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  • Quito is a great photo opportunity on your Ecuador vacation
  • The Cloudforest
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Ecuador is interestingly bisected by the equator. It basically consists of four geographical regions. Running through the centre of the country is La Sierra or Highlands which include the Andean mountain range and most tourist destinations on an Ecuador vacation. On the Pacific Ocean is La Costa or Coastal Plain with its tropical climate.

To the east is La Amazonia or the Amazon consisting of tropical rainforest. Then of course, located 1000 kilometres/620 miles off the coast of Ecuador are the renowned Galapagos Islands. The country was once populated by the Inca civilization of which much of its culture can still be seen.

What are the top cities to visit?

The capital, Quito, the second highest capital after La Paz in Bolivia is situated at 2800 metres/9100 feet and is surrounded by volcanoes. It is also in certain areas, A UNESCO world heritage site. This refers mainly to the “Old Town” with its mixture of Colonial and Republican architecture, cobblestone streets and red tile roofs. On Ecuador tours, it is the oldest and best preserved historical quarter in South America. It is also an area of craft shops, cafes and restaurants as well as many hotels.

To the north of this area is modern Quito with its contemporary infrastructure. A highlight in Quito is to take the cable car to the Pichincha Volcano rim where one can see the whole city spread out below as well as six other volcanoes.

Guayaquil is located on the Pacific coast and is a port and the commercial capital as well as the largest city. It is noted for its many parks and green spaces such as the Malecon Simon Bolivar. The area called Las Penas has a number of old colonial style buildings.

What are the top things to see across Ecuador?

North of Quito reached by road on an Ecuador vacation is Otavalo famous for its indigenous markets as well as having cultural significance. It is here that the local Indians can be seen in their colourful, traditional dress. Every Saturday, the Mercado Artesanal takes place where one can purchase jewellery, clothing, Panama hats, wood carvings, paintings and much more. Not far from Otavalo are the Peguche Waterfalls, a place sacred to the local Indians as it has associations with old Inca legends.

Riobamba to the south in the central mountain corridor is Ecuador’s third largest city situated in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains including Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain at 6300 metres/20,500 feet. On Ecuador tours,it is from Riobamba that one can take the Devil’s Nose train ride, known as the world’s most exciting train journey as it goes high up into the mountains and descends at a very steep gradient.

Cuenca and the Andes

Cuenca, also in the central corridor is a UNESCO world heritage site with its colonial architecture. The imposing Cathedral with 3 domes and built in 885, looks over the main plaza.

To the east of the country is the Amazon region of Ecuador with its bio diverse ecosystem and home to many of the country’s indigenous population.

Located 1000 kilometres/620 miles off the coast of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands, a national park and biological marine reserve made famous by Charles Darwin who first recognized their volcanic origin, and who understood the profound im­plications of this origin for the history of life.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos consists of around 15 large islands and a number of smaller islands. The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of be­ing formed. The Galapagos Islands are considered to be one of the most ac­tive volcanic areas in the world. Nowadays, they are known for their unique and fearless wildlife such as giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many rare bird species. The best way to experience the islands while on Ecuador tours is to take a cruise of which there is an excellent selection to suit all tastes and budgets.

Book one of our Ecuador tours today and experience the magic for yourself.

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

 Sail in Nature’s Ultimate Animal Playground on a Galapagos Islands Vacation

Travel on a Scenic Ecuador Vacation by Train

The Galapagos Islands: Taking the Safari to South America

Experience an Ecuador Vacation That Goes Beyond the Galapagos Islands

Your Guide to a “Wild” Galapagos Islands Vacation

Quito – At the Heart of Ecuador Tours

An Ecuador Vacation With the Family

Ecotourism Destinations: Central and South America (Part 3)

Discovering Ecuador

Heading on a Luxury Ecuador Vacation

Choosing the Right Galapagos Islands Vacation

Highlands to Lowlands: Ecuador’s Classic Rail Journey

Treks of South America – Part 3: Colombia, Ecuador, and Antarctica

Equatorial Vortex

Ecuador’s Cloud Forest Retreat, Where Wilderness Meets Luxury

Photo Journal: Scenes of Ecuador

Suggested Viewing: The Galapagos Affair – Satan came to Eden


Ecuador Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to an Ecuador vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Ecuador, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Ecuador's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Ecuador for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Ecuador tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Ecuador vacation packages, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 8 Days

    Spend 8 days uncovering the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel and hike while evenings are spent aboard Coral I, a stylish and luxurious yacht.
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    US$ 5,517
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Galapagos Sea Star

    Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a 5-star cruise vessel. Choose from four itineraries ranging from 5 to 10 days and venture across volcanic landscapes that are home to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, and giant tortoises.
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y La Pinta

    Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a 4-star cruise vessel. Choosing from three itineraries, you’ll hike across volcanic landscapes full of giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, snorkel alongside reef sharks, and walk in the footsteps of scientists and explorers.
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Passion: 8 Days

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Board the M/Y Passion and set off to explore either the eastern or western islands of this diverse archipelago. Visit the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz before searching for whales in the open water, or climb to Pinnacle Rock for a breathtaking view before strolling through the prickly pear cactus groves of Santa Fe. Better yet? Combine these distinct itineraries into the ultimate cruise for adventurers and nature enthusiasts.
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  • Cruising Galapagos: MC Cormorant: 4 Days

