Ecuador & Galápagos Islands

From the extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos, biosphere cloud forest and Amazon jungle to snow-capped volcanoes, Ecuador is a land of varied wonders.

Ecuador packs more than its fair share into its relatively small borders.

The capital, Quito, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in all of South America and its well-preserved colonial centre makes it one of the most beautiful too. Thriving towns dot the country, but it’s outside of these centres that Ecuador truly comes into its own, thanks to diverse landscapes ranging from the impenetrable Amazon to the mighty Cotopaxi.

The famous Galápagos Islands – a pilgrimage of sorts for many – lie off the Pacific Coast and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience for nature lovers. Back on the mainland, the combination of Inca ruins, colonial churches and fascinating history proves irresistible.


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Continent South America
Language Spanish/Quichua
Capital Quito
Population 17,656,373
Area 283,560 km²
Currency U.S. Dollar

When to Go

The highlands are at their best between June and September, during which you can expect clear days. The Galápagos Islands are most enjoyable from April to August – it won’t be too warm and there’ll be plenty of animals in their breeding seasons – while the Amazon’s weather doesn’t vary greatly, it’s particularly wet from April to July.

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Personalised luxury tours in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

The World Heritage-listed city of Quito is the perfect jumping-off point for a number of adventures. Spend some time exploring the narrow, cobbled streets of Old Town and delve into the country’s pre-Columbian history to contextualise this fascinating, varied country.

A journey through the Galápagos Islands is a non-negotiable for nature lovers with giant tortoises, friendly sea lions and more. Expert naturalists will make your journey truly memorable. Alternatively, the twisted vines and roots of the Amazon Jungle provide a different, yet equally rewarding experience and can be explored by luxury riverboat, on land or even by canoe.

Mainland Ecuador is filled with rewarding experiences for those that take the time to explore. Snow-capped volcanoes, hidden lakes and dramatic valleys are offset with historic haciendas and colonial towns. Take on some adventurous activities, relax in thermal pools, be swept up in colourful markets, learn about traditional handicrafts and savour local delicacies.

A&K's Ecuador & Galápagos Islands highlights

You could spend a lifetime exploring Ecuador and despite its relatively small size, you still wouldn’t scratch the surface. From the highlands to the jungle to its famous island outpost, Ecuador offers so much for travellers and these are just a few of the highlights:

  • Meander through the colonial streets of Quito, a World Heritage-listed city in the highlands
  • Cruise through the Amazon Jungle on a luxury riverboat in search of its inquisitive wildlife
  • Visit the Galápagos Islands and be inspired by the landscapes and creatