Our Ecuador holidays

Most Ecuador holidays focus on the Galapagos Islands, one of the planet’s great cradles of biodiversity, where sustainable wildlife tourism is taken extremely seriously. Small ship cruises that minimise their environmental impact and land-based tours (better for families) follow in Darwin’s footsteps in search of sea lions, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Yet since you’ll usually pass through UNESCO-listed Quito to reach the islands, exploring mainland Ecuador is also recommended. Multi activity adventure holidays see you hiking through cloud forests, mountain biking down volcanoes, river rafting and staying with indigenous villagers in the Amazon, who are happy to share their well-preserved culture with visitors.

Our top Ecuador holidays

Galapagos adventure holiday

From £4300
10 days ex flights
An active Galapagos Islands adventure holiday
Small group2022: 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 19 Dec, 23 Dec

Ecuador adventure holiday, tailor made

From £1795
9 days ex flights
From volcano-top to Amazon basin and everything in between!

Galapagos multi activity holiday

From £3050
7 days ex flights
An amazing adventure Galapagos Multi-sports

Galapagos land based adventure holiday

From £2166 to £3133
10 days ex flights
Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater
Small groupTwo or three departure dates each week

Budget Ecuador and Galapagos holiday, 23 days

From US $3779 to US $6249
23 days ex flights
Experience Ecuador & Galapagos in our complete classic tour
Tailor made

Galapagos cruises

From £2538
8 days ex flights
Cruise the Galapagos Islands on sailing boats and yachts

Ecuador & Galapagos tailor made tour

From £6720 to £7440
22 days ex flights
Private in-depth tour of Ecuador and The Galapagos
Tailor made

Ecuador holidays, Andes to Amazon

From £3399 to £3949
15 days inc UK flights
Ecuador's landscapes & wildlife
Small group2022: 9 Sep, 11 Nov, 23 Dec, 2023: 17 Feb, 10 Mar, 7 Apr, 4 Aug, 8 Sep, 10 Nov, 22 Dec

Galapagos holiday cruise options

From £8185
16 days ex flights
In-depth and tailored exploration, by land & sea

About our Ecuador holidays

Rainforests in Ecuador

The rainforests of Ecuador are as rich in wildlife as any other – the trick, as always, is being able to spot it among the trees. Hot, humid and always very wet, the rainforests are always travelled either on foot or by small boat along the river. Howler monkeys can be heard shrieking from far away, spider monkeys perform acrobatics on vines, and dozing sloths dangle from branches. You may also encounter anacondas, caimans and comical capybaras on the waterways, while the intensity of the birdlife is spectacular. Homestays in indigenous communities are an excellent way to explore the culture of Ecuador’s rainforests.

Galápagos Islands

The wildlife of the Galápagos Islands may not be amazingly large, or fierce, but nowhere else in the world is it so fearless of humans. Responsible visitors rarely need a zoom lens. This isolated Pacific archipelago, 1,400km off mainland Ecuador, was the origin of Darwin’s theory of evolution – but although carefully protected, the Galápagos ecosystems remain fragile. The giant tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas and red-footed boobies – as well as the residents – all depend on tourism being run sustainably. Whether opting for a land- or cruise-based tour, the holiday companies we work with make sure you’re travelling with people who have the islands’ best interests at heart.

Family holidays in Ecuador

The wildlife of the Galápagos Islands is abundant, so – unlike game drives on safaris – tours don’t require hours of sitting still quietly. Spotting giant tortoises, iguanas and penguins up close and personal is just one reason youngsters will love Ecuador. High-spirited kids can also run free in cloud forests where hiking, rafting and canyoning are possible, as well as learn how to make their own chocolate. Ecuador family holidays can combine a stay in a hacienda with a spell on a laidback tropical beach, where you can wander local markets in search of colourful trinkets to take back home.

Cotopaxi National Park

Walking around forested Cotopaxi National Park you’ll often see hawks and condors soaring above, no doubt enjoying their views of Mount Cotopaxi. This is one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes, rising dramatically from flat terrain, its snow-capped, smouldering cone a temptation for intrepid hikers. You don’t need mountaineering skills to climb Mount Cotopaxi, but you’ll certainly pick some up on an organised trip – summit attempts depart from a refuge at midnight, and you’ll need to be physically fit. But for those not so enamoured of scaling an active volcano, there are plenty of other less demanding hikes in the park.

Types of tours & holidays in Ecuador

Small group holidays in Ecuador remove the stress of trip planning, ensure you make the most of your time, and provide guides who can make sure you don’t order the guinea pig by mistake. If you’d prefer a little more flexibility in your arrangements – whether in travel dates, types of accommodation, or shaping the itinerary – tailor made holidays showcase a variety of experiences, from the Andes to the Galápagos Islands. Of course, for the best wildlife holidays in Ecuador you should be Galápagos bound. There is a range of land-based or small ship cruise trips available, depending on your preferences.
Travel Team
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[Rainforests: Marco Marques] [Galápagos Islands: Caroline Ebinger] [Family holidays: NAParish] [Cotopaxi National Park: Bryant Stiven Salazar Aguirre] [Types of holidays: Didrik Johnck]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Longjourneys] [Rainforests: Marco Marques] [Galápagos Islands: Caroline Ebinger] [Family holidays: NAParish] [Cotopaxi National Park: Bryant Stiven Salazar Aguirre] [Types of holidays: Didrik Johnck]