    Enjoy 4 days on board the Cormorant, a brand new luxury catamaran. Each cabin hosts a private balcony that is perfect for viewing whales, dolphins, sea birds and spectacular scenery.
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  • Cruising Galapagos: MC Endemic: 4 Days

    Explore a world of soaring birds, sunbathing iguanas, and magical green beaches on this brief journey to the Galapagos Islands. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy premium accommodations as you venture through the islands to see their highlights, including the Devil’s Crown and Chinese Hat.
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  • Cruising Galapagos: Santa Cruz II

    Cruise the Galapagos Islands while on board the Santa Cruz II, a 90-passenger vessel that will take you to many of the highlights of this incredibly unique wildlife destination.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos M/C Archipel I

    Explore the biodiverse Galapagos Islands on an 8-day itinerary aboard the M/C Archipel I. Enjoy the first-class accommodations of this 4-star vessel as you venture through the world’s greatest natural playground and spot blue-footed boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and Giant Tortoises.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y Reina Silva

    Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a deluxe yacht that takes you on an 8-day journey through the islands. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and expert guidance as you spot blue-footed boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and Giant Tortoises on these volcanic islands.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Archipel II

    Explore the world’s greatest natural playground on this journey through the Galapagos Islands aboard Archipel II. Enjoy 5-star accommodations aboard the cruise vessel and explore the biodiverse islands, hiking across the volcanic landscape and seeing the incredible animals that call it home.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Origin

    Choose from two 8-day itineraries and uncover the natural secrets of the Galapagos Islands. 13 crew members cater to just 20 passengers, ensuring a personalised and informative experience as you learn about the unique land, sea, and bird life of this living evolutionary marvel.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Natural Paradise

    Head on an unforgettable eco-tour with this cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Traversing the islands aboard a brand-new yacht, the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll cross volcanic caldera, spot giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel beneath the waves to experience the biodiverse bounty of the islands' warm waters.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y Infinity

    DELUXE | CRUISE: The M/Y Infinity exceeds everything seen before. High performance, unrivalled comfort, respect for the environment, and stunning style all combine to ensure that the Infinity is one of the most ideal modern yachts for exploring the Galapagos Islands.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y TipTop IV

    The Tip Top IV continues the tradition of fine cruising as the latest superior Galapagos yacht in the Wittmer line. She has all of the fine features of her older sister ships, with a few more modern conveniences designed for comfort, privacy, and focus on the incredible Galapagos Islands.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: Silversea

    Enjoy the fascinating Galapagos Islands aboard a luxury cruise ship calling at a selection of islands offering a vast array of unusual and distinctively unique animal and bird life. A wonderful combination of nature and cruising in an amazing destination.
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  • Cuenca Stopover

    Walk the streets of the UNESCO-listed old town of Cuenca and discover a gorgeous centre of old churches, museums, and colonial European houses. This city stay in Cuenca is a perfect add-on to a longer Ecuadorian vacation.
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  • Essential Ecuador

    Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy an impressive range of natural environment and culture which in combination have inspired outstanding culinary diversity for you to discover.
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  • Explore Ecuador by Land and Rail: Quito to Quito

    Ride one of the world’s iconic trains on this adventure through the mountains between Quito and Guayaquil. On this Ecuador vacation, you’ll pass through the volcanic landscape around Antisana and the indigenous centre of Riobamba before riding the Devil’s Nose, a remarkable switchback railroad that rapidly descends the almost-perpendicular heights of the Andes Mountains.
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  • Finch Bay by Land or Sea

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy an island getaway in the Galapagos Islands. Staying in the 4-star eco-friendly accommodations of Finch Bay Eco Hotel, you’ll enjoy the freedom of the beach and have the opportunity to see giant tortoises, follow in the footsteps of Darwin, and explore the incredible natural wonders of the Galapagos.
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  • Finch Bay Complete

    Stay at a lodge in the Galapagos and take advantage of the facilities there plus enjoy two sightseeing experiences, one on land and the other on a cruise. Animal and bird life included as well as swimming and relaxing.
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  • Finch Bay Your Way

    Stay at a lodge in the Galapagos and take advantage of the facilities there. Optional sightseeing to view animal and bird life on land and by sea is available. Otherwise just enjoy relaxing, swimming on the white sandy private beach.
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  • Galapagos Family Safari Camp

    Escape on the ultimate family getaway to a luxury safari camp in the Galapagos Islands. Staying at the Galapagos Tented Safari Camp, you and your family will explore the archipelago, cross volcanic landscapes, and spot exciting and beloved animal species like Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Giant Tortoises.
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  • Galapagos Hotel Stopover

    Enjoy some downtime before or after a Galapagos cruise on this stopover in Puerto Ayora. Staying in your choice of hotel, you’ll have a few days to explore the sleepy Galapagos capital and enjoy the highlights of Santa Cruz Island, including its sunny beaches and volcanic highlands.
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    4 Days
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  • Galapagos Island Hopping

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the world-famous Galapagos on this island-hopping journey by land. Combining island stays with day trips, you’ll explore volcanic landscapes and snorkel through tropical waters, spotting incredible wildlife like whitetip reef sharks, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises along the way.
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    5 Days
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  • Galapagos Land Lubbers: Royal Palm Hotel: Stay of Distinction

    Travel to a one-of-a-kind destination and discover the unrivaled originality of the Galapagos Islands and their endemic species. Experience a natural world where humans and wildlife continue to life in harmony and let the natural phenomena of the islands intrigue your mind, engage your senses, and nourish your soul.
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    4-8 Days
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    US$ 2,274
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