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Find the right fully guided tour for you in Ecuador. There are 374 trips to choose from, that range from one day in length, up to 23 days. The month with the most departures is June, making it the most popular time to visit Ecuador.

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Galápagos Adventure: Snorkelling & Sea Lions Tour

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Galápagos Adventure: Snorkelling & Sea Lions

This was a great experience if you are looking for a little adventure! It is not a luxury, relaxing vacation, but has a good mix of exciting experiences, eating good food, waking up early to travel to new stops, and some time to chill and interact with other travelers.

Galápagos Multisport Tour

  • Ocean Cruise

Galápagos Multisport

The Galapagos is a beautiful place with so many things to do and see. Our guide Gustavo made sure that all of our needs were attended to. He kept everything fun and was one step ahead during the whole tour.

Best of Galapagos Tour

Best of Galapagos

There are a lot of tours to choose from when you are looking at touring in the Galapagos so you need to choose one that is right for you. Best of Galapagos is exactly what it says. We saw everything!!! 10 days was the perfect amount of time to immerse ourselves into everything the islands have to offer. Just brilliant

Galapagos Discovery Tour

Galapagos Discovery

This was an amazing trip to three islands with many things to do! The tour introduced the islands well and out guide Genesis was amazing. Genesis was very hands on and proactive with all the activities and presented equally good energies. I highly recommend this tour with Genesis as a really good group tour with a fun guide!

Ecuador Highlights Tour

Ecuador Highlights

Ecuador ist eine Reise wert! Die Natur ist abwechlungsreich und wunderschön! Die Highlights von Ecuador werden innerhalb dieser Tour bereist. Meine Highlights waren der Amazonas, Chimborazo, Banos und Cuenca. Ich war leider die einzige auf der Gruppenreise. Nach der Bestätigung durch Adventure Journey habe ich einige Stunden später erfahren, dass ich vermutlich die einzige in der Tour sein werde. Man fragte mich zwar,ob das für mich in Ordnung sei, meine Flüge waren da allerdings schon gebucht. Ich hätte mir die Info vor der Bestätigung und Flugbuchung gewünscht. Die Unterkünfte waren sehr komfortabel und sehr besonders. Bei allen Unterkünften war ein hervorragendes Frühstück inkludiert. Bei der Unterkunft in Banos hätte ich mir eine zum Stadtkern näherliegende Unterkunft gewünscht. So ist man weder auf Taxi und auf die Öffnung des Tors am Eingang angewiesen. Mein Guide Andres hat viel Wissen über Ecuador und seine Geschichte. Da ich allein auf Tour war, war die Tour natürlich mehr wie eine private/r Transport/ Tour durch Ecuador. Leider muss ich sagen, dass ich eine Gruppenreise nicht mehr alleine machen würde. Die Interaktivität innerhalb einer Gruppe hat komplett gefehlt. Mein Guide setzte mich teilweise vor den Unterkünften ab und holte mich morgens ab, in den Unterkünften nahmen mich dann andere Gruppenreisende auf. Andere Tourguides anderer Organisationen verblieben bei ihrer Gruppe und integrierten mich in ihre Gruppe. Die Tourguides betreuten ihre Gruppe fortwährend, meine Reise glich mehr einem privaten Transport von A nach B. Sowohl während der Autofahrt, des Essens und am Abend war er überwiegend mit seinem Handy und Videos beschäftigt, unabhängig von der Organisation der Reise. Es gab kein gemeinsames Abschiedsessen. Andres ist dennoch ein super Guide, vielleicht war es in allem dem Umstand der privaten Rundreise geschuldet. Ich denke dennoch, dass er für eine Reise wie diese nicht der richtige gewesen ist. Vielleicht waren wir auch einfach nicht auf einer Wellenlänge.

Ecuador Multisport Once in a Life Time Tour

Ecuador Multisport Once in a Life Time

Jorge, our guide, was knowledgeable organised and above all loads of fun. The accomodation was beautiful and clean with terrific breakfasts. Highly recommend Adventure Journeys

6 Day Ecuador Multisport Tour

6 Day Ecuador Multisport

Great Tour! We was very excited! And we will travel another ocation with you! :)

7 Days at The Andean Valleys Tour

7 Days at The Andean Valleys

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Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes National Geographic Journeys Tour

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes National Geographic Journeys

It was a very interesting trip visiting diverse and vibrant places. Otavalo with its colorful market and the Hotel Hacienda Pinsaqui, very beautiful and historical place. Papallacta and the hot spring pools provided us with relaxing moments in a hypnotic setting. Two nights in Tena, in the Amazon rainforest, unique experience. The visit to Baños, perhaps the most exciting place with many radical opportunities and the unforgettable "Caldrón del Diablo" waterfalls. Finally, as Ecuador is the land of volcanoes (84), we could not fail to visit Cotopaxi National Park. Good hotels, reasonable transportation (with great driver) and exceptional guide (CEO), Maria.

10 Days Galapagos Island Hopping in Santa Cruz and Isabela Tour

10 Days Galapagos Island Hopping in Santa Cruz and Isabela

Great tour and nice guides the coordinator Daniel is the best, he checked us out before the tour and update us the COVID pcr test requests and prepared us with the tour documents and pickups. I would highly recommend responsible tour company! Thank you!

Affordable Galapagos 8 Days Tour Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking

Affordable Galapagos 8 Days Tour

A good variety of tours, knowledgable guides, and a surreal atmosphere. Everything is made easy for you so you just show up and enjoy the wildlife.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Tailor-Made Private Ecuador Vacation with Daily Departure Tour

Tailor-Made Private Ecuador Vacation with Daily Departure

We had a wonderful trip! Ivan was an excellent guide! He shared his wealth of knowledge about everywhere we visited. He was professional, kind and patient with us. We would highly recommend this tour and Ivan!

Highlights Of Quito and Galapagos Islands Tour

Highlights Of Quito and Galapagos Islands

The tour organized by Indus Travels was flawless. Hotels, tours, and transportation all impressed me. We had a very relaxing time knowing what was happening at each stage. The scenery and activities were fantastic and did not disappoint. The highlight of the trip was definitely Galapagos Islands.

Koln Tourist Superior Yacht - 8 Days Tour

Koln Tourist Superior Yacht - 8 Days

Best Of Ecuador Tour

  • Sightseeing

Best Of Ecuador

Visited Ecuador and Peru with Indus travel. The trip was full of adventures and fun in a fairly short period of time. Flying in and out at least seven times in fourteen days. It was well organized however I would recommend to have an itinerary display in writing the night before for the next day for better communication since a lot of things going on. I would recommend to include a visit to La Merced museum in Cusco, it was definitely worth while to see. I would strongly recommend this tour to my friends.

What people love about Fully Guided Tours in Ecuador

This tour is intended for people who are physically fit,able to walk 6 kilometers a day, love to kayak/snorkel/swim/bike, and still have plenty of energy to enjoy the wildlife. I cannot cope up with the group, but luckily our CEO offered me options like museum visit, tour to Tntoreras. I still was able yo see all the wildlife I need to see exvept the cormorant. I did not expect to stay in a 5 star hotel. I find the accommodation suitable enough for my needs: comfortable bed, air condition, water, electricity, wifi. Special thanks to Sandra, CEO. She is one of the best tour guides I met in my years of travel. She is a great listener and teacher. She was born in Santa Cruz. She knows Galapagos like the palm of her hand.

