Travel to Ecuador with On The Go Tours
Despite being one of the smaller countries in South America, Ecuador is incredibly diverse and has plenty to offer travellers. All roads lead from the UNESCO-listed Quito, a vibrant and charming capital with a beautiful colonial centre. Star attractions of Ecuador have long been the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Covering a large portion of Ecuador’s land mass, the Ecuadorian Amazon contains some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet with a staggering variety of wildlife. Where this section of the Amazon truly excels though is in the thousands of indigenous tribes that call it home, and the rich birdlife of the cloud forests.Read More
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The star attraction of Ecuador has long been the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, but Ecuador has so much more to offer the adventurous traveller. From colonial towns to verdant national parks and the wild Ecuadorian Amazon, there is plenty to fill up your itinerary here whether you are a lover of the great outdoors, local culture or the finer things in life. Taking into account all your travel interests and needs, our expert team of tailor-made consultants will use their first-hand knowledge and expertise of Eucador to create a bespoke holiday just for you in 2017.
Ecuador Day Tours and Excursions
Cover the attractions of Quito, its UNESCO-listed historic centre and nearby markets, with our range of day tours and activities.
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Ecuador's vibrant native culture can be felt across the country from the wilds of the Amazon, home to hundreds of indigenous communities with the country leading the way in "ethno-tourism", to the mountain town of Otavalo where one of the region's most significant markets has been held for centuries. With their own traditions, language and dress, Ecuador's indigenous peoples offer an unparalleled glimpse into a traditional way of life.
Recommended places to visit in Ecuador
With pristine landscapes of great contrast, colourful indigenous tribes and market towns, unique and inspiring wildlife, and superb colonial architecture, Ecuador is not short on attractions so to help get you started we've compiled a list of our favourites:
As one of the most historical centres in all of Latin America, Quito, Ecuador’s capital, should not go unvisited by anyone passing through the country. The combination of colonial and more modern buildings gives the city an incredibly diverse landscape, especially with the Andes reigning supreme in the background. Furthermore, not only is the city a staggering 9,350 feet above sea level, but it is also the only place on earth where you can stand with one foot on each side of the equator.
Known for the role they played informing Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are collectively a living museum of natural history. With roughly 95% of its pre-human wildlife diversity still roaming the islands and its surrounding waters, they are the most pristine ecosystem in the world. Licensed guides take explorers on tours to get acquainted with the remarkably fearless animals and the Galapagos Islands are also renowned for their world class diving, often allowing visitors to witness hammerhead and whale sharks.
The market which spreads across Otavalo is a hive of activity and has single-handedly put this city on the map. Not only does the market offer some fabulous shopping opportunities, but it is also highly significant from a cultural standpoint as traditional crafts and costumes are displayed and hawked. The Otavaleno people have retained virtually all of their traditional heritage, making the city a real insight into the country’s rich history and culture.
The Amazon Jungle has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world and the Ecuadorian portion of it is certainly no exception. Its famous Yasuni National Park has been acclaimed as the single most biologically diverse area on the planet. Hundreds of species of fish, reptile and mammal and thousands of different birds and insects live within the lush canopy of the jungle, making it a haven for nature-lovers and wildlife fanatics.
Banos is one of the top destinations in Ecuador for its natural thermal waters which are found in abundance throughout the town and after which the town gets its name (Banos translates as baths). Many of the baths are located right in the centre of the town, which, in turn, is situated at the bottom of the stunning Cascada de la Virgen waterfall. To complete the scene, the whole town is presided over by the imposing and volatile Tungurahua volcano.