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Ecuador

Ecuador Holidays


Imagine a small country, packed with active volcanoes, indigenous tribes, colourful markets, misty cloud forests, tropical beaches, colonial architecture, tropical rainforest, ancient artefacts and ruins thousands of years old.

A country also boasting islands that changed the way we view the planet.

Flamboyant, joyful carnivals, fun, spirited people and a diversity of nature to match anywhere else on earth.

Well, there is such a place.
Holidays in Ecuador can be tailor-made with Trailfinders, meaning you can see what you want, how you want. The utterly unique Galapagos Islands should certainly be on your list, but back on the mainland, the choice really is endless.

In old Quito, churches decorated entirely in Spanish gold-leaf line the cobbled streets along with pastel coloured buildings and crumbling bell towers.
There’s a modern side to the mountain-framed city too and, just two hours away, is the centre of the earth, the equator, and Otavalo Market.
Since pre-Inca times, jungle traders would travel here by foot to sell their wares and to this day, the tradition continues, just amplified as thousands of traders from across the continent converge to trade every week.

Following the Andes southwards, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, past Cotopaxi and the many haciendas to stay in, you'll have the chance to ride the famous ‘Devil’s Nose’ train before arriving in charming Cuenca.
A quaint, historic town set along a river the pace of life her is blissfully slow. Try the local speciality here – cuy, wander the age-old streets and plazas or enjoy a coffee with the locals.

However, if its wildlife you’re after, then from Quito, simply head west an hour or two for magical Cloud Forests, such as Mindo, one of the most biodiverse regions of earth.
To the east, however, is the Amazonian rainforest.
Different entirely to the mist and the hummingbirds of the cloud-forests; here caimans, giant river otters, piranhas and macaws call this rich, verdant land home.

Ecuador really does have it all.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO ECUADOR

Classic Ecuador
8 days / 7 nights
from €2,216
  • Quito
  • Otavalo
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Cuenca

  • Northern Ecuador & the Galapagos in Style
    15 days / 14 nights
    from €8,405
  • A Land of Contrasts
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Santa Cruz II
  • Luxury Accommodation

  • Ecuadorian Adventure
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €5,092
  • Historic Quito
  • Amazon
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Coral I & II

  • Banos Extension
    3 days / 2 nights
    from €856

    Hacienda La Danesa Extension
    3 days / 2 nights
    from €1,082
  • Towering Volcanic Peaks
  • Cascading Waterfalls

  • Cloud Forest Extension at Mashpi Lodge
    4 days / 3 nights
    from €1,709
    Wonderful birdlife and range of guided excursions.

    WHERE TO GO IN ECUADOR

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    Quito
    Quito
    Set high in the Andes, Ecuador’s vibrant capital city boasts a dramatic location in the shadow of the Pichincha Volcano. The carefully restored colonial centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is brimming with historical charm. This city is best explored on foot and a walk along the cobbled streets of the old town will reveal lovely views, beautiful plazas, churches and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
    Galápagos Islands
    Galápagos Islands
    Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin with a trip to Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. Set 600 miles off the mainland, a visit to this archipelago will undoubtedly be a very special and unforgettable experience. The wildlife on these volcanic islands are fearless so it is possible to get remarkably close to them. Explore the islands with expert guides and either choose to stay on board a cruise boat or in a hotel on Santa Cruz Island.
    Cloud Forest
    Cloud Forest
    Perched on the slopes of the Andes are a number of cool and misty cloud forest reserves which are home to an abundance of flora, fauna and birdlife. Spend a few days here following trails through the lush forest vegetation and relaxing in this spectacular environment. Although the cloud forests can be reached within a 2 hour drive from Quito, the peace and tranquillity means you will feel a world away.
    Avenue of the Volcanoes
    Avenue of the Volcanoes
    Soaring volcanic peaks stretch south from Quito through the centre of Ecuador to form the spectacular Avenue of the Volcanoes. The skyline of this beautiful region is dominated by the towering summit of Mount Chimborazo and the snow-capped cone of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. The area is also home to rolling green fields, colourful market towns and pretty haciendas.
    Cuenca
    Cuenca
    Cuenca is the birth place of the Panama hat and its red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets and flowery plazas lend an old-world charm to this beautiful colonial city. Cathedrals and church spires tower above the rooftops including the distinctive sky-blue domes of the ‘New Cathedral’ which was constructed in 1885. The Tomebamba River winds through the city, separating the historic sector from the new modern neighbourhoods
    Amazon Rainforest
    Amazon Rainforest
    Ecuador offers a variety of landscapes ranging from cities to rolling hills and from cloud forests to volcanoes and mountains. To add to this differing scenery, almost a third of the country lies in the Amazon basin. This fascinating region is accessed via a short flight to the town of Coca and from here most lodges in the jungle can only be accessed by boat. Guides will show you the wildlife of the region and teach you about Amazon life.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN ECUADOR

    Casa Gangotena
    Quito
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Free daily tour

  • Mashpi Lodge
    Cloud Forest
    from €1194

    Napo Wildlife Centre
    Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Canopy tower

  • Hacienda Zuleta
    Otavalo
  • Restaurant
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding and mountain biking (additional charge)

  • Hacienda La Danesa
    Guayaquil

    Hotel Del Parque
    Guayaquil
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Spa

  • THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR

    Quito & Centre of the World
    Approx 4.5 hours
    from €124
  • Quito's colonial quarter
  • Equatorial Monument - Middle of the world

  • Otavalo Full Day Tour with Lunch
    Approx 8 hours
    from €197

    Cotopaxi National Park with Lunch
    Approx 8 hours
    from €176
  • Cotopaxi National Park
  • Limpiopunga Lagoon
  • Wildlife viewing

  • When is the best time to visit Ecuador?

    Galapagos

    JAN

    28
    8h  18cm

    FEB

    30
    8h  15cm

    MAR

    30
    8h  17cm

    APR

    30
    8h  16cm

    MAY

    28
    7h  8cm

    JUN

    27
    6h  11cm

    JUL

    25
    6h  12cm

    AUG

    24
    6h  8cm

    SEP

    24
    6h  9cm

    OCT

    24
    6h  7cm

    NOV

    25
    7h  7cm

    DEC

    26
    7h  13cm
    Quito

    JAN

    21
    5h  12cm

    FEB

    20
    5h  14cm

    MAR

    20
    4h  16cm

    MAY

    20
    5h  13cm

    JUN

    20
    5h  6cm

    JUL

    20
    6h  3cm

    AUG

    21
    6h  4cm

    SEP

    21
    5h  8cm

    OCT

    20
    5h  13cm

    NOV

    20
    5h  13cm

    DEC

    21
    5h  11cm

    APR

    20
    4h  17cm
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    Ecuador Fast Facts

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