Regions in Ecuador

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  • Yasuni National Park (9)

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1. Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour

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2. Private and Personalized City Tour of Quito Teleferico and Middle of the World

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3. Day Tour to Isabela Island with Tintorera Islet, Snorkeling Wetlands & Flamingos

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4. Baños Full Day Tour from Quito Including Entrances and Activities

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5. Cotopaxi Full-Day from Quito Including Entrances

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6. Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off

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7. Gastronomic and Cultural Walking Tour of Quito with Tastings

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8. Transfer Airport-hotel in Galapagos Santa Cruz with visit to Giant Tortoises

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9. The Best Extreme Canyoning -Cashaurco in -Banos Ecuador

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10. Private 3-Hour Canyoning Experience in Chamana

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11. Day Tour to Santa Fe Island and Hidden Beach with snorkeling and fishing

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12. Day tour to Pinzón Island and La Fé/Palmitas Bay with snorkeling and fishing

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13. Discover all Quito; Old town + Mitad del Mundo + Teleférico

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14. Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour From Quito Hiking, Birding, Waterfalls

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15. Snorkeling in Cabo Rosa Tunnels Isabela Island

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16. Banos Tour -Treehouse, Devils Cauldron Waterfall

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17. Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

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18. 4 Days Cuyabeno Amazon Experience at Waita Lodge

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19. Full Day Tour Pinzon Island + La Fe/Las Palmas - Snorkeling & Fishing

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20. Visit the Ecuadorian Amazon

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21. All inclusive Quito to Banos 2 day tour

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22. Galapagos TURTLE bike route + reserve the CHATO

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23. Half day tour of Guayaquil: history, cocoa and Ecuadorian taste.

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24. Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with Entrances

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25. Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market

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26. PREMIUM: Half-Day City Tour in Guayaquil

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27. Day Tour to Floreana Island with Snorkeling and Fishing

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28. The Quiteño tour enjoys history and flavors of Quito

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29. Quilotoa Full Day Tour - All included with Quito pick up & drop off

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30. Cajas Unveiled: A Half-Day Escape from Cuenca

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Nature reserved some of her best for Ecuador, with its mountain highlands and haciendas, not to mention its stunning Galapagos Islands . Start an Ecuador trip in  Quito , the nation’s capital, where you can tour its many cultural, religious and historic sites. Or go to coastal Guayaquil to experience local marine wildlife on a boat ride or snorkeling trip.

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154 Trips in Ecuador with 194 Reviews

Galapagos Experience Tour

  • Starts San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
  • Ends Isla Santa Cruz, Ecuador

Galapagos Experience

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  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Adventure & Marine wildlife Adventure , Marine wildlife & Trekking and Hiking 'data-more-tripid='3266'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Boat, Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
  • May 03 Only 6 seats left
  • May 17 Only 2 seats left
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Highlands Of Ecuador Tour

  • Starts Quito, Ecuador
  • Ends Quito, Ecuador

Highlands of Ecuador

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Accommodation Hotel & Lodge
  • Transport Flight, Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,199
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 360
  • Total Price from: US$ 839
  • Apr 26 Only 7 seats left
  • May 10 10+ seats left

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes Tour

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

  • Activities Wildlife & Cultural, religious and historic sites Wildlife , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Explorer & Safari 'data-more-tripid='5161'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Lodge, Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Private Vehicle & Bus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,199
  • Special Deal (25%): - US$ 550
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,649
  • Apr 19 Only 10 seats left
  • Apr 26 Only 3 seats left

Inland & Amazon Tour

Inland & Amazon

  • Activities Rainforest and jungle visits & Cultural, religious and historic sites
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Hut
  • Transport Bus, Flight, 4WD Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 660
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,539
  • Apr 20 Only 6 seats left
  • May 04 10+ seats left

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle Tour

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle

  • Activities Wildlife & Kayaking and canoeing Wildlife , Kayaking and canoeing , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Explorer & Safari 'data-more-tripid='5176'>+3 more
  • Transport Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Brochure Price: US$ 949
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 285
  • Total Price from: US$ 664
  • Apr 20 Only 9 seats left
  • May 04 Only 9 seats left

Andes To Amazon Tour

  • Ends Guayaquil, Ecuador

Andes to Amazon

  • Transport Boat
  • Age Range 16-95 yrs
  • Sep 06 Only 5 seats left
  • Sep 27 Only 8 seats left

Chimborazo Prince Challenge Tour

  • Starts Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi, Ecuador
  • Ends Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Chimborazo Prince Challenge

  • Trip customizable
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Mountains & Climbing
  • Accommodation Guest House & Hotel
  • Age Range 12-75 yrs
  • Operated in English, Spanish

Best Of Galapagos Tour

Best of Galapagos

  • Activities Wildlife & Trekking and Hiking Wildlife , Trekking and Hiking , Walking tours & Safari 'data-more-tripid='3284'>+2 more
  • Transport Boat, Bus, Private Vehicle, Flight & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 4,230
  • Special Deal (12%): - US$ 504
  • Total Price from: US$ 3,726
  • Apr 20 Only 3 seats left
  • Apr 25 Only 3 seats left

Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

Galapagos Island Hopping

  • Activities Wildlife & Walking tours Wildlife , Walking tours , Trekking and Hiking & Safari 'data-more-tripid='3285'>+2 more
  • Transport Boat, Bus, Private Vehicle, Ferry & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,750
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 282
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,468
  • Apr 21 Only 3 seats left

Ecuador: From The Andes To The Pacific Ocean Tour

Ecuador: From the Andes to the Pacific Ocean

  • Activities City sightseeing & Walking tours City sightseeing , Walking tours , Local boat rides , Cultural, religious and historic sites & Train tours 'data-more-tripid='23616'>+3 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Hut
  • Transport Boat, Train, Private Vehicle & Bus
  • Age Range 1-80 yrs

Ecuador Quest Tour

Ecuador Quest

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Explorer
  • Accommodation Hotel, Hut & Home-stay
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,099
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 330
  • Total Price from: US$ 769
  • Apr 13 Only 7 seats left

Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & South Islands Aboard The Yolita Tour

Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & South Islands aboard the Yolita

  • Activities Sailing, yachting and motor boating & Wildlife Sailing, yachting and motor boating , Wildlife , Explorer & Safari 'data-more-tripid='5212'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Villa
  • Transport Flight, Bus, Yacht & Private Vehicle
  • Brochure Price: US$ 4,099
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 1,230
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,869
  • Apr 16 Only 1 seat left
  • Apr 30 Only 3 seats left

Ecuador: Amazon Jungle Short Break Tour

Ecuador: Amazon Jungle Short Break

  • Activities Getaways and short breaks
  • Accommodation Lodge & Hotel
  • Transport Flight & Minibus
  • Age Range 5-99 yrs
  • Apr 18 10+ seats left
  • Apr 19 10+ seats left

Galapagos Explorer: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) Tour

Galapagos Explorer: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

  • Activities Sailing, yachting and motor boating & Wildlife Sailing, yachting and motor boating , Wildlife , Cruise & Safari 'data-more-tripid='12090'>+2 more
  • Transport Boat, Bus, Flight, Ferry & Minibus
  • Age Range 12-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 4,890
  • Special Deal (28%): - US$ 1,347
  • Total Price from: US$ 3,543
  • Apr 30 Only 2 seats left
  • Jun 11 Only 2 seats left

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Ecuador - tour highlights and travel tips.

