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We offer 102 Ecuador holidays. Ecuador holds many of South America’s most iconic treasures, from the snow capped Andes and its golden Pacific Coast to the famous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Travel to Quito, the gateway to Ecuador, before heading out into the Amazonian wilderness to stay at a jungle lodge and stay with a Quichua family on a village homestay. Take a wildlife cruise for an extreme close encounter with the weird and wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and experience the high altitude mountain vistas of the Andes. Ecuador is a country of stunning diversity and contrasts, and our Ecuador holidays will help you discover the treasures of one of South America’s most fascinating countries.

Ecuador holidays
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
A First Class wildlife cruise around the 'Enchanted Isles', from £3642 - £4072 (12 days) inc UK flights
Ecuador adventure holiday
Delve deep into indigenous culture, from £729 (18 days) ex flights
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
A luxurious eco-lodge in wildlife rich Ecuadorean Amazon, from US $1345 (4 days) ex flights
Ecuador highlands tour & Galapagos cruise
Experience Ecuador's stunning highlands and the Galapagos, from £0 (16 days) inc UK flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based
Privately guided land-based activity holiday in Galapagos, from £1917 - £2516 (7 days) ex flights
Quito to La Paz overland tour
5 week expedition across the Andes, from £1658 - £2345 (36 days) ex flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
An active Galapagos Islands adventure holiday, from US $2845 (10 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
Combine superb hiking with a spectacular wildlife cruise, from £4705 - £7105 (18 days) ex flights
Ecuador wildlife holiday
For the conscious traveler eager to learn about Ecuadorian conservation., from US $5499 (20 days) ex flights
Galapagos cruises
Cruise the Galapagos Islands on sailing boats and yachts, from US $2100 - US $4500 (8 days) ex flights
Galapagos Islands holiday
Home to many interesting species of endemic wildlife, from £4072 - £4572 (17 days) inc UK flights
Galapagos holiday cruise options
Excellent selection of small and midsize Galapagos cruises, from £1970 - £3143 (8 days) ex flights
Ecuador and Amazon holiday
A journey of discovery and exploration, from £849 (16 days) ex flights
Ecuador and Galapagos holiday
Three unforgettable wildlife experiences in one holiday, from £4345 - £4555 (17 days) ex flights
Galapagos activity holiday
Trek, bike, kayak and snorkel on this fantastic adventure, from £1695 (8 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos holiday
An inspirational tour combining Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos, from £0 (15 days) inc UK flights
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands holiday
An 11-day journey straddling the centre of the world, from £2800 (11 days) ex flights
Climb Mount Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Mountaineering in Ecuador, climb Cotopaxi, from US $1085 (6 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Ecuador
A short tour that includes the main highlights of Ecuador, from £759 (13 days) ex flights
Ecuador adventure holiday, tailor made
From volcano-top to Amazon basin and everything in between!, from £1295 (9 days) ex flights
Ecuador holiday, Quito & the Galapagos
Experience Quito & the Galapagos Islands, from £2200 (11 days) ex flights
Galapagos multi activity holiday
An amazing adventure Galapagos Multi-sports, from £1995 (7 days) ex flights
Teach disadvantaged children in Quito, Ecuador
Fantastic teaching project with underprivileged children, from £1175 (21 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos Island holiday
South America's archaeological and natural jewels, from £4622 - £4922 (17 days) inc UK flights

