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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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  • La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa

    Enjoy an Amazon adventure and spend time exploring the Ecuadorean tropical rainforest with walks and canoe rides. See colourful flora and fauna and meet a local indigenous family at their home. Spend 3 nights using the Selva Ecolodge as your base.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
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    US$ 1,727
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    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • M/C Endemic Galapagos Cruise: 5 Days

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Venture through the Galapagos Islands to see soaring frigate birds, lumbering tortoises, and frolicking sea lions. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, the M/C Endemic, you’ll enjoy world-class comforts and amenities as you cruise through the islands, exploring volcanic landscapes and spotting wildlife.
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    5 Days
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    US$ 5,910
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  • M/C Endemic Galapagos Cruise: 4 Days

    DELUXE | CRUISE: 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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    4 Days
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    US$ 4,772
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  • M/C Endemic Galapagos Cruise: 8 Days

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Explore a magical world of soaring frigate birds, lumbering tortoises, and delightful penguins on this journey to the Galapagos Islands. Travelling aboard a luxurious yacht, you’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations and expert service as you pass between the islands of the Galapagos, exploring this breathtakingly diverse ecosystem.
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    8 Days
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    US$ 9,021
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  • M/C Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Discover the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands and spot rare species such as blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and frigate birds on a cruise throughout the archipelago. Stay aboard a 5-star catamaran and choose from 5 to 8 day itineraries to see the wonders of the islands.
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    5-8 Days
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    US$ 5,620
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  • M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise: 4 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: The M/V Galapagos Legend offers the amenities of a large cruise liner without sacrificing the intimacy of small craft. Spend 4 days on a first-class vessel exploring the sights of the Galapagos Islands.
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    4 Days
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    US$ 3,290
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  • M/V Galapagos Legend: 8 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Experience the diversity of the Galapagos Islands as you spend 8 days sailing aboard the luxurious Legend. Take the time to get close to wildlife as you hike and snorkel around the islands.
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    8 Days
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  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Your Way

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See two of the world’s greatest landmarks on this unforgettable itinerary that you can upgrade or customize to your preferences. After visiting Quito, head to the Galapagos Islands to see its bevy of animals in volcanic environments before connecting to Cusco and exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the citadel of Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    11 Days
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    US$ 4,931
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  • Manatee Amazon River Boat Ecuador

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Manatee Amazon Explorer offers all the necessary comforts while still being an exciting jungle adventure. Your guides share their wealth of knowledge about the Amazon’s tropical rainforest.
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    4-8 Days
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    US$ 2,390
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  • Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

    Experience Ecuador's wild side at Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge.
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    3-4 Days
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    US$ 1,621
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  • Mindo: El Monte Cloud Forest Ecolodge

    Venture into the Mindo Cloud Forest to stay in an ecolodge and head on birding expeditions. Not only will you explore the beautiful cloud forest and spot rare birds like the Cock of the Rock, Golden-Headed Quetzal, and Toucan, but you’ll also minimize your environmental impact with eco-friendly accommodations.
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    3 Days
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    US$ 1,555
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    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Napo Wildlife Reserve

    Leave the city behind and escape to an eco-community in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. Staying at a luxury eco-lodge in Yasuni National Park, you’ll explore one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and spot incredible animals, from colourful macaws to golden mantle tamarin monkeys to giant otters.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
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    US$ 1,802
    Trip Type:
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  • Otavalo Overnight

    Just north of one of Ecuador’s most famous markets, Hacienda Pinsqui is a gorgeous 200 year old property in the country’s great outdoors, and a unique addition to any Ecuador tour.
    Duration:
    2 Days
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    US$ 726
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  • Pikaia Lodge Galapagos

    A Galapagos trip is one of the world’s great vacations, and Pikaia Lodge offers 4, 5, or 8 day programs to suit a variety of timeframes, interests, and budgets. The Lodge also boasts its own vessel for exploring the islands in detail.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
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    US$ 6,634
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  • Quito & the Countryside

    MODERATE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: With its unending springtime and ‘stone’s throw’ position from the Equator, Quito lays a very real claim to being the center of the world. On this immersive exploration of Ecuadorian capital, discover the city's rich history and the incredible countryside.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,635
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    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Quito Stopover

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit the historic sites of Quito’s Old Town and see the city’s dozens of museums, shops, cafes and restaurants. Due to its altitude and location, Quito enjoys eternal spring time.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 546
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  • Sacha Jungle Lodge

    Ecuador packs a lot into a small country, and one of its key attractions is a beautiful corner of the Amazon. This extension to your Ecuador tour lets you stay comfortably in this beautiful wilderness.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,806
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    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Wonders of Ecuador

    This introductory Ecuador tour takes you to the centre of the world, through some of the most enchanting sights and villages of the Andes. From the Equator to the sea, explore the best of Ecuador.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,657
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Wonders of Peru & Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 12-day vacation. Start your journey in Quito, where you’ll explore the colonial old town, before you connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Finish off in Peru by exploring the capital of Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    12 Days
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    US$ 4,344
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    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Family Vacations, Small Group Touring
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  • Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

    Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Staying on Santa Cruz Island, you’ll head on day trips to explore this magical archipelago. You’ll spot giant tortoises in the highlands, hike along volcanic beaches full of iguanas and penguins, and experience the stunning biodiversity of this island chain.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,091
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Family Vacations, Small Group Touring
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  • Yasuni Adventure: Sani Lodge: Ecuador Amazon

    Venture into the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon to explore the world’s most famous rainforest and connect with local Indigenous communities. Staying at a rainforest lodge, you’ll hike through the jungle, kayak across blackwater lagoons, and spot the monkeys, frogs, and caimans that inhabit the Amazon.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,512
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    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide
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