Chimborazo, the highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes

Ecuador feels like a country that was created after years of practice. Nature reserved some of her beautiful best for Ecuador. The mountain highlands and haciendas are famous for their awe-inspiring wonders and each landmass feels so picture-perfect. Staying in cloud-forest lodges or visiting those timeless villages is perhaps the best thing to do when on a tour to Ecuador. And you also have all kinds of options when it comes to coastal explorations.

The exotic Galapagos, majestic Andes, beautiful Amazon rainforests, 17th century churches, Kichwa villages and much more! A trip to Ecuador often leaves you perplexed for you never know what to leave out from your itinerary. After all, with the things Ecuador country has on offer, you could spend months here.

Tour Highlights

  • Trace Charles Darwin's footsteps on the Galapagos Islands
  • Ride in a basket at the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) in Banos
  • Swing off the end of the world at Casa Del Arbol
  • Hike to Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Worship the sun at Templo del Sol Pintor

Travel Tips

  • Many new visitors to Ecuador do not realise that the currency is, in fact, the United States dollar - and it has been since the year 2000!
  • The journey from Quito airport into the city of Quito takes approximately two hours by bus. A taxi will get you there in under an hour and is usually a cheaper alternative if travelling in a group of three or more.
  • You simply cannot miss Ecuadorian chocolate (and hot chocolate, even in the summer). This must-try food can be found on nearly any street corner.
  • Double check the quality marketplace alpaca products before buying. Sweaters and other products may contain some alpaca fur but are often mostly acrylic. If you're not sure, ask the vendor.
  • If you're looking for a wild and exciting holiday in Ecuador, head to the coast where you'll find plenty of parties and surfing. If you want a more relaxing holiday, head inland for charming, quiet towns.

Ecuador has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Ecuador before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Ecuador, do check out our Ecuador Travel Guide for more information.

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The cobbled streets of Quito's Old Town

Andes & Galapagos tour

See the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Barter at traditional, colorful markets in Otavalo and the Gualaceo valley.

Learn about the numerous indigenous Ecuadorian cultures that retain proud heritage today.

Explore the UNESCO colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca.

Shop for Panama hats.

Stay in a centuries-old traditional hacienda.

13 days from $9,665pp

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Frigate bird in the Galapagos

Wildlife of Ecuador: Amazon & Galapagos

Galapagos Islands — "Darwin's laboratory" and a truly unique location with incredibly fearless wildlife.

Ecuadorian Amazon — home to some of the Amazon's most recognized ecolodges with excellent set up, guides and wildlife spotting opportunities.

Quito — a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fine colonial architecture.

11 days from $9,850pp

Galapagos Flamingos

Luxury Ecuador & Galapagos tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito with its growing reputation for good restaurants, bars and cafés.

Enjoy a stay in the cloudforest at Mashpi Lodge surrounded by birdlife and home to great canopy tram.

Stay at Hacienda Zuleta which is considered to be one of the finest haciendas in Ecuador.

Discover the incredible, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos on a luxury Silversea cruise.

15 days from $18,460pp

Sea lions in the Galapagos

Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

Experience the unique fearless wildlife of Galapagos.

Visit some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos Islands.

See the marine iguana, the world's only marine lizard.

Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10 days from $7,980pp

Tortoise up close

Galapagos from ashore

Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.

See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.

Spot marine iguanas, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.

10 days from $8,050pp

Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos island-hopping tour

Spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.

11 days from $8,780pp

Sea lions, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloudforest.

Undertake zip-lining, white-water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

Get up close to the perfectly conical Arenal Volcano.

15 days from $12,300pp

Galapagos Marine Iguana

Highlights of Colombia, Ecuador & Galapagos

Visit the wildlife prolific Galapagos Islands.

Stay in a traditional Finca in the coffee growing region, explore the region and try your hand at some coffee production.

Enjoy the historical center of Bogotá.

Explore the fortified city of Cartagena.

14 days from $13,100pp

Sacred Valley of Incas, Peru

Incas & islands: Machu Picchu & Galapagos tour

Explore the vibrant former Inca capital of Cuzco.

Visit Machu Picchu, the jewel in the Inca crown.

Get up close to the fearless Galapagos wildlife.

See the beautiful scenery and colorful markets of the Sacred Valley.

12 days from $13,600pp

Ecuador's capital, Quito

Speak to our Ecuador specialists to plan your tailor-made itinerary

Some of our favorite travel guides, my perfect trip: a grand tour of mainland ecuador, what to do in ecuador: our highlights guide, ecuador's wildlife beyond the galapagos: the amazon and cloudforest.

Quito & the Cotopaxi Volcano

Ecuador’s more than the Galapagos Islands: it’s South America in miniature. Specialist Caroline talks you through her ideal trip, which includes some of the country’s unsung heroes — from Andean highlands to Amazon backwaters — and her pick of its finest properties.

Canoe trip to Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador

Although famous for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers the visitor a wealth of other attractions, from active volcanoes and spectacular train journeys, to UNESCO World Heritage cities and wildlife trips to the Amazon.

Monkey in the Amazon, Ecuador

While Scott from our Latin America team believes that the Galapagos are fundamental to any amateur naturalist’s trip to Ecuador, he’d also encourage you to consider exploring the mainland’s Amazon and cloudforest regions as part of your Ecuador wildlife tour.

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The Best of Ecuador

The 11-day insiders' ecuador tour takes you from the pacific coast in metropolitan guayaquil into the high andes, including days in cuenca, banos, chimborazo, cajas & cotopaxi national parks, quilotoa crater lake, papallacta cloudforest town, and historic colonial quito. guided hikes, city tours, a train ride, and all manner of adventure are included in this expedition..

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Central Andes

This 6-day central andes tour takes you to the most breathtaking sites in ecuador's highland region, including colonial quito, cotopaxi national park, quilotoa crater lake, the adventure town of banos, and the expansive artisan market at otavalo. hiking, culture, and wildlife are at the heart of this exploration excursion..

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Insiders' Choice

The insiders' choice tour is a 7-day custom ecuadorian tour, designed by our team of expert local tour guides, visiting top natural & wildlife destinations like the valley of waterfalls in banos, cotopaxi national park, quilotoa crater lake, the amazon rainforest, and the papallacta hot-springs. travelers also get a chance to explore colonial quito and other important sites..

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Ecuador Andean Highlights

Experience some of the more remote gems of the ecuadorian highland region of the andes, like the hotsprings of papallacta, the biodiverse cloudforest of mindo, cuicocha crater lake, and cotopaxi volcano. along the way, you'll visit indigenous communities, hike, and witness wildlife like you've never seen..

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Cuenca & South Towns

This 4-day cuenca & south towns highlights tour takes travelers on a journey through ecuador's tranquil highland region, where you'll have the chance to ride the famed devil's nose train, explore colonial cuenca, visit two remote towns, and explore the ingapirca inca ruins..

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Devil's Nose Train

Experience first-hand one of the most impressive feats of human engineering ever on this 2-day ecuador extension tour on the devil's nose train. zig-zag your way from cotopaxi national park in the high andes down an intricate network of switchbacks to the coastal lowlands..

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Immerse yourself in a birder's paradise as you travel from the highlands of quito into the dense amazon rainforest on this 5-day birdwatching tour. hiking into the remote corners of these natural settings will acquaint you with the endemic and native wildlife of the mountains, cloudforest, and ecuadorian jungle..