99 reviews for Ecuador holidays4 star overall rating

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Galapagos cruises
The first day arriving in Galapagos and seeing the sea turtles, snorkelling, swimming next to sealions was the most memorable part of this holiday. (more)Miss D.D
The most memorable parts were seeing and swimming with many of the wildlife including penguins, sea lions, dolphins. Driving through ocean surrounded by volcanoes on all sides. (more)Matt Hayden
Visiting one of the most unique places left on earth, and seeing how protective tours and the park authorities are keeping it that way, were most memorable. Amazing and excellent - truly a trip of a lifetime, and one of the few times one can genuinely use the word 'awesome'. (more)Ayesha Kyari
From US $2100 - US $4500 excluding flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
Fantastic -it was everything we expected. Sometimes reality does not meet expectations but not so this time and we are both fairly well travelled. Everything went like clock work. (more)Jennifer Parks
The view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate after a gruelling 4-day trek and the tameness of the animals in the Galapagos were the most memorable parts. (more)Glenys France
Galapagos Islands really are as good as expected - amazing wildlife - almost too easy to get great photos as the wildlife is so obliging but I am not complaining! (more)Andy McDaid
From £4705 - £7105 excluding flights
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
Most memorable was walking through the Amazon with one of the Sani guides (whose father happened to have established the Sani Lodge), in the rain, through the mud, finding the most incredible birds, reptiles, insects and plants. (more)Julia Saurazas
The tapir emerged from the forest and remained at the clay lick drinking water for an extended period of time. Simply remarkable. (more)Robert Roberto
We loved the Eco-lodge that we stayed at, the Napo Wildlife Center. It was beautiful, well appointed and our guides were absolutely top notch. We learned an incredible amount and got to experience a wonderful place with wonderful people. (more)Elizabeth Essner
From US $1345 including domestic flights only
Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation
Fantastic. Great crew and guide. Wildlife unbelievable. (more)Frances Kidd
Most memorable was the opportunity to see close-up the most wonderful selection of animals and birds. (more)David Weller
From £2249 excluding flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
We feel we've had many 5-star holidays but this was certainly one of them. (more)Robert Coifman
Snorkelling with the wonderful under-sea creatures - as well as scores of beautiful fishes, I swam with marine iguanas and sea turtles. Plus the kayaking was a high point for me. (more)Camilla Reeve
An incredible experience and privilege like no other (more)Sarah Pajwani
From US $2845 excluding flights
Quito to La Paz overland tour
Memorable parts? Trekking the Inca trail was fantastic, it exceeded all my expectations. The porters were superhuman and the tour leaders superb. It is the best experience I have had so far. Tips? Listen to the safety tips of your tour leaders regarding valuables. Things did go missing on public transport with some of my travelling buddies. Local benefits? We visited local communities and bought direct from them. Stayed with families to experience their daily life. Overall... (more)Yuetmui Chung
From £1658 - £2345 excluding flights
Galapagos holiday cruise options
Really there are no words to express how wonderful my holiday was. You have to experience it yourself to appreciate it...the most exciting part was seeing the animals on the Galapagos & swimming with the sea turtles. (more)Sy Schwartz
The most memorable part was swimming with sealions and turtles in the Galapagos. (more)Elaine Edmondson
From £1970 - £3143 excluding flights
Ecuador adventure holiday, tailor made
Fantastic!!!! The best parts were tubing down the Napo River Valley! Also, enjoyed tremendously all the laughter on the ropes course, the river rafting and the hospitality and GREAT FOOD. (more)lynn mahan
Absolutely superb from start to finish. The operator was outstanding in making us an itinerary which was perfect for the amount of time we had to spend there, and we loved working with them before, during and after our holiday. We felt that the range of experiences, activities and accommodations enabled us to really experience a bug chunk of Ecuador and its culture in only two weeks. (more)Cara Roberts
From £1295 excluding flights
Galapagos cruise options, tailor made
Excellent. The guides, accommodation, food, wildlife was better than I had expected...our guides were all local and very good at their job. (more)Sam Taylor
