Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Ecuador

Ecuador is the second smallest country in South America and home to a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the colonial city of Quito, historical center of Cuenca and the jewel in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands. Astonishing wildlife, cone shaped volcanoes, picturesque colonial towns, vibrant markets and the rich biodiversity of the Amazon Basin and Highland Cloud Forests are just the start of what Ecuador has to offer.

The cultural mix of Spanish culture and pre-Hispanic indigenous influences are best seen in the architecture and market places such as Quito, Cuenca and Otavalo. The Galapagos Islands are nature's wonderland where you can see giant tortoises and witness the exotic blue footed boobie or swim with playful seals. Taking a cruise in the archipelago is the best way to explore the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean 1000 km from the Ecuador mainland. The 19 islands and surrounding marine reserve have been called a living museum and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Cruising is the best way to become acquainted with the islands, and all the cruises offer a variety of activities including kayaking, snorkelling, diving, swimming and excursions led by naturalist guides.

The islands are a melting pot for wildlife enthusiasts and there are many opportunities to walk amongst sea lions, land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, frigate birds and penguins.

Climate

The weather from January to June is typically warmer but with some rain. July to December is cooler and drier.

Best time to travel: Nov - Apr / Jul - Aug (next best: Sep & Oct)

To travel to the Galapagos Islands, flights operate from Quito and Guayaquil.South American Travel Specialists

Contact our professional consultants for itineraries, terms, conditions and departure dates.

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