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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!

 

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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

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    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$ 4,802
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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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.
    Duration:
    5-7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,757
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Passion: 8 Days

    Embark on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard a refurbished yacht, exploring either the eastern or western islands of this diverse archipelago. Visit the famous giant tortoises of Santa Cruz Island before searching for dolphins and whales in the open water or climb to Pinnacle Rock for a breathtaking view of the islands before strolling through the prickly pear cactus groves of Santa Fe. These distinct itineraries can be combined into an ultimate 15-day cruise perfect for avid adventurers and science enthusiasts.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,420
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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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.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,315
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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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.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,921
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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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.
    Duration:
    5-7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,345
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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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.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,715
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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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.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,745
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Camila

    Choose from three itineraries ranging from 4 to 8 days for an exploration of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Camila. Enjoy the pristine accommodations of this 5-star vessel as you venture through the world’s greatest natural playground.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,358
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Petrel

    With four available itineraries ranging from 5 to 8 days, the M/C Petrel offers a luxurious way to see the Galapagos Islands. Come aboard this 5-star vessel and enjoy state of the art facilities, along with the expertise of naturalists well-versed in evolution’s greatest natural laboratory.
    Duration:
    5-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,631
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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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.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,690
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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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.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,970
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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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.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,130
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,612
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Finch Bay by Land or Sea

    Enjoy an island getaway to Finch Bay 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.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,058
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Safaris Worldwide
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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.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,182
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,682
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,226
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Family Vacations
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Galapagos Island Hopping

    Explore the world-famous Galapagos Islands 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 penguins, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises along the way.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,761
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Galapagos Safari Camp

    Venture to a discrete luxury camp in the pristine wilderness of the Galapagos Islands. Staying at the Galapagos Tented Safari Camp, you’ll head on daily excursions to the nearby islands to cross volcanic landscapes and spot animal species like Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Giant Tortoises.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,148
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Guayaquil to Quito Train Journey (and v.v.)

    A picturesque rail journey through the Andes is the ultimate way to experience Ecuador.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,957
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Hacienda Pinsaqui: Stays of Distinction

    In the heart of Ecuador's lake district, Hotel in Otavalo, Hacienda Pinsaqui, rich with centuries of history, invites you to become part of its magic, tradition, romance and legends.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 536
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Haciendas of Ecuador: San Agustin de Callo

    Journey just over an hour south of Quito to find the Hacienda of San Agustin de Callo. Enjoy the deluxe accommodations built on the site of an Incan palace and explore the nearby volcanic landscape of Cotopaxi National Park, hiking crater rims and visiting Indigenous marketplaces.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,741
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Haciendas of Ecuador: Zuleta

    Venture north of Quito to spend a couple nights at Zuleta, a gorgeous 17th-century hacienda that’s among Ecuador’s finest properties. You’ll also visit the Indigenous market town of Otavalo, hike alongside a crater lake, and have the freedom of the working farm to meet vaqueros and enjoy the natural surroundings.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,544
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Stopovers/City Breaks
    Ecuador See Trip Details
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