Ecuador and Galápagos Tours
Visiting the Galápagos is an absolute must for everyone to include in their Ecuador touring holidays.
Tailor Made & Escorted Tours to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
Straddling the Equator on the western coast of the South American continent, Ecuador is a jewel of a country replete with the most exotic travel opportunities and amazing nature.
On its easterly side lies the river Amazon with the most dense rainforests waiting for you to explore, while off the coast in the Pacific are the incomparable Galápagos Islands.
Visiting the Galápagos is an absolute must for everyone to include in their Ecuador touring holidays. The friendliness of the animals from the sea iguana to the blue-footed booby and seals is quite something to behold. Drifting through these islands by boat and visiting them in isolation apart from your fellow boat travellers is quite literally an experience like no other on earth.
While visiting the Galápagos Islands is a highlight of anyone’s Ecuador holidays, it is by no means the country’s sole attraction.
Quito is a wonderful capital, full of colourful markets and an effusive vibrancy. Visit the city’s historic centre and be amazed by the colonial churches and monasteries, before dining in some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Alternatively, you can visit the charming 16th Century town of Cuenca, now a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The country’s coastline provides plenty of memorable opportunities from hanging around the beaches in the north, to whale watching off the Isla de la Plata or surfing at Monatanita.
Our favourite Ecuador and Galápagos Tours
Here is a selection of our most popular Ecuador and Galápagos touring holidays.
These tours are to get your creative juices flowing, but if you already have a tour in mind, we would love to help tailor make your dream holiday.
Discover the Galápagos Islands
Encounter the unique wildlife from giant tortoise to marine iguana during a cruise around the Galápagos Islands. Lying over 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, this volcanic archipelago is reached by flying from the city of Guayaquil. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin during a cruise aboard the comfortable exploration ship Galápagos Legend and enjoy the nature walks available.
Rainforest, Amazon & Galápagos
Experience extraordinary biodiversity and fascinating local traditions on this tailor-made Amazon holiday. Expert guides will take you on a cruise through the Amazon Basin, exploring the luscious jungle and myriad species of wildlife. From land to sea, on to a Galápagos cruise, visiting each island by small boat to snorkel with marine life, found nowhere else in the world.
Classic Ecuador and Galápagos
From the cobbled streets of one of the world’s highest capitals, to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands, spectacular treasures await you on this tour. Take a Galápagos cruise and marvel at the beauty of Darwin’s laboratory.
Explore the islands and their wildlife. Back on land, relax into the slower pace of hacienda life before experiencing one of the most famous markets.
Ecuador and Galápagos Touring highlights
The archipelago is some 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador and consists of 18 main islands as well as myriad other smaller islands, islets and rocks. The islands inspired Charles Darwin with the ideas that formed the basis for his Origins of the Species while on the second voyage of the HMS Beagle in 1835.
The array of endemic species that amazed Darwin still exists here today. From the tortoise, to blue-footed booby and frigate birds to sea iguana, seals and sharks, the islands have sufficient wildlife to inspire a whole series of David Attenborough documentaries, let alone amaze you on a week’s tour.
Incredible National Parks
On the mainland, the key experience to include on your Ecuador touring holidays is a trip into the amazing nature. Fortunately, you are spoilt for choice. Cotopaxi National Park has its wonderful volcano, while Yasuni National Park has spectacular rainforests, and Poocarpus National Park an amazing array of plant species as well as sufficient birdlife to satisfy any twitcher.
Adventure In Ecuador
If you are looking for adventure you could always take on the Quilotoa Loop in the heart of the country. You could even volunteer in a sustainable agriculture project here. Or perhaps you would prefer to go white-water rafting near Tena? And after all this exertion why not relax in the steam baths of Papallacta, or maybe go bird-watching in Mindo?
There are so many natural experiences to enjoy in Ecuador that you are bound to discover an activity that is just right for you ranging from the popular to the offbeat. And of course there are always the Galapagos Islands, a place like nowhere else on Earth, although we might have mentioned that a few times already.