The wildlife was just awesome! Even more amazing than we'd expected! The crew were fantastic - really friendly and welcoming and the guides were exceptional. (more)Christine Ennew
Most memorable was swimming with sea lions, but actually it was all brilliant. (more)Bryn Parry
From £1999 excluding flights
Ecuador adventure holiday
Excellent itinerary....Benefitted local people - especially in two home stays (more)Dot Lemon
Tunguruhua Volcano erupting whilst in Banos, walking around Cuicocha Crater lake, climbing Chimborazo volcano and visiting a funny little rainforest island in Tena were the most memorable parts. (more)Rob Cooper
From £729 excluding flights
Ecuador and Amazon holiday
Staying in the jungle lodge - in the middle of nowhere was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Belinda Chavasse
The most memorable parts for me were rafting, tubing, the jungle hike and trip to the wildlife centre. (more)Mair Perkins
I loved the Quichua Homestay... learning their traditions and experiencing life in the jungle. They are wonderful, warm people who seem naturally shy whilst very honest and giving...This was an experience as well as a holiday. I loved it. (more)Amber Bauer
From £849 excluding flights
Overland tour to South America, Andes to the Amazon
Memorable parts? Hiking on a glacier, coming face to face with penguins in Punta Tomba, canyoning down a 40 metre waterfall, meeting all my new friends Tips? We had a great time, and made 21 new friends... but it is quite intense being with other people for such a long time... bring earplugs and ipod and a very very warm sleeping bag. Local benefits? Yes, we always took our rubbish with us, and were careful not to make a mess. Overall rating? Had an amazing time,... (more)Caroline Eccles
From £1495 - £1645 excluding flights
Galapagos activity holiday
Memorable parts? The SEA LIONS are great encounters. Especially on San Cristobal Island being such close proximity with them on beaches is almost unheard of anywhere else in the world! That is a real specialty of the trip! Walking the Volcano surfaces on Isabel Island was amazing too! Tips? Organised tours don't seem to include the chance to be able to Scooba Dive with the Sea Lions or other sea life, so best to book that separately by extending your holiday by 1 day or skip the... (more)Anni Jancsek
From £1695 excluding flights
Small group holiday to Ecuador
10 out of ten. Our guide was Richard Anchante. He was excellent, unfailingly helpful, full of local info and stories and very good English. Please commend him to the operator. (more)Barbara Wagstaff
The holiday was very interestingwe have seen many places, from Quito to Cuenca and the Amazon rainforest....the most memorable or exciting part of my holiday were the views seen while travelling by the quite comfortable public busses (more)Halina Siemiginowski
From £759 excluding flights
Galapagos 2 week cruise, Ecuador
Memorable parts? The fantastic wildlife. The friendly crew. The very knowlable guide. Tips? If travelling alone - pay the extra for your own cabin. Take as little as possible - you can always rinse things out & dry them! A couple of pairs of shorts or trousers & a couple of t-shirts, GOOD soled shoes & sandles. 60+ Sun block, Deet. AND CAMERA(s) Don't spend money on new clothes before you go! Local benefits? The locals certainly appeared to make the most of the tourist trade!!!!!!... (more)Margaret Dolan
From £5222 - £5572 including UK flights
Galapagos family holiday
We loved the holiday - it was the whole family's favourite to date and was made special because of the other families and the Guides, esp. in the Galapagos where Pedro, the local guide, was intelligent, fun and great with the children. (more)Vimty Muir
The most memorable part of our holiday was the unique wildlife, unafraid of humans - the seals especially. The local people were very friendly and worth spending money on to benefit their economy - children beautiful. (more)Barry A Clout
From £3011 - £3301 including UK flights
Ecuador holidays, Andes to Amazon
The most memorable part of the holiday was the temples. 5 stars. (more)Rachel Furnell
A fabulous location, amazing tropical jungle surroundings, wonderful food and the adventure of walking through both primary and secondary jungle, not to mention the 2 hour trip downstream on the Napo River in a motorized canoe. (more)Susan Sargeant
From £2299 - £2699 including UK flights
Volunteer with children in Ecuador
Memorable parts? The people I met definitely made my trip unforgettable. Tips? Just to relax and enjoy. Local benefits? I think so as I collaborated in a very nice project for children in there and tried to be as environment friendly as possible. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)Raquel Orcajo Miranda
From £749 excluding flights
Ecuador holiday, community based tourism
