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Quito Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences


  • One of Quito iconic locations, Basilica Cathedral, and a photo opportunity on all Chile vacations
  • The Mitad del Mundo in Quito provides a great photo opportunity on all Ecuador tours

Located in north-central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, Quito is the country’s capital city. At an elevation of 2,800 m (9,350 ft) above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world which can be experienced on an Ecuador vacation.

The area’s earliest inhabitants were the Quito people who gave the city its name. Quito became part of the Incan Empire, growing into a major city before the arrival of Spanish explorers early in the 16th century. The city was officially established, despite resistance from local inhabitants, by Spanish lieutenant Sebastián de Benalcázar in 1534. Roman Catholicism became the religion of the region and more than twenty churches were built during colonial times. During the 19th century, residents of Quito began to strive for independence resulting in the Battle of Pichincha. Victory in this battle marked Quito’s independence from Spain.

The city has continued to grow into the political centre of Ecuador. Recent years have witnessed massive restoration projects which have helped the city maintain its distinct character. Quito was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 to preserve its colonial convents and churches as well as its famed “Old Town”. This “Old Town” hosts around 130 monumental buildings that celebrate the city’s colonial heritage and is a favourite amongst visitors on Ecuador tours. Quito’s beautiful location coupled with an appreciation for its history makes it an incredible destination to explore.

Because of Quito's elevation and it's location on the equator, it is said the city enjoys eternal springtime.

 


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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Quito, Ecuador

  • Ecuador and the Galapagos for Explorers

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover cloud forests and volcanoes, architectural and cultural treasures, and witness the wonders of the Galapagos on an expedited yachting adventure as you are welcomed to ‘Primavera Eternal’.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,678
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Quito & the Ecuadorian Amazon

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the natural and cultural highlights of mainland Ecuador. Explore the colonial corridors of the capital Quito before cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon to see the world’s most famous rainforest. Back in Quito, you’ll visit nearby hot-springs and one of South America’s most colourful markets.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,561
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Highlights of Peru and the Galapagos

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Escape to South America and explore two iconic countries on one amazing, tailor-made journey. Start in Peru where you’ll venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore Machu Picchu. Soon after, it's off to Ecuador where you’ll tour historic Quito before enjoying four nights on land in one of nature’s greatest playgrounds, the Galapagos Islands.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,850
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Quito, Otavalo & the Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the top highlights of Ecuador on this journey from the mainland to the Galapagos. Explore the preserved old town of Quito and barter in the colourful Indigenous markets of Otavalo before connecting to the Galapagos to explore the volcanic landscapes of Isabela and Santa Cruz.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,769
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations, Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Highlights of Ecuador: Quito, Cotopaxi, Cuenca & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Escape to Ecuador and explore the beauty of this country from the Andes to the coast. Starting in Quito, enjoy the best of the region, including small towns and majestic volcanoes, then continue to Guayaquil, "the Pearl of the Pacific."
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,386
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Travel down the exotic waterways of the Ecuadorian Amazon, relaxing in luxury by night while participating in a range of exhilarating and ethical activities by day. Search for red howler monkeys in the rainforest canopy, explore waterways alongside piranha and witness hundreds of parrots lick eroded clay walls.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,888
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Combine two of South America’s (and the world’s) greatest landmarks on one itinerary! After exploring Lima, spend a few days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and tour spectacular Machu Picchu, then head to Quito and connect to the Galapagos Islands to discover fascinating landscapes and incredible wildlife.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,615
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Incredible Ecuador: Cloudforest and Cotopaxi

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See the highlights of the Ecuadorian mainland on this week-long vacation. Explore Quito, home to the best-preserved colonial centre in South America, visit the Equator, go birdwatching in the Mindo Cloud Forest, and hike the foothills of indomitable Cotopaxi Volcano.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,859
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise: 5 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Sailing aboard the M/V Legend - a family-friendly, 100-passenger vessel that will take you through the Galapagos Islands - discover the unique landscapes and species that makes this region a haven for nature lovers. All aboard!
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,710
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Family Vacations
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • M/Y Coral I/II Galapagos Cruise: 4 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Spend 4 days on board the 36-passenger luxury yacht M/Y Coral I and enjoy the opportunity to see many of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands including Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola and Daphne.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,951
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cities of South America

    FIRST-CLASS: TAILOR-MADE: The ultimate South America tour for culture vultures, this itinerary focuses on the continent’s most exciting cities, from pulsing Rio, to rapidly emerging Bogota, via Iguassu Falls and Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,129
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/V The Galapagos Elite

    DELUXE | CRUISE: The M/V Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the waters of the enchanted islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it provides its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,744
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Hotel Gangotena Quito: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: The UNESCO-listed city center of Quito is worth enjoying to its fullest. Described as the least altered and best preserved in Latin America, immerse yourself in this historically rich barrio with a stay at Casa Gangotena - an impeccable, colonial-style hotel with lovely terrace views.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,388
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Stays of Distinction
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  • Andes to Amazon

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Goway's Andes to Amazon exclusive escape visits Quito, the owls of Parque Condor, indomitable Cotopaxi National Park and Banos - found in the foothills of Tungurahua volcano - before exploring the Amazon. A once-in-a-lifetime expedition, you're invited to discover the wonders of Ecuador.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,976
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes Ecuador

    Venture along the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes to discover the mountainous mainland of Ecuador. You’ll pass by volcanic peaks, hike to crater rims, ride the Devil’s Nose switchback railroad, and explore the Incan fortress of Ingapirca as well as several Indigenous markets along the way.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,346
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Avenue of the Volcanoes: Quito to Cuenca

    Journey along Ecuador’s famed Avenue of the Volcanoes on this adventurous vacation from Quito to Cuenco. Pass by seven volcanic peaks more than 5,000m high, ride the Devil’s Nose switchback railroad, and explore the Incan fortress of Ingapirca, as well as the historical town of Cuenca.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,600
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Single Friendly
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Banos & Antisana Escape

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Expand your trip to Ecuador by spending a few days in one of the country’s most exciting regions. Not for the feint of heart, Banos and Antisana are known for more than just their natural Andean beauty, and in particular, for the range of heart-pounding adventure activities on offer.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,407
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Private Experiences, Single Friendly, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C 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.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,415
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Cormorant: 5 Days

    Spend 5 days on board the Comorant, a brand new luxury catamaran that provides excellent viewing opportunities of the incredible Galapagos Islands. Enjoy the unique wildlife available here.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,624
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Cormorant: 8 Days

    Embark on an 8 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands, staying on board the Comorant, a luxurious catamaran. Enjoy the unique and incredible wildlife that makes these islands world famous.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,343
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Seaman

    Discover the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard the MC Seaman. Choose from three itineraries and follow in the footsteps of Darwin as you explore these islands and discover volcanic landscapes populated by giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,012
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Treasure of the Galapagos: 5 Days

    Board the M/C Treasure of the Galapagos and explore the biological diversity of the Galapagos Islands. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on the lava fields of Santiago, spot hybrid marine/land iguanas on South Plaza Island, and enjoy the comforts of an eclectic catamaran in your downtime.
    Duration:
    5-7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,390
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 5 Days

    Enjoy a 5 day cruise of the world famous Galapagos Islands while sailing aboard Coral I, a modern vessel but with classic beauty. See the sights by hiking, snorkeling and exploring.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,710
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,517
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    5-10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,314
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
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