A country of contrasts. Ecuador may well be one of the smallest countries in South America, but it is one of the most bio-diverse in the world. Offering everything from towering volcanoes, unique wildlife, diverse cultures, and hidden Amazon escapes, Ecuador is guaranteed to leave an impression on you that won’t be easily forgotten.
Ecuador is located in the northwestern area of South America, precisely in the Middle of the World. Due to its geographical position on the Equator Line, this small country is known as a land of contrasts and is also one of the most bio diverse on the planet. In a single day you could take an early morning walk or cruise in the Amazon, drive up through a valley of active volcanoes and past verdant cloud forests before winding down to the Pacific coast in time for a seafood dinner.
This beautiful country has an ample variety of climates and landscapes ranging from charming beaches at sea level to snow-capped peaks reaching 6,300 metres high.
From the exuberant coastal region to the imposing Andes Mountains and onto the Amazon rainforest, it is jam-packed with wonders. Nature soars with volcanoes and delves deep in the jungles. You will find ancestral cultures living in harmony with the environment yet maintaining their own cultures and lifestyles. Then, only 1,050 km away from the continent lie the amazing Galapagos Islands, one of the World’s most fascinating and scientifically important places. Known for its incredible biodiversity many animals found here are found nowhere else in the world. The beautiful landscapes and volcanic islands are an example of nature at its finest.
We want to help you experience the magic of Ecuador, to be immersed in the diversity, be charmed by the locals and be astounded by the wildlife.
The first city awarded World Heritage status and home to the best preserved historic centre in South America, Quito is a HIGHlight of your trip. With many cultural and scenic attractions nearby it blends old and new, nature and architecture to give you an unforgettable experience.
Solar Museum, built on the equator (200m from the equator monument). Try some unique equatorial experiments: watch water go down drains in both hemispheres, feel the effects of the “Equator Walk”, and try to balance the egg. David had lots of fun but couldn’t balance the egg. Will you have better luck?
The market is full of brightly coloured woven craftwork and equally colourful indigenous people who wear their traditional clothing with pride. Traditional crafts, weavings and textiles blend with the mountain scenery creating a wonderful highland scene.
Colonial towns, soaring mountains and ancient ruins line the roads and rails from Quito to Guayaquil. A journey through the Ecuadorian Andes is full of small villages, spectacular scenery and century old haciendas.
Historic Cuenca is a little time capsule taking you back to the grand colonial era. Wandering the cobbled paths is a constant journey of discovery and living history, where getting a bit lost is not a bad thing.
Covering nearly half of Ecuador the iconic Amazon region is jam packed with a huge diversity of plants and animals as well as indigenous communities. Lodges and cruises vary in comfort, style and excursions but you’ll see similar things in most places. Explore by water in canoes, kayaks or motorised boats, or by foot along trails to see and understand the forest in detail.
The nineteen islands in the isolated Galapagos archipelago lying 960kms from mainland Ecuador, are a haven for wildlife, inspiring Charles Darwin to write his theory on the Evolution of Species. They are fascinating in their diversity as each plant and much of the wildlife have adapted to each unique island.