From the moment we stepped on to the canoe it all became a bit of an adventure. Our excellent local guide Delfin brought the forest to life with his tales of the living in the forest (more)Jane Rawson
The whole holiday was very very good and hugely enjoyable! The time at Bellavista cloud forest reserve was exceptional for me especially as I was able to go back for a few days after the group tour finished and do more walks on my own (saw a sloth even). (more)Alison Pelikan
From £3195 excluding flights
Galapagos conservation projects
Flying over San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos then landing on the tiny airstrip right by the sea and seeing unique plants and animals for the first time that I had only seen in books or in documentaries was the most exciting part. (more)Sue Gardner
Most memorable? Swimming with sea lions but a close second was the community of people that is jatun sacha. (more)John Sheehan
From £1195 excluding flights
Teach English in the Galapagos Islands
Memorable parts? All of it! The amazing people we met, the fantastic kids that were so enthusiastic in lessons, the little goodbye poems and cards they made us to say goodbye, the wonderful trips we took on the weekends to get up close and personal with the wildlife, the amazing feeling of walking down into town and realising we were an active, contributing part of society on the Islands... I could go on for days talking about how fantastic it was! Tips? 1. Learn Spanish! Although... (more)Kerry Hyde
From US $1040 - US $2840 excluding flights
Ecuador activity holiday
Memorable parts? Wildlife - birds, dolphins, turtles, snakes, Jesus lizard. Tips? At altitude, acclimatise. In sea, be careful of sting rays - take copies of documents. Local benefits? Yes-very much. A proportion of money goes directly to conservation. Also, much of my trip was eco tourist focused and I ate and spent locally. Overall rating? Brilliant - an unexpected bonus was the social democratic ideas in Ecuador-they can teach us a lot. Ecuador is incredibly diverse,... (more)Phil Madden
From US $1265 excluding flights
South America overland expedition, Andino
Memorable parts? Uyuni Salt Flats as it was amazing and of course Machu Pichu... despite climbing and barely seeing it from the Sun Gate, the clouds eventually lifted and we were able to get some gorgeous photos one of which I have attached. I also loved the town of Cuzco and Punta Sal in Peru. Tips? On this trip you would meet loads of travellers which I thought was good as you were able to share experiences and learn about people and their life choices! The most important thing... (more)Roxanne Glaud
From £3589 excluding flights
Ecuador and Galapagos holiday
Memorable parts? Zip-Lining in the Cloud Forest but the Galapagos was amazing. Tips? Definitely take a torch, wet weather clothing and a sense of humour. Local benefits? Yes, definitely. Overall rating? Brilliant but the cloud forest was a bit disappointing as we had continual rain and saw very few animals or birds. This also occurred in the Amazon. We were told by the operator that rain was minimal with short bursts. Obviously a joke. (more)Anne Goffin
From £4345 - £4555 excluding flights
Maquipucuna cloud forest lodge, Ecuador
Memorable parts? The dugout canoe ride to the lodge was quite memorable. We saw abundant wildlife along the way including various birds, monkeys, and butterflies. Tips? Don't forget your insect repellent and binoculars. Local benefits? Yes (more)Preet Mahal
From US $320 excluding flights
Galapagos adventure holiday with volunteering
A fantastic mix of meaningful volunteering work, organised activities and free time to do your own thing (more)Dot Lemon
The volunteering at foundation reserve is the most memorable as we get to contribute back to the Galapagos National Park as well as making new friends and understanding the objectives/ problems of conserving the Islands. (more)Lisa Teo
The most memorable part was discovering the beautiful Galapagos islands with their varied plants, birds and animals, differing from one island to another. (more)Kate Martin
From US $1790 - US $2190 excluding flights
Ecuador ecolodge accommodation
The most exciting part of the holiday would have to be the hike back from the Quilotoa Crater. Outstanding. (more)Jennifer Farrell
The inn was amazing and we took home a lot of ideas about how we would like to rework our house to emulate some of the environmentally responsible technology there. (more)Alice Noble
It is a hiker's paradise and the staff arrange for guides for hikers and those choosing to go by horseback. The facilities are gorgeous and home-cooked dinners are wonderful. (more)Sally Vogl
From US $35 - US $100 per person per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Ecuador holiday travel guide


