Ecuador tours

A tour of Ecuador is a must if you love variation and flora and fauna. During our Ecuador tours you’ll discover the most beautiful and diverse landscapes including the Amazon jungle, impressive volcanoes and the Galápagos Islands. It's not all about the wonderful nature though. The colonial cities and the colourful locals will make a lasting impression on you as well. When you travel in Ecuador you’ll discover the real beauty of the country while travelling from one breath-taking sight to the next.

During your travels in Ecuador you mustn’t miss Quito. This old capital with its narrow alleys, markets, monasteries and baroque churches exudes a colonial atmosphere. The historical centre of Quito is reason enough to travel to Ecuador as it is designated a Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO. Visit the museums and churches or take the cable car to a height of 4.000 meter on the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano and enjoy the breath-taking view of the city.

No tour through Ecuador can omit a visit to Otavalo. This city is situated more towards the North than Quito and known for its sprawling Indian market. The surroundings of Otavalo are great for taking walks and excursions to volcanoes, crater lakes and lovely traditional villages.

Nature lovers will have the time of their life in Ecuador. The country is divided into 4 zones: the coastal zone, the Andes, the Amazon region and the Galápagos Islands. The last three zones are especially breath-taking. The wild Amazon jungle is a genuine highlight of your tour through Ecuador. In the evenings, you’ll enjoy a symphony of jungle noises… an unforgettable and adventurous experience. You can go bird-watching on the Isla de la Plata, also called the Little Galápagos and home to frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and albatrosses.

The tours of Ecuador are immensely colourful. Bold trees, blue rivers, colourful native tribes, exotic animals, rainbows hovering next to waterfalls, volcanoes changing colour, snowy mountaintops… you’re in for sensational views and lasting memories!

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Country info Ecuador

  • Background information
  • Culture Ecuador
    In Ecuador, it is customary to start a conversation by saying hello, and to ask how the other person is. ‘Buenos días, Como está?’ is a common expres
  • Religion Ecuador
    Most people are Roman Catholic and this becomes clear from the multitude of magnificent churches and cathedrals that dot the country. The Indians often mix the Catholic creed with their own traditional beliefs.
  • Food and drinks Ecuador
    Food: We recommend you eat in busy restaurants or cafes. People do not go there without a reason and the turnaround of the food is higher. Wash your hands well before dinner.
  • Tipping Ecuador
    Restaurant and hotel employees are not well paid. You may not have a ready solution for the country’s poverty, but the least you can do is to tip those working for you.
  • Weather and climate Ecuador
    Climate: Equador is on the Equator and the lower parts of the country have a tropical climate. In the Andes, the higher you get the cooler it gets. Here, there are hardly any
  • Population Ecuador
    Ecuador has over 13 million inhabitants and the country’s population density per square kilometre is the highest in South America. The indigenas (Indians) make up 25% of
  • Landscape Ecuador
    Ecuador (Spanish for Equator) offers a wide variety of landscapes and cultures. The largest part of the country is low-lying Amazonian rainforest. The Ecuadorian jungle (calle
  • Practical information
  • Arrival information Ecuador
    On your first day in Quito make sure you take it easy. Take time to acclimatise. The change of climate and time zone can have quite an impact. However, it will mainly be the a
  • Time differences Ecuador
    Ecuador is GMT -5 on the mainland; GMT -6 in the Galapagos Islands, and in summertime it’s an extra hour behind.
  • Money Ecuador
    The amount of pocket money suggested is the minimum required to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, airport taxes and tips. The amount you actually
  • Luggage and clothing Ecuador
    During one day traveling in Ecuador, all seasons can occur. Reflect all climates and all types of weather in the clothing you take. Ecuador may be on the Equator, but in the A
  • Electricity Ecuador
    Electricity is the same as in the United States: 110-125 volt, 60 hertz, with matching (plug) sockets - so coming from Europe, you will need an adaptor.
  • Safety Ecuador
    In cities, pickpockets sometimes operate. It is easy to keep them at bay: make sure to carry your bank notes and valuable documents underneath your clothing, in a way that isn
  • Health Ecuador
    The following health information is a general text that applies to all our travellers in South America. Those who pay some attention to hygiene and skincare don’t usuall
  • Information for people at home Ecuador
    Ensure that those at home know in which country you are and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone calls
  • Photographs Ecuador
    Good quality film rolls are widely available but expensive. Please pay attention to the date of packaging and only buy from stores where the rolls are kept in a cool place. It
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