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Ecuador Honeymoon

One of the best honeymoon packages ecuador offers, this trip takes in spectacular snow-capped mountains, colorful markets, stunning waterfalls, volcanoes and crater lakes and provides opportunities for hiking, wildlife observation and sightseeing along the way. this ecuador honeymoon package includes 5-star accommodation, private transport, tour guides and special romantic dinners too..

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Tren Crucero

Considered one of the best cruise trains in the world, ecuador's 4-day tren crucero tour takes you either from the coastal town of duran into the heights of the andes or in the opposite route down to the coast, visiting ambato, urbina, otavalo, duran, and guayaquil en route, and navigating the legendary devil's nose passage..

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Ecuador Multisport

The 6-day ecuador multisport features biking along the slopes of the active tungurahua volcano, rainforest exploration, hiking, rafting, climbing and more along the way, you'll visit cotopaxi & llanganates national parks, the cloudforest, jatunyacu river, cuicocha crater, and puyo..

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The ideal ecuador tour packs a lifetime of adventure into just 5 days in the northern andes. challenge yourself as you trek through the highlands to experience destinations such as the imbabura volcano, cuicocha crater lake, the otavalo indigenous market, and the cayambe volcano..

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Ecuador Biking Adventure

In just 5 days, the ecuador biking adventure tour takes you through the andean highlands, into the forest, and along the avenue of the volcanoes. visit historic quito and the epicenter of adventure in northern ecuador, as you make your way from otavalo and chota valley through the mountains and forest of the area and along the slopes of the imbabura volcano..

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The 5-day northern forest hiking tour highlights nature and wildlife as you visit the lesser-known towns and areas of ecuador's highland region. you'll also stay in a traditional hacienda and have an opportunity to visit the artisan market at otavalo, complementing hikes through angel & condor reserves and the polylepis andean forest..

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Pacific Adventure

Enjoy 4 days of surfing and relaxation in sun-kissed ecuador on this pacific adventure tour. destinations include metropolitan guayaquil, the buzzing beach towns of montanita and los frailes, and machalilla national park. surfing lessons & exploration of the wildlife in dos mangas top off this coastal experience..

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Galapagos Islands & Amazon Kayaking

Combine two top ecuador destinations in one exciting journey on the 10-day galapagos islands & amazon jungle tour arrive in historic quito and head straight for the dense rainforest, where you can explore the extreme biodiversity via kayak and on guided hikes. then fly to the pristine galapagos islands, where the natural sites on isabela & santa cruz islands will leave you breathless..

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Otavalo Day Tour

This one-day tour is centered around a visit to the largest artisan market in south america at otavalo, but it also includes stops at san pablo lake and an artisan workshop as well as the colonial town of cotacachi. your tour includes transportation to and from your hotel in quito..

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Cotopaxi Day Tour

In just one day, you'll summit the highest active volcano on the planet on this private cotopaxi exploration. a stop at the museum beforehand offers context and background, and the rest of the day will be spent exploring the national park and actually hiking at this mighty volcano..

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Quilotoa Lake Day Tour

Head south from quito early in the morning to arrive at the impressive quilotoa lake, nestled in the crater of an active volcano. from the rim, you can admire its beauty before hiking down to the turquoise waters and either kayaking or walking around it. if you don't feel like hiking back up, then mules can be rented to assist in the climb.

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Mindo Day Tour

Biodiversity and nature take center stage on this one-day tour of the small town of mindo in the ecuadorian cloudforest. right between the amazon and the andes, you'll visit a butterfly farm, a chocolate factory, and perhaps even an orchid garden or zipline adventure, if you'd like to add them on..

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Papallacta Springs Day Tour

Punctuate your time in ecuador with a day trip to the soothing waters of the papallacta hot springs. here you can soak your troubles away as the medicinal waters relax you in the tranquil mountain ambiance. opportunities for massages, spa treatments, and hiking in the surrounding wildlife are available too..

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Living Like a Local Day Tour

This half-day immersion tour will give you a taste of authentic daily life in ecuador's capital city of quito, including a trip to both san roque & san francisco markets, la compania jesuit church, the manos en la ronda artisan project & chocolatier, and lunch at the elegant casa gangotena hotel..

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Posted on Last updated: October 13, 2023

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The 6 Best Ecuador Tours For Unforgettable Adventures That Are Achievable & Affordable

Expert travel storyteller Jordan Adkins, founder of InspiredByMaps.com, brings a decade of adventures across 101 countries and 450+ UNESCO sites into rich, off-the-beaten-path narratives, melding ecological expertise with genuine, seasoned travel insights. His full bio can be found here.

Ecuador, a compelling nation located on the west coast of South America, is known for its striking diversity of landscapes, abundant biodiversity, and lively indigenous cultures.

This enchanted country, which sits on the equator, provides an incredible abundance of sights for travelers – most of which are covered by the best Ecuador tours. You will be very busy on your holiday with attractions like the majestic Andes Mountains, the luxuriant Amazon Rainforest, and the ethereal Galapagos Islands!

A multi-day tour of Ecuador is the best way to experience everything this fascinating and diverse nation offers. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a multiday tour.

Ecuador is a large country with a wide variety of natural and cultural attractions. A multi-day tour enables you to maximize your time and see several locations while following a set plan. You can concentrate on enjoying the journey and making the most of your experiences.

Multi-day trips within Ecuador are frequently led by qualified and experienced tour leaders who are well-versed in the nation’s history, culture, and natural beauties. Their knowledge is there to help improves your comprehension and appreciation of the locations you see, giving you insightful information and ensuring you get the most out of your vacation. Lively indigenous villages with extensive cultural traditions can be found in Ecuador. A multi-day journey offers the chance to engage with local people, participate in real-life activities that expand your awareness of Ecuador’s cultural heritage, and observe traditional events and rituals.

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The unmatched biodiversity of Ecuador, which is most striking on the Galapagos Islands, is one of the country’s greatest treasures. Experiencing Ecuador’s abundance of wildlife on a multi-day tour allows you to get up close and personal with iconic species like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies while learning about ongoing conservation efforts.

In conclusion, a multi-day tour in Ecuador offers a thorough and immersive experience, enabling you to see the nation’s varied landscapes, come in contact with rare wildlife, interact with locals, and take part in exhilarating excursions. You can unwind and enjoy every second of this spectacular adventure through Ecuador’s enchanted lands.

Traveling to Ecuador on a multi-day, organized tour is the best way to experience Ecuador. This is because you will not only be safe but also get a chance to learn about the country in detail from a local, experience local tradition and way of life as well as sit back and travel with ease, knowing everything is preplanned and ready for you. Here are the top six tours in the stunning country of Ecuador!

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Ecuadorian Treasures Bucket List Tour

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Explore the true Ecuador on this multi-day tour!  Explore the Ecuadorian Jungle with a  knowledgeable guide, private transportation, and much more as you discover Ecuador on a small group tour. You’ll bike at one of the most active volcanos in the world, hike in the Andes, visit indigenous communities, sample the cuisine there, and truly get to know the country for what it is. 

Quito is where this tour starts and ends.  The 8-day Ecuadorian Treasures Bucket List Tour from Active Adventure Tours includes stops in Quito and 11 other locations throughout the country. Here is a full look at your itinerary for this tour. 

Day One: Arrive in Quito, where your guide will meet you. Enjoy an orientation later in the day.

