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
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.
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|Ecuador Explorer - 8 days||Quito, Ecuador||18 Feb 2017||USD $1,135||was $1,335 15% off|||
|Highlights of Ecuador & Peru - 26 days||Quito, Ecuador||18 Feb 2017||USD $4,356||was $5,125 15% off|||
Ecuador Group Tours
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Ecuador
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Ecuador
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Available touring combinations in South America
Visa requirements for Ecuador and info on getting your visa
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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.
Ecuador Travel Advice:
We keep informed of the latest travel updates for Ecuador and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.
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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.