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  • 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!

 

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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

  • Hakuna Matata Amazon Jungle Lodge

    Tena is the ideal destination for nature and adventure enthusiasts, Hakuna Matata Lodge is perfectly settled in 150 hectare’s of private land only 3 hours away from Quito. Built on the shores of the crystal-clear Inchillaqui River, Hakuna Matata Lodge is a haven beautifully set among the Andes and the Amazon.
    Duration:
    3-4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 332
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide
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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
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,707
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Your Way

    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
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,548
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Manatee Amazon River Boat Ecuador

    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.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,402
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

    Experience Ecuador's wild side at Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge.
    Duration:
    3-4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,526
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,481
    Trip Type:
    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
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,716
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations
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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
    Prices From:
    US$ 764
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks
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  • Otavalo: Ecuador's Indigenous World

    Travel north on the Pan-American Highway to Otavalo, the largely Indigenous town that’s famous for its woven textiles. Explore the town’s highlights, focusing on the marketplace in Plaza de Ponchos, where merchants sell their bright rugs and shawls. You’ll also admire nearby waterfalls and eco-reserves as you explore the countryside.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 925
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Stopovers/City Breaks
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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
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,318
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
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  • Quito Stopover

    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$ 573
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Quito: Centre of it all!

    With its unending springtime and ‘stone’s throw’ position from the Equator, Quito lays a very real claim to being the centre of the world.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,381
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Quito: Hotel Gangotena: Stay of Distinction

    This incredible colonial-style hotel is located in Quito and boasts panoramic views of the historic centre from its terrace. Casa Gangotena offers guests free American breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,231
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Quito: Hotel Le Parc: Stay of Distinction

    This 5-star design hotel is located within the business and financial district of Quito. It offers free Wi-Fi, a gym and luxurious rooms fitted with modern furnishings. Each room has a flat-screen TV.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 786
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Quito: Hotel Plaza Grande: Stay of Distinction

    The 5-star Plaza Grande is on Plaza de la Independencia, Quito´s central square. It features colonial architecture with 15 luxurious suites, a wellness spa and moonlight horse-drawn carriage city tours.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,056
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Quito: Illa Experience Hotel: Stay of Distinction

    Explore the colonial streets of Quito and the city’s artistic legacy while staying at a 5-star mansion in bohemian San Marcos. At Illa Experience Hotel, you’ll enjoy gorgeous accommodations that transport you to the past when you’re not visiting city landmarks, like the Convent of Santo Domingo and Latitude 0’0’0”, the geographic centre of the world.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,419
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, Stopovers/City Breaks
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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$ 1,708
    Trip Type:
    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 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$ 2,603
    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$ 1,485
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide
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