Day Two: Early in the morning, we will drive 1 and half hours to the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. Continue to the Mariscal Sucre Museum, located at 12,000 ft above sea level. Drive towards LImpiopungo Lake, with a possible hike. 

Day Three: in the morning, start the hike from Insilivi towards Chugchilan village. 

Day Four: Drive for 30 minutes towards Quilotoa Lake, where you will take a lovely hike through nature. Continue to Banos City.

Day Five:  start your tour by visiting some Banos City sights like the local market, the main Church, and the Melcochas tasting. Then continue towards the Famous Waterfalls Avenue. Then we will drive to Cumanda village, which will be the start of the Rafting tour down to Pastaza River.

Day Six: take a motor canoe ride on the Napo River, visiting some villages like Misahually, known as The Monkeys Town. Continue the canoe ride to the Arajuno River. Finally, you will visit the AMAZOONICO Rescue Center, where you can see some animals from the jungle. Then we will stop at Tiyu Yaku Kichwa Community, where you will see all about their way of living, ceramic and local cuisine.

Day Seven:  depart early towards Archidona Town. At the food market, you will try the famous ChontaCuro or Jungle Prawns to get enough energy to visit The Jungle Caverns. Drive to Papallacta village to relax.

Day Eight: Departure at any time. 

This tour is easily considered one of the best for its jam-packed itinerary. This tour is loaded with fun activities and lots of sightseeing so you can truly experience Ecuador to the fullest. You’ll experience very eventful days and relaxing evenings, which is the perfect adventure combination. GUIDEcuador Travel operates this tour.

Guidecuador Travel is a tour operator that provides adult groups, families, and single travelers with wholesale group rates on lodging, transportation, activities, and more. They provide a staggering selection of all-inclusive group tours and day trips to a wide range of locations in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.

GUIDEcuador Travel focuses on delivering exciting and adventurous itineraries so you can get the most out of your vacation. This tour has an overall rating of 5 out of five stars and can easily be considered one of the best tours in Ecuador. 

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Trek in the Ecuadorian Andes as you explore the breathtaking scenery, undiscovered communities, Indigenous cultures, and enormous volcanoes. All these characteristics and others shape the well-known Avenue of Volcanoes in Ecuador’s highlands. You will delve deeply into the Andean culture and way of life with this walking journey along the winding paths taken by the native mountain people.

Quito is where it all starts and ends. You’ll truly see the country in detail with eight full days to discover 10 cities in Ecuador. This tour includes accommodation, transportation, meals, an expert guide, and excursions. Here is a full look at your complete itinerary! 

Day One: Arrival in Quito. 

Day Two: Trekking in Cotopaxi National {ark.

Day Three: Trekking the Toachi Canyon & Chugchilan

Day Four: Trek from Chugchilan to Quilotoa

Day Five: Trek to Chimborazo Basecamp

Day Six: Trek in the Llanganates National Park

Day Seven:  Hike to the Route of Waterfalls and Return to Quito

Enjoy eight full days of trekking through the jaw-dropping volcanos of Ecuador. You’ll be not only immersed in the local culture, but you will be completely immersed in nature as you experience some of the unique wonders of Ecuador.

This tour is special as it offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the active volcanos of Ecuador. Most people visit Ecuador for Galapagos Islands or the capital city, but this tour is quite different as you are completely immersed in the mountains of Ecuador. Adventure Journeys offer this excursion.

To provide the most incredible group adventure experiences, Adventure Journeys has put together a team of tourism experts and expert local guides; through their distinctive client-centered philosophy, it is their goal to achieve the ultimate traveler’s satisfaction.

With an overall rating of 4.8 out of five stars, this seems to be very accurate, and according to travelers, this tour hit the spot just right. In conclusion, this is one of the best tours in Ecuador. 

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Ecuador Galapagos Travels

Spend a special vacation in the Galapagos Islands and allow one of the world’s natural wonders to astound you. Explore an uninhabited island, travel to the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela, swim, snorkel, hike, and experience the magic of the stunning archipelago.

The most amazing ecosystems in the Galapagos will be seen on this all-inclusive vacation plan, from the stunning lunar-like volcanic scenery of Sierra Negra Volcano to the Highlands of Santa Cruz, which are home to the Giant Tortoises.

This tour starts and ends in Quito. You’ll have 10 full days to experience five cities in Ecuador. Meals, transportation, accommodation, an expert guide, and excursions are included in the cost of the tour. Here is a complete look at your day-to-day itinerary for this tour. 

Day One: Arrive in Quito:

Day Two:  Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station

Day Three: Exploring an Uninhabited Island

Day Four: Morning Bay Tour & Afternoon at Leisure in Santa Cruz

Day Five: Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet

Day Six: Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano

Day Seven: Free Time on Isabela Island

Day Eight: Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island and Kayaking Tortuga Bay

Day Nine: Transfer to the Airport on Baltra Island

Day Ten: Departure from Quito.

Spend ten full days discovering the Galapagos Islands to the fullest as you experience the islands with a true local expert. You’ll have some adrenaline-pumping adventures and some time to relax with an equal balance of free time. Ecuador Galapagos Travel operates this tour.

For 12 years, Ecuador Galapagos Travel has specialized in intriguing cultural and adventure tours in the Andes, tranquil beach vacations on the Pacific coast, journeys into the enigmatic green world of the Amazon rainforest, and cruises that visit the magical Galápagos Islands.

Whether you’re interested in seeing the jungle, the Andes, the coast, or the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Galapagos Travel Agency specializes in personalized travel services to satisfy all your travel needs.

You can ensure you will truly enjoy yourself as this tour operator is not only considered a platinum tour operator but is also rated 5 out of five stars. With all this information in mind, this ten-day Galapagos tour is considered one of the best tours in Ecuador. 

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Intrepid Travel

On this breathtaking excursion deep into the rainforest, learn the secrets of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Discover the diverse plant and animal life that inhabits this region of the Amazon by going on guided walks and adventurous excursions!

Discover the thrill of sleeping in this remote location deep in the Ecuadorian jungle as you awaken to the exotic sound of birdcalls and the smells of the jungle. You will start and end in Quito on this tour. This four-day travel package includes visits to two Ecuadorian cities with lodging, an expert guide, meals, and other amenities included in the cost. Here is your look at the itinerary for this tour. 

Day One: You will start with being picked up in Quito. You will fly to the riverport town of Coca. A lodge representative will meet you at the airport and take you to the river port. Here you’ll board an 18-meter (57-foot) motorized canoe for a 1-hour trip  In the afternoon, and once you’ve settled at the lodge, your guide will take you on a short hike to a panoramic point for rainforest views.

Day Two – Three: The next two days are packed with activities. You will enjoy wildlife spotting, canoe rides, and jungle walks. You may have the opportunity to meet an indigenous family of the Quichuas del Oriente community, too. You will be surrounded by the true Amazon, which is considered magical. 

Day Four: Depart for Quito. 

This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means an Intrepid group leader does not accompany you; instead, our local representative serves in this capacity. This trip will leave with at least one person, so you might travel with others who have reservations for the same day as you or travel alone. In the Amazon, the temperature might change.

During the day, it can be quite hot, muggy, and sticky, and at night it can be very frigid. The greatest approach to combat the heat during the day is with light cotton clothing, while foundation layers are best for staying comfortable at night.

