
A must-do for all animal lovers going to the Galapagos is to visit the Charles Darwin Station in order to see the giant tortoises up close. One can even see little eggs hatching if they get lucky. See More >
Ecuador - Montañita: The Ideal Beach Destination
Montañita: The Ideal Beach Destination
Scenic shorelines, world-famous beach resorts, plenty of sun, major fishing, and nightlife! Montañita is the ideal beach destination for any family or group of friends looking to undwind, immerse themselves in Ecuadorian culture, and enjoy the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean. See More >
Ecuador - Cuenca: A Quaint City of Colonial Architechture
Cuenca: A Quaint City of Colonial Architechture
Ecuador's most laid-back city, Cuenca, is home to friendly locals and beautiful colonial architecture. Enjoy markets in the city center, relaxing walks, and the picturesque Catedral Nueva. See More >
Ecuador - The Open Air Otavalo Market
The Open Air Otavalo Market
Surround yourself with the vibrant atmosphere of an open-air market in Otavalo, or celebrate in the weekly Gods of Commerce fiesta (an intriguing name, and best experienced first-hand)! The Otavalo Market is ideal for anyone looking to find exquisite weavings, tapestries, carved items, or anything in-between. See More >
Ecuador - The Galapagos: Bask in the Beauty of Tortuga Bay
The Galapagos: Bask in the Beauty of Tortuga Bay
Tortuga Bay is home to perfectly preserved, beautiful beaches that are inhabited by rare wildlife species which include marine iguanas, galapagos crabs and birds. A separate cove which is home to reef sharks is also kept open for visitors to enjoy a swim. See More >

Best time to go to Ecuador

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Peak ( Jun - Sep , Dec )

These are the warmest and driest months to visit mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos. While the mainland will see throngs of tourists and hotel prices will rocket, the Galapagos will see fewer tourists because, despite the islands themselves being dry and sunny, the waters are very cold for snorkeling and diving.

Shoulder ( Oct - Nov )

The festive season and many South American holidays make this a busy period as well, but the dry spell has come to an end and there will be afternoon showers. The Galapagos begins to ready itself for its very own peak season starting in December, as the waters become calmer and warm enough to snorkel and dive.

Low ( Jan - May )

Mainland Ecuador sees a fair amount of rainfall, although hotels and operators are still open for business. The Galapagos enjoys its peak season in January and then gradually tapers off as the cold currents start up again from March onwards.

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