Ecuador Holidays

From stunning turquoise lagoons, nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains, to dense emerald forests and the brilliant white sand beaches and indigo Pacific Ocean, Ecuador welcomes you in a vivid blaze of colour.

Home to a wonderful array of wildlife, this is a nature lover’s dream destination. Watch a macaw’s rainbow-hued wings flutter amid the verdant Amazon rainforest; see iguanas scuttle across terracotta red sands; and watch the sun glow orange as it sinks over the horizon – you’re sure to be mesmerised by your time in Ecuador.

Not only will you witness the natural beauty of this biodiverse nation but you'll also experience a rich heritage and vibrant culture, with awe-inspiring Incan ruins and ancient towns to discover. Make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito for fine architecture, galleries, buzzy plazas, lively crowds and people-watching from the thriving pavement cafes. 

If you're keen to explore a little beyond mainland Ecuador then why not make your way over to the spectacular Galapagos Islands to extend your trip? See volcanic landscapes, meet giant tortoises and dive among amazing marine life. 

 

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the Galapagos National Park to witness unique wildlife
  • Head for Quito to soak up the captivating capital city's atmosphere
  • Explore the Ecuadorian rainforest and feel at one with nature
  • Discover Ecuador’s largest coastal city, Guayaquil, and its modern arts scene

Time Zone

GMT - 5

Flight Time

13–15 hours; indirect flights are available from London Heathrow via the USA

Currency

US dollar (USD)

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Ecuador

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Ecuador

Ecuador is unique in more ways than one. This verdant country straddles the equator and Quito, its capital, sits at an altitude of 2,850m. You’ll find extraordinary examples of indigenous American culture, Spanish colonial architecture and of course, remarkable wildlife. This is the gateway to The Galapagos Islands, after all.

  • Galapagos National Park

    The Galapagos National Park is the oldest national park in Ecuador and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the park to see wildlife such as giant tortoise, marine iguanas, hammerhead sharks and many water birds, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

  • Quito Cathedral

    Visit captivating cities

    Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brims with culture and the Museo de la Ciudad, the City Museum, is a great place to understand Ecuador’s pre-Columbian history. Pick up vibrant alpaca textiles and stroll the 17th century cobbled streets of the Old Town.

  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    “Quito is the second highest capital city in the world, after La Paz, so you may be warned about altitude sickness. I recommend drinking lots of water and laying off the alcohol for the first couple of nights so you can acclimatise properly.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “In addition to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador has so much more to offer. Why not spend some time exploring the mainland and soaking up city life and culture.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “If you’re looking for something different, head to the town of Banos. You’ll find stunning waterfalls, natural hot springs and hiking tracks through lush forests before heading on to discover the wildlife of the Amazon.”

Our Ecuador destinations

Ecuador

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Types of Ecuador holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Quito take around 13 hours excluding stop-over time. There are currently no direct flight options from the UK; however, there are various indirect flights to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito from various UK airports. 

 Ecuador follows Ecuador Time (GMT -5) and it has no daylight saving, so this stays the same year-round. 

There are various domestic flight options available from Quito or Guayaquil on the mainland to Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. The flight from Quito stops at Guayaquil en route so most people prefer to get to Guayaquil first.

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