To feel at ease while exploring the jungle, a reasonable level of fitness is needed. Although lodging in the Amazon is spotless, cozy, and conveniently situated, it can sometimes seem quite simple. Please keep all this information in mind. 

The infamous Intrepid Travel offers this tour. When two guys from Melbourne decided to hit the road and explore the world in the most traditional way possible, they came up with the idea for intrepid travel. Since then, Intrepid has advanced significantly and now offers over 100,000 travelers a year the chance to travel in small groups throughout all 7 continents.

This tour has an overall rating of 5 out of five stars. It is considered very short for organized tours, but it does give you a quick look into life in the Amazon if you don’t have much time. This is one of the best tours in Ecuador.

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G Adventures

It’s not just about cruising in the Galápagos Islands! The cost of this 9-day trip is lower than you might anticipate for a fun island excursion while keeping you close to the action – and there’s always enough of it in the archipelago, trust us. Additionally, there won’t be a shortage of activities to keep you busy, ranging from Sierra Negra volcano hiking to snorkeling.

This tour starts and ends in Quito. With nine full days to discover the Galapagos, you’ll see a total of 3 cities on the island, including Quito on the mainland. Accommodations, an expert guide, meals, transportation, and more are completely included in the cost of the tour. Here is a look at your complete itinerary with G-Adventures. 

Day One: Arrive in Quito at any time.

Day Two: Wheels up! Fly to the Galápagos Islands. Transfer across Santa Cruz island to town and take a guided visit in the afternoon to the Charles Darwin Research Station for an opportunity to see the famous tortoises up close.

Day Three: Hop on a speedboat and head to Isabela Island and then hike the Sierra Negra

Day Four: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town of Puerto Villamil

Day Five: This morning, enjoy a snorkeling excursion at Concha de Perla with a free afternoon in Santa Cruz Island. Later, head out to explore Puerto Ayora and sample the local specialties of the Santa Cruz Brewing Company.

Day Six: Take another speedboat to San Cristóbal Island and visit the Galapagos National Park Interpretation Center. Later, go snorkelling at Tijeretas.

Day Seven: Free day in San Cristobal Island. 

Day Eight: Say goodbye to the islands and head back to Quito.

Day Nine: This is where the tour ends. 

With an equal balance of free time, action/adventure excursions, and relaxation time, you will surely experience Ecuador to the fullest with the world-renowned G-Adventures.

Officially owned by National Geographic, world-famous for its worldly magazines, this tour operator only recruits the best of the best guides, incorporates the best accommodation, and creates authentic itineraries meant to teach and show you each country in detail. This tour has an overall rating of 4.6 out of five stars. Overall a well-crafted time that is perfect for a trip to Ecuador. 

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Bucket List Group Travel LLC

Arriving in Quito marks the beginning of the seven-day journey to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Discover the Pacific Ocean’s Galapagos archipelago and marvel at the exotic wildlife that motivated Darwin to study the evolution of species. Visit Frigate Hill to observe the unique birds. View the bright Christmas Iguanas and the adorable sea lion pups.

You’ll Enjoy the breathtaking drives and go trekking in La Loberia’s Highlands. This tour starts and ends in Quito. You’ll spend seven full days discovering Ecuador, with time to explore the capital city of Quito and the Galapagos Islands. Almost all of your amenities are included. Enjoy accommodations, meals, an expert guide, excursions, and transport that is prebooked for you and had in the cost of your tour. Here is your full itinerary for this tour!

Day One: Arrive in Quito.

Day Two: catch the flight from Quito Airport to San Cristobal of the Galapagos Islands. Visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center. Make your way to Frigate Hill to spot the Frigate Birds. Snorkel with the colorful fishes in the glossy water and then take photos of the sunset at Playa Carola before heading back to the hotel.

Day Three: Enjoy a navigation tour to Leon Dormido for excellent snorkeling and swimming session near Kicker Rock. Head over to the deserted beach to explore the wildlife of the Galapagos. Make your way back to San Cristobal by boat after a few hours. You will return to Puerto Baquerizo at around 4 pm. 

Day Four:  take a ride on the bus or a truck to reach the jagged Highlands of San Cristobal. Stop at Mirador de la Soledad, Laguna Del Junco and Playa De Puerto Chino en route to La Loberia. You’ll also get the chance to Go snorkeling before returning to the hotel.

Day Five: Set out on a tour of Espanola Island after breakfast. Disembark at Punta Suarez and start on the most exciting hike of two hours. Board the boat after the hike to reach the picturesque Gardner Islet. Snorkel with the sea lions at Gardner Bay and return to San Cristobal at the end of the day. 

Day Six: catch the flight to Quito. Embark on a  guided walking tour of the city in the evening.

Day Seven: Drive through Occidental Avenue to ride the Teleferico Cable Car and disembark at Cruz Loma. Enjoy hiking, and then travel to the site of the Middle Of The World, where you can witness the line that separates the northern and southern hemispheres. The tour ends here. 

Explore Ecuador to the fullest on this week-long tour. You’ll experience the true adventure as you immerse yourself in Ecuador’s natural beauty and interesting culture. This tour is considered different and unique for its very busy itinerary and mix of activities. You’ll also enjoy more freedom on this tour.

With a nice balance of free time, education, and heart-stopping adventures, you’ll be kept on your toes the entire week. With excellent ratings from tourists worldwide and a well-put-together itinerary, this tour is one of the best in Ecuador!

These tours highlight Ecuador’s best features, allowing you to see its different cultures, learn about its natural beauties, and take home unforgettable memories of an amazing trip across this alluring nation. In conclusion, These are the top six best tours in Ecuador. 

If none of these tours work for you in Ecuador, please do not worry. There is a wide variety of tour options in the country, and we are confident that there will be something that fits your needs and interests.

Take a look at all the group tours in Ecuador now , which you can sort by private or group, maximum sizing, budget, dates, and much (much more). The team at TourRadar is also always more than happy to answer any questions, provide further information or assist in any way in finding the perfect tour for you.

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Cotopaxi Volcano at dusk, with snow on top, on a clear day, near the city of Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador might be smaller than its heavyweight South American neighbours, but it has no shortage of natural wonders.

Blessed with a bonanza of perfect beaches and the wildlife haven of the  Galapagos Islands , Ecuador’s wealth of natural riches creates a one-stop shop for incredible experiences. Whether it’s spotting hummingbirds in the Amazon rainforest , seeing a condor swoop through the Andes or getting an up-close view of marine life along the coast – Ecuador is unrivalled in serving up South America ’s best. 

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Ecuador at a glance

Capital city.

Quito (population 2.8 million)

18.2 million

US Dollar (USD)

(GMT-05:00) Bogota, Lima, Quito, Rio Branco

CALLING CODE

Electricity.

Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)

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Culture and customs.

About 65 per cent of Ecuadorians have a mixed European background and 25 per cent are indigenous (there are more than a dozen distinct groups). The rest of the population is predominantly from either Spanish or African descent. It’s a small country, but food, dress, dialects and customs can vary throughout.

Ecuador’s two largest cities – Quito and Guayaquil – split most of the population into mountain living and coastal living. People from the coast (Guayaquil) call mountain people (Quito) conservative, whereas mountain people have been known to argue that those from the coast are uncultured. While usually contained to light banter, this rivalry sometimes creates tension between the two cities.

Eating and drinking

Ecuadorian cuisine is largely shaped by its abundant fresh produce. Seafood and plantain dominate the coast, with dietary staples including ceviche, tropical fish (particularly corvina or sea bass) and seafood soups such as encebollado.

