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.

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Our group tours to Ecuador are a popular choice and if you are looking for a more private holiday consider tailor made arrangements or one of our private tours too.

Upcoming Ecuador Trips

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Ecuador Explorer - 8 days Quito, Ecuador 25 Apr 2017 USD $1,335 Ecuador Explorer - 8 days Map
Highlights of Ecuador & Peru - 26 days Quito, Ecuador 25 Apr 2017 USD $5,125 Highlights of Ecuador & Peru - 26 days Map

Ecuador Group Tours

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Ecuador Explorer

8 days | FROM USD $1,335

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Highlights of Ecuador & Peru

26 days | FROM USD $5,125

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Journey to Ecuador on one of our adventurous group tours and take in the highlights of this small yet fascinating country – from the lofty heights of Quito and colourful Otavalo markets, to the spa town of Banos and colonial charm of Cuenca – or combine your trip with a caper in neighbouring Bolivia and Peru too.

Ecuador Private Tours

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Darwin’s Eden

9 days | FROM USD $9,265

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Avenue of the Volcanoes

13 days | FROM USD $7,275

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Wilds of Ecuador

16 days | FROM USD $12,285

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Travel to the islands that gave birth to Darwin’s theory of evolution, discover the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes, explore the market town of Otavalo, impressive Cotopaxi National Park and adventure through the wilds of Ecuador’s lush Amazon rainforest on one of our private tours to Ecuador.

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Colourful culture
Indigenous tribes and bustling markets

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.

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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:

Amazon Jungle

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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

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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.

Galapagos Islands

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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.

Otavalo

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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.

Quito

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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.

Ecuador Travel Guide

Discover when to go, what to see, how to get around and much more with our handy travel guide resources on Ecuador.

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Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Ecuador

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Information on climatic and weather conditions in Ecuador

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Facts about Ecuador

  • Mount Chimborazo's peak in Ecuador is the closest point to space due to the slightly non-spherical shape of our planet.
  • The Panama hat is actually from Ecudaor but were shipped to the US via Panama and received Panama stamps.
  • One of Ecuador's delicacies is guinea pig, which are much larger than the varieties we're used to keeping as pets.

The Devil's Nose Railway

Without a doubt the most impressive strait of Ecuador’s railway, the Devil’s Nose zigzags across a near vertical wall of rock in the Andean mountains. From Alausi, the tracks wind down the hillside through incredible scenery and market towns to Sibambe. The Devil's Nose can easily be reached from Riobamba or Cuenca and a journey on this impressive feat of rail engineering is an experience in itself. We include a journey on the Devil's Nose Railway on our Avenue of Volcanoes private tour.

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