2 minute summary

Crammed into an area the size of the UK, the habitats range from the steamy
Amazon jungle and high Andean páramo, to bird-filled cloud forest and mangrove-lined
coast, while majestic colonial cities shelter in the foothills of snow-capped volcanoes.
All this before you’ve even reached the Galápagos, whose wide-eyed sea lions, giant
tortoises, and penguins show no fear of their human visitors, and happily pose on
wave-battered rocks.
One of South America’s most diminutive nations, Ecuador has more biodiversity per square kilometre than any other country in the world
Ecuador's culture is equally as diverse and welcoming. The colourfully-clad
Quichua – descendants of the Incas – weave alpaca fleeces into warming
woollens, while the many tribes of the lowlands capture the magic of the
rainforest, with shamans, medicinal plants and flamboyant fruits.
An Ecuador holiday will revive the body and the mind, and prove that
the best things really do come in compact packages.

An Ecuador holiday is...

a Mary Poppins-style bag
of bottomless treats.

An Ecuador holiday isn't...

all about the Galápagos.
Stay & discover the mainland.

What we rate & what we don't


Our best & worst of Ecuador holidays

The Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador

The Quilotoa Loop


Dotted with farming communities, llamas, crater lakes and ravines, this is a particularly scenic yet little-visited region. Public transport is minimal, but multi-day hikes from village to village – known as the "Quilotoa Loop" – and horseback rides offer a glimpse into little-seen Ecuadorian life – culminating at the exquisite Quilotoa Lake in a 3,900m high volcanic crater. Kayak across, or ride a mule around the rim.[Close]
Equatorial rhythms, Ecuador

Equatorial rhythms


Though not celebrated as other Latin styles, Ecuador’s cultural patchwork has created its own distinctive sounds, each one the perfect soundtrack to its specific region. From the rhythm-heavy, African-influenced bomba and marimba of the northern coast, to the mournful Andean flute and guitar and the vocal harmonies of the música nacional, pick up some cheap CDs during your Ecuador holiday and relive the experience back home. [Close]
Diverse culture, Ecuador

Diverse culture


Ecuador’s nature and wildlife draw visitors from across the globe. However, its many cultures – including gaudily dressed Quichua highlanders, the little-visited, coastal Afroecuadorians and the many Amazonian tribes, with their shamans and fascinating knowledge of the rainforest – should not be overlooked. Use local guides, try a homestay, sample local food or join a cultural workshop for a thoroughly Ecuadorian holiday adventure. [Close]
Incan ruins, Ecuador

Incan ruins


Peru takes all the credit for the Incas’ legacy, but their empire stretched as far as Quito, and southern Ecuador has its fair share of Inca roads and ruins. The most impressive is Ingapirca, whose Temple of the Sun was built using stones carved so perfectly they require no mortar. During the solstices, the sun shines through a doorway at the top of the temple. [Close]
Darwin's islands, Ecuador

Darwin's islands


Few places on earth have contributed as much to our understanding of the natural world as the Galápagos. A lack of large predators on this volcanic archipelago means the wildlife is fearless, and in this remotest of settings you can swim with sea lions, watch sea iguanas blow salt from their noses and see the famous finches, whose unique beaks revealed the secrets of evolution to Charles Darwin.[Close]
Cobblestoned Cuenca, Ecuador

Cobblestoned Cuenca


This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of South America’s best-preserved colonial cities. Founded by the Spanish in 1557, Cuenca had already been a settlement for 1,000 years – first for the Cañari and then the Incas. Today, Cuenca’s cobblestoned streets, whitewashed churches, mild climate and fascinating museums are a draw for tourists and retired expats. [Close]
Exotic wildlife, Ecuador

Exotic wildlife


As one of the world’s 17 biodiversity hotspots, Ecuador has a phenomenal variety of habitats – and the wildlife to match. From the vicuñas and condors of the high Andes and the birdlife of the cloud forests, to the howler monkeys, sloths and anacondas of the Amazon, the whales of the coast and the sea lions, iguanas and tortoises of the Galápagos, wildlife fans will be hopping with excitement during their Ecuador holiday. [Close]
Volatile volcanoes, Ecuador

Volatile volcanoes


Ecuador’s “spine” is a chain of volcanoes – you’llnever be far from a smoking crater or a rugged snow-capped peak during your Ecuador holiday. Scramble up Rucu Pichincha for unrivalled views of Quito, then soak your aching legs in one of the country’s many natural thermal baths. Mountain bike down Cotopaxi’s slopes, or simply enjoy the dramatic views – while sipping juice chilled with glacial ice.[Close]
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil


The violent reputation of Ecuador’s largest city has mellowed over the past decade, as renovation projects have brightened up the promenade – the flashy Malecón 2000 – and pretty, pastel-coloured Cerro Santa Ana, with its cute cafes and vistas. But there’s little else to see, straying from these areas is ill advised, and the views reveal the slums across the murky water, facing back onto the selective wealth of the city.[Close]
Otavalo market, Ecuador

Otavalo market


One of the largest and most famous markets in South America, you’ll find enough crafts to stuff a hundred suitcases in Otavalo. You’ll also find hundreds of other tourists. For a more authentic market experience, try the Saturday morning animal market, or visit the surrounding villages, where many of the weavers practise their crafts on traditional looms. Salasaca, Saquisilí and Latacunga also have notable markets. [Close]
Isla de la Plata, Ecuador

Isla de la Plata


This parched rock, 20km from Puerto Lopez, is covered in scratchy loofah bushes, blue-footed boobies and red-chested frigate birds. It’s an unusual daytrip, especially in June-September when there’s a chance of spotting migrating whales during the boat ride. However, don’t believe those who sell this island as an alternative to the Galápagos – you’ll be sorely disappointed. [Close]
Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador

Mitad del Mundo


The “Middle of the World” is a reference to the equator. Unfortunately, the monument built to mark it is 240m south of the actual line – so head to the nearby Intiñan Solar Museum for the real equator. Reaching the famed spot ends up being something of an anticlimax – and you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not the “scientific” experiments involving plugholes and balancing eggs are true... [Close]

