Overview for Ecuador
From the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous cultures to snow-capped volcanoes surrounded by lush green valleys, home to Amerindian villages and grand haciendas.
The country retains its wonderful culture and charm that many expect in South America, from the gloriously colourful markets to the traditional clothing and way of life.
Lying off the coast is the environmental marvel that is the Galapagos Islands – providing the inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution and home to some of the most exotic wildlife in the world.
Quito, one of the finest colonial cities in Latin America, brings the past to life in its museums, monasteries, carved stone facades and a well preserved old town quarter.
Explore the old town with its gorgeous colonial architecture, relaxing plazas and a stunning number of churches. You'll find craft shops, cafes and great local restaurants.
Take a ride on the Teleferico cable car and see the city sights from 4000 metres above or travel north to the Middle of the World Equatorial Monument and take delight at how you weigh less at zero degrees latitude.
Head south and travel along the Avenue of Volcanoes which dominate the skyline and venture into Mount Cotopaxi National Park where llamas graze and condors fly.
When to go
You can visit Ecuador year-round, but certain areas are better at certain times of the year. Ecuador has two seasons: wet and dry. The coast is hot and wet from Jan-May, overcast and humid from Jun-Sep and drier and cooler the rest of the year. The dry season in the Highlands is late May to Sept which coincides with the wettest months in the Oriente. High Seasons are mid-Dec-Jan & Jun-Aug.