Ecuador is a nature lover’s paradise! Everyone is an explorer as you traverse the mountains and beaches of this breathtaking country! Discover fascinating wildlife, such as the blue-footed booby, on the Galapagos Islands. Channel your inner scientist as you closely examine organisms that inspired Charles Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species. Enjoy small talk with locals at the Otavalo Market. Experience the authenticity of Quito, the country’s capital and UNESCO World Heritage site built upon Incan ruins. This historic city has a beautiful backdrop amid mountains and volcanoes. Prepare to be amazed at everything this enchanting country has to offer! Now all you have to do is pack your bags.
Ecuador is the perfect place to see exotic wildlife! From giant tortoises strolling through lush meadows to sea lions frolicking in tropical waters, the animals of this country will never cease to amaze you! Relax during a cruise of the Galapagos Islands, and experience the sights and sounds like Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. Keep your eyes peeled for colorful macaws (parrots), slithering iguanas, and blue footed boobies performing their mating dance. Whether you’re trekking the terrain of Tortuga Bay, or wandering through the capital city of Quito, witnessing the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat will surely leave you in awe!
- Otavalo Market
Put your best bargaining skills to the test at the Otavalo Market! This outdoor market is the largest in South America. You could spend hours perusing hundreds of stalls lined with brightly-colored handicrafts, set against a picturesque backdrop of volcanoes. Saturday and Wednesday are the busiest days and have the most vendors. Popular items to buy include jewelry, clothes made from alpaca wool, paintings, and ceramics, just to name a few. A stop at this indigenous market is an experience unlike any other!
Ecuador’s capital city is tucked in between the Andes Mountains and the Pichincha Volcano. Built upon a former Incan City and more than 9,000 ft. above sea level, this city in the clouds is characterized by its stunning landscape and ornate architecture. It’s impossible to walk around without noticing the vast beauty and culture that surrounds you. From brightly-colored castles (castillos), to towering churches that blend multiple architectural styles, the structures of Quito are a reflection of its inhabitants throughout the centuries. In fact, the buildings have been so perfectly-preserved that Quito was named a cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. But just because it is one of the oldest capital cities in the world doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do and see today! Ride the TelefériQo (cable car) up the Pichincha Volcano to get a bird’s-eye view of the city. If you’re really adventurous, continue hiking up the volcano for even more jaw-dropping views. If you prefer a relaxed atmosphere, stroll down the Calle de la Ronda, a charming cobblestone street lined with artisan shops, galleries, and cafes.
- Los Gemelos
The unique formations of Los Gemelos, which literally translates to “The Twins,” are located in the forest region of Santa Cruz Island. Although Los Gemelos are frequently called “craters,” they’re actually sinkholes. Lava flowed down the mountains during a volcanic eruption, creating lava walls and tunnels underground. After thousands of years, the roofs collapsed and formed sinkholes. Los Gemelos is a rare composition of lush greenery and volcanic rock walls that you don’t want to miss! Situated in close proximity to one another, Los Gemelos are conveniently located along the main road of Santa Cruz, making it easily accessible.
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There are no official vaccination requirements for entry into Ecuador, however, inoculations against yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis and malaria suppressants (for the Galapagos islands) might be recommended. Consult your physician.
This tour includes some time at high altitudes where travelers may suffer from varying degrees of altitude sickness. Please consult with your physician about any precautions before you depart.
Ecuador's climate is very varied. There is no perfect time to go see it all.
Coast: January to April is the rainy season with the warmest water currents, making it the most popular time to visit for surfers or snorkelers.
Quito is always moderate and the Amazon is always humid. Layers and a waterproof/ breathable jacket are recommended if you will be hiking in the mountains.
Tip 10% of the bill unless a service fee is included, additional small amounts are appreciated. Round up fare for taxi drivers.
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Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
Shop in Ecuador for genuine Panama hats, pottery, filigree jewelry, wool sweaters, wood carvings, ponchos, and Amerindian weavings and handcrafts.
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120/127 volts. Plugs A & B. No converters or adapters needed.
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