Food, shopping & people


Travel like a local on your Ecuador holiday

Eating & drinking


Locro de papas is a cheap yet delicious potato soup from the Andes. Top it with toasted maize, cubed cheese or sliced avocado.
No Ecuadorian bus ride would be complete without a tub of warming seco de chivo – pork and rice in sauce, sold along the roadside.
Don’t play it safe with bananas and mangos, try guava, ugly, creamy guanábana, and citrusy tomate de árbol juice (tree tomato)
The coastal Afroecuadorians have their own, wonderful, Afro-Latin cuisine, heavy on coconut, plantain, fish and cinnamon.
In Ecuador, chocolate grows on trees – in "chocolate pods". Take a workshop in roasting, grinding and making your own chocolate – fascinating, and scrummy!

People & culture


Nearly three quarters of Ecuador's people are mestizo (mixed European and indigenous descent). The Quichua are scattered throughout the highlands – and each community has its own unique culture. Smaller ethnic groups inhabit the lowlands, including the Shuar, Chachi, Secoya and Huaorani who lead largely traditional lifestyles and have their own languages.

Greet a highlander in Kichwa: "Imanalla"

Say "cool!" in South American slang: "Chévere!"

When it gets freezing in the mountains, don’t say "Brrr" – say "Achachay!" It sounds like chattering teeth!
 

Gifts & shopping


The highlands are often wrapped in rainbow coloured fabric, warm alpaca ponchos and soft blankets. Markets may stock imported or poor-quality versions – visit weavers' cooperatives to find authentic crafts and ensure your dollars go straight to the artisans.
The farming region of Tigua is famous for its intricate paintings of Andean life. Painted on sheepskin, they feature farmers and weavers, festivals, volcanoes and condors. Quality varies – the best are found in Tigua itself, and Quito’s small galleries.
The Panama hat is in fact from Ecuador. Made from plaited leaves, the finest examples can hold water and will pass through a wedding ring when rolled up.

Fast facts


Baltasar Ushca – the "iceman of Chimborazo" – climbs to the volcano's upper slopes every day with his donkeys to bring ice back down to sell.

How much does it cost?


Authentic Panama hat: £15 - £35
Dinner in a Quito restaurant: £10
Bowl of seco on a bus: £1.50
Ride up the Quito TeleferiQo: £4.60
Bunch of bananas: 20p
Bottle of Club beer: 62p
 
Photo credits: [The Quilotoa Loop: Wild Frontiers] [Equatorial rhythms: Kapela] [Inca ruins: Delphine Ménard] [Cobblestoned Cuenca: Theodore Scott] [Volatile volcanoes: Gerard Prins] [Isla de la Plata: Francesco Bailo] [Mitad del Mundo: Beatrice Murch] [Eating and drinking - Guava: Rajesh Dangi] [People & culture - Shuar: Kleverenrique] [How much - Panama hat: Colin Capelle]
Ecuador highlands tour & Galapagos cruise
Experience Ecuador's stunning highlands and the Galapagos, from £0 (16 days) inc UK flights
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
A First Class wildlife cruise around the 'Enchanted Isles', from £3642 - £4072 (12 days) inc UK flights
Ecuador adventure holiday
Delve deep into indigenous culture, from £729 (18 days) ex flights
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
A luxurious eco-lodge in wildlife rich Ecuadorean Amazon, from US $1345 (4 days) ex flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based
Privately guided land-based activity holiday in Galapagos, from £1917 - £2516 (7 days) ex flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
An active Galapagos Islands adventure holiday, from US $2845 (10 days) ex flights
Ecuador holiday, Quito & the Galapagos
Experience Quito & the Galapagos Islands, from £2200 (11 days) ex flights
Ecuador adventure holiday, tailor made
From volcano-top to Amazon basin and everything in between!, from £1295 (9 days) ex flights
Climb Mount Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Mountaineering in Ecuador, climb Cotopaxi, from US $1085 (6 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Ecuador
A short tour that includes the main highlights of Ecuador, from £759 (13 days) ex flights
Ecuador wildlife holiday
For the conscious traveler eager to learn about Ecuadorian conservation., from US $5499 (20 days) ex flights
Galapagos holiday cruise options
Excellent selection of small and midsize Galapagos cruises, from £1970 - £3143 (8 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
Combine superb hiking with a spectacular wildlife cruise, from £4705 - £7105 (18 days) ex flights
Ecuador and Amazon holiday
A journey of discovery and exploration, from £849 (16 days) ex flights
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