Ecuador and Galapagos Islands holidays
Sitting on the equator between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador may be the smallest of Andean countries but it really packs a punch. Its contrasting scenery, breathtaking biodiversity and indigenous communities make Ecuador a dazzling destination in its own right. From the gorgeous colonial architecture of Quito and Cuenca, to soaring volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches, the country's diverse landscapes are simply sublime - and our Ecuador tours can get you up close and personal.
And the nearby islands of the Galapagos are arguably one of the most enthralling wildlife destinations on the planet. Get close to an abundance of wildlife, including sea lions, blue-footed boobies and turtles, and take time to explore this otherworldy volcanic landscape on an unforgettable Galapagos Islands cruise.View all holidays to Ecuador and the Galapagos
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 15% is usual .
US Dollar ($) 1$ = 100 cents - note that Ecuadorian-minted 5c, 10c, 25c and 50c coins are used in conjunction with
A wide choice of international cuisine and drinks are available in Quito. Avoid unpeeled fruits and raw
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GMT - 5 hours
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Due to its location, close to the Equator and high in the Andes Mountains, the city of Quito enjoys a temperate climate year round. Most days can feel like a warm spring day, however it can often rain in the afternoon. It can be
quite cool in the evenings. The Galapagos Islands experience two seasons - dry season and warm season, however the variations in temperature are minimal. In the warm season it can rain in the afternoons making the atmosphere more humid; however, the water is warmer – ideal for those who may wish to snorkel. The Amazon is a tropical rainforest with a very warm climate, high humidity
and concentrated rainfall. The temperature remains fairly constant, with a brief, heavy rainfall during either the late afternoon or early evening, although this will rarely interfere with the planned activities. During the dry or low water period, many trails are open for walks. During the wet or high water season, small tributaries are accessible by boat. It may rain heavily at any time, and fast trips by
boat can be cold, so layers of light clothes and waterproofs are essential.
For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org
No visa is needed for British citizens to enter Ecuador. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
From London to Quito is approx 12 hours
Our Ecuador tours will take you through a maze of narrow cobbled streets in Quito, the lofty capital which sits more than 9,000 feet above sea level. We’ll relax in exquisite plazas and feast our eyes on colonial architecture from monasteries and churches to restored mansions. We’ll get a chance to browse the colourful markets, sit in glorious squares and try pork-stuffed empanadas and delicious Ecuadorian chocolate. We can also feel like one of a kind and stand in the spot where Ecuador straddles the equator at the monumental Ciudad Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador being one of only 13 countries to do so.
Lauded as one of the most picturesque cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is captivating. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’ll explore the fragrant flower markets, learn about Panama hats and the city’s fascinating colonial past. We’ll also admire awe-inspiring architecture and the intricate skyline filled with towering steeples and huge rotundas.
An archipelago of dramatic volcanic islands, the Galapagos is home to a dizzying array of wildlife, some of which can’t be found anywhere else. The biodiversity here is breathtaking - and while the landscape resemble that of the moon, the animals who reside here are the stars. Get close to sealions and iguanas, see puffins and albatrosses and discover over 2,900 different marine species including turtles, whales and sharks. Our Galapagos trip takes you on a four-day cruise around this spectacular part of the world.
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