Creamy coconut milk is commonly used to create flavourful sauces. Look for the word ‘encocado’ on menus – it means the dish is served in a coconut sauce. 

Foods to try in Ecuador

1. locro de papa.

A classic Ecuadorian potato and corn soup, usually served with cheese, corn and avocado.  

2. Encebollado

Usually made with albacore tuna, encebollado is a pickled onion fish soup. Ecuadorians swear this soup is the ultimate hangover food.

There are many variations of this dish, but just about all of them use seafood as its core ingredient, such as fish, shrimp, octopus, squid, crab, clams or lobster. It’s diced and then marinated in various ways for flavour. 

4. Ceviche de chocos

Vegetarians don’t need to feel left out while everyone is feasting on all the ceviche – ceviche de chochos is a vegetarian alternative. An indigenous bean called chocho is combined with onions, tomatoes, cilantro (coriander), limes, oranges and tomato sauce, then topped with maiz tostado (toasted corn nut), chifles (plantain chips), avocado and hot sauce.

Geography and environment

Tucked away on the continent’s Pacific coastline, Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America . Bordering Colombia in the north and Peru in the south, Ecuador contains its own segments of some of South America’s most famous landmarks, including the Amazon rainforest and the Andes.

Like many other South American countries, Ecuador’s coastline boasts a large number of pristine beaches. Mantra, Crucita, Canoa and Montanita are among the famous spots, however there are many other national parks and small coastal towns that offer their own variations of beachside bliss.

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, is located in the north of the country and is renowned for its colonial architecture. To the west of the city is Pichincha, one of Ecuador’s many spectacular volcanoes.

Adding to Ecuador’s list of natural wonders are the incredible Galapagos Islands, which lie about 1000 km west of the mainland. These volcanic islands are famed for their association with botanist Charles Darwin, who spent considerable time studying their incredible biodiversity.

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Top 5 natural marvels of Ecuador

1. volcanoes.

Ecuador is a climbing and mountaineering paradise, with some of the grandest (and most active) volcanoes in the world. Just south of Quito lies the ‘Avenue of Volcanos’, which includes the country's highest peak, and no less than nine awe-inspiring volcanos.

Ecuador is a beach lover’s haven, with a well-earned reputation for supplying some of the most gorgeous spots on South America’s Pacific coast. While there are no shortage of backpacker havens and crowded Ecuadorian holiday spots, those seeking a little more privacy should check out the beautiful Manta and the gorgeous Machalilla National Park.

3. The Andes

Hard to ignore, the Andes form Ecuador’s rocky spine and are home to breathtaking tropical valleys, snow-capped peaks and fresh mountain lakes. A welcome escape from Ecuador’s hot summers, the Andes offer an unforgettable array of high-altitude adventures.

Explore the Andes and the Amazon on our 8 day Ecuador Highlands trip

4. The Amazon

Rich in colour and natural diversity, Ecuador is blessed with a sizeable portion of the famous Amazon rainforest. Lying to the west of the Andes, this incredible jungle is home to some of the world’s most fascinating and unique species, as well as being an ideal place to enjoy activities such as canoeing, trekking and bird watching.

5. Galapagos Islands

Journey to a lost world and discover a wildlife sanctuary that continues to inspire visitors and scientists alike. Relatively untouched by human life, the Galapagos is an ecological Disneyland, the jewel in Ecuador’s already glistening crown.

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If you're looking for gifts to take home after your trip, you'll find plenty of local markets throughout the country. Here are a few top shopping spots to buy local goods and souvenirs in Ecuador.

In Quito, the Olga Fisch Gallery is an excellent place to shop clothing, ceramics, paintings and other creations by Ecuador’s best artisans and craftspeople. Be aware that the gallery focuses on high-end products and the price tags reflect the quality.

Otavalo Market in the city of Otavalo – the largest and most famous market in South America – is the best place in the country to shop for handmade artisan goods including alpaca sweaters, textiles, ceramics, leather products, jewellery and woodcarvings.

Known locally as Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo Market has been around for hundreds of years, predating Incan times. Vendors sell their wares seven days a week, though Saturdays and Wednesdays are the best days to go when more vendors are set up. Like most markets in Latin America, bargaining is accepted.

Despite popular opinion, Panama hats are not from Panama, they are an Ecuadorian creation. Originally woven using local straw along the coast, these days they’re mostly made in Cuenca.

The city’s hat factories offer an interesting glimpse into the production of this UNESCO-listed craft. Make sure to shop around if you are in the market to purchase your own Panama hat as price and quality vary greatly (between USD 10 and USD 250).

Cuenca is also famed for its ceramics. Artesa and E. Vega Galeria – the workshop of Ecuador’s most famous artist, Eduardo Vega – are two notable places to shop for quality ceramics.

Festivals and events

Ecuador has a busy festival calendar. Here are some of the country's most popular events:

1. Carnival

While many associate colourful costumes and giant floats with Carnival, celebrations in Ecuador are a bit different. Here, the week before Lent (usually in February) is marked with boisterous water/food fights.

Friends and strangers alike can expect to be doused in all kinds of things including flour, water balloons and eggs. If this sort of play sounds more annoying than fun, head to Ambato, where flour is replaced with flowers.

2. Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun)

Commemorating the June solstice and harvest, this festival is celebrated by indigenous communities across South America. The main event in Ecuador takes place in Otavalo, where barbeques, bonfires, traditional dances and parades go on for a week.

3. Mama Negra

The most important event on the Latacunga calendar features a parade of characters in flamboyant costumes, dancing, drinking and general revelry. Honouring both the Virgen de las Mercedes and the 19th century liberation of African slaves, it’s so important it happens twice – once in September and then again in November.

4. Cuenca Independence Day

Celebrations fill every corner of the city each November as Cuenca commemorates its independence from Spain. Overlapping with the annual Day of the Dead festival, streets fill with people taking in parades, dances, and sporting events; crafts fairs are held across the city; and food vendors set up at cemeteries while families visit the graves of loved ones.

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Ecuador travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Ecuador?

While tipping isn’t mandatory, tips are very much appreciated by service workers and guides. Leaving a 10% tip is customary in restaurants. Some automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill, in which case an extra tip isn’t required.

What is the internet access like in Ecuador?

Internet can be accessed at internet cafes and hotels in large cities and towns but is limited in rural and remote areas.

Can I use my cell phone while in Ecuador?

Cell phone coverage is good in Ecuador’s cities, but may not be available in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

What are the toilets like in Ecuador?

Ecuador has a mix of Western-style flushable toilets and squat toilets. Either way, always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as these are not always provided. You’ll notice that most flushable toilets have a waste basket next to them. This is because toilets in Ecuador can’t handle toilet paper and will overflow if you try to flush it. Instead, always put used toilet paper in these baskets. 

What will it cost for a...?

Short bus ride = USD 0.20 Juice = USD 1 Street food snack = USD 1.50 Simple lunch = USD 3-5 Sit down dinner at a cafe or restaurant = US$10

Can I drink the water in Ecuador?

Travellers should avoid drinking tap water in Ecuador. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this. Remember to peel fruit and vegetables before eating and avoid ice in drinks.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Ecuador?

Credit cards are usually accepted by hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors and family-run restaurants and market stalls. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

What is ATM access like in Ecuador?

ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren't always available.

Do I need travel insurance before travelling in Ecuador?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.  For more information on insurance, please go to:  Travel Insurance

What public holidays are celebrated in Ecuador?

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 19 Apr: Good Friday
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 24 May: Battle of Pichincha
  • 10 Aug: Independence Day
  • 9 Oct: Guayaquil Independence Day
  • 2 Nov: All Soul’s Day
  • 3 Nov: Cuenca Independence Day
  • 25 Dec: Christmas

For a current list of public holidays in Ecuador go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/south-america/ecuador/public-holidays/

Will I experience altitude sickness in Ecuador?

Most people can start to feel the effects of altitude at over 2000 m (6561 ft) regardless of age, gender or fitness level. Quito, as well as other tourist spots, sit above this elevation and some travellers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness, including shortness of breath, headache, nausea and loss of appetite. It’s important to take it easy, drink plenty of water and speak to your group leader at once if you feel unwell.

We recommend seeing your doctor if you have any health concerns before undertaking the trip. Particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition or take any medication.

Do I need any vaccinations before visiting Ecuador?

Ecuador requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever. Many South and Central American countries pose a risk (including Argentina, Brazil and Colombia), so if you are planning on visiting other nearby nations before Ecuador you may be required to get this vaccine. 

Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule your vaccination 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective. No other vaccines are required in order to enter Ecuador but some are recommended for protection against disease.

Is Ecuador a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Ecuador is a relatively hassle-free destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers. Same-sex marriage was legalised here in 2019 and LGBT discrimination is illegal. In saying that, conservative attitudes still exist throughout the country and LGBTQIA+ travellers are generally advised to use discretion when it comes to public displays of affection.

In the big cities like Quito and Guayaquil, there are many gay-friendly hotels, bars, clubs and cafes, however, they can be harder to find in smaller cities and towns.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex  or ILGA before you travel.

Last updated: 08/12/2023

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

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From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Does my trip to Ecuador support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Ecuador directly support our foundation partner, Galapagos Conservancy . 

Galapagos Conservancy  

The Galapagos Conservancy protect the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos. Donations from our trips support their Galápagos Conservancy Women in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (WISE) program, providing critical capital for sustainability initiatives and building the entrepreneurial capacity of Galápagos women.  

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Moscow Vibes – Three Day City Escape

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This short Moscow tour will give you a true taste of the history, culture and incomparable urban vibe that define one of the world’s largest metropolises. In just three days, this Moscow itinerary takes in all the most iconic sights of this attraction-packed destination. After two and half days getting acquainted with the city, we’ve set time aside for you to explore Moscow your way and discover your own favourite hang-outs in a city overflowing with hidden treasures

3-Day Moscow Tour Highlights:

  • Panoramic Tour of Moscow: See Moscow beyond the postcard images on a private excursion by car through the city streets including a drive along the banks of the Moskva River. Visit the famous Bolshoi Theatre, pass by Gorky Park and the Novodevichy Convent, and admire the city from on high at the Sparrow Hill observation platform.
  • Moscow Historical City Centre Guided Walking Tour : Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of one of the world’s biggest metropolises and discover local haunts on foot, including the Red Square, the Kremlin and the multi-coloured domes of St Basil’s Cathedral.
  • Armory Chamber tour: Explore the endless treasures of this unique museum, displaying the wealth accumulated by Russian rulers from the 12th century until the October Revolution of 1917. Walking through the exhibition halls is a journey through the centuries.
  • Moscow Metro Tour : Go deep underground on a subway tour of the famous Moscow metro. The world’s deepest metro system is renowned for its palatial, art-adorned stations, complete with marble columns and chandeliers.

On your first day, you’ll be treated to a panoramic, drive-by tour of Moscow to get a feel for the immense scale of one of the world’s most rapidly developing urban centres. The city’s history unfolds in real-time as you pass lavish imperial mansions, solemn Soviet structures and luxurious modern shopping centres.

Day two kicks off exploring Moscow’s historic centre on foot, followed by a tour of the Kremlin, the seat of Russian power and political intrigue for centuries. Stand in the Red Square, surrounded by the stunning architecture as you hear stories of the people and events behind many of Moscow’s most iconic landmarks.

On your final day, we’ll head beneath the city for a tour of the Moscow Metro and its famously ornate underground stations. Art lovers should hit up one of Moscow’s many world-class galleries such as the Tretyakov State Gallery, the Pushkin Museum or Garage, Moscow’s cutting-edge contemporary art museum. History fans can follow a Soviet trail through the city including Stalin’s Bunker, while those seeking a more indulgent experience can browse trendy neighbourhoods like Kitay Gorod or shop for everything from fashion to kitsch souvenirs at the enchanting Izmaylovo Flea Market. Foodies can head to one of the countless speciality stores sampling vodka, caviar and chocolate.

If you only have a few days to spend in Moscow, this tour will ensure you make the most of your time in the city. Let the experts navigate you through this complex and occasionally overwhelming capital, giving you plenty of time to soak up the city’s most unmissable attractions.

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Day 1 Panoramic city tour

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia, Moscow! You’ll be met by your driver at the airport and taken to your centrally located hotel.

After check-in and rest, meet your private guide at the hotel lobby for a comprehensive tour of Moscow by car. Visit the starkly contrasting Theatre Square to see the stunning Bolshoi Theatre, pass Tverskaya Street, the city’s main boulevard and home to the landmark Yeleseyevskiy Grocery Store.

You’ll enjoy a panoramic drive along the Moskva River, where a huge, controversial state of Peter the Great was erected. Pass by the legendary Gorky Park and the White House before a stop at the architecturally stunning Novodevichy Convent, and the observation platform at Sparrow Hills, for a bird’s eye view over this staggering megalopolis.

Day 2 Red Square and Kremlin

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical city centre. Stroll through the Red Square, the hub of cultural life in Moscow, with its elaborate ‘stone flower’ fountain and fantasy-like St Basil’s Cathedral – a postcard-perfect symbol of the nation. Admire the grandiose façade of GUM, the city’s most luxurious shopping centre, and visit Alexander’s Garden, with its eternal flame and the chance to watch a changing of the guards.

Break for lunch before continuing on a tour of the Kremlin and Armoury Chamber, famous of its collection of tsarist fashion, with regalia such as jewel-encrusted crowns, orbs and sceptres as well as arms and armour, exotic gifts from the leaders of faraway lands, and an illustrious case of Imperial Faberge eggs.

As an option* spend an evening on a sumptuous dinner cruise, taking in the stunning sights and city lights of this mesmerising metropolis by night.

Day 3 Metro and Arbat Street

Start a day with a tour of Metro, stopping on the way to marvel at some of the most elaborately decorated stations of the world-famous Moscow subway system. Take a stroll along Old Arbat street - the most famous street in Moscow. Through the centuries Arbat used to be one of the most bohemian places in Moscow. Today Arbat is a promenade full of small cozy cafes and street life.

The afternoon is free for you to either enjoy the rest of the day on your own or choose among optional excursions to explore more of Moscow. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery or Pushkin State Museum to admire Russian art. Join locals for a stroll at the Gorky or VDNH park.

Visit beautiful Kolomeskoye Estate or Izmailovo Kremlin, or spend a day exploring the beautiful city of the Golden Ring (Russian province) - Sergiev Posad. In the evening you will be transferred to the airport for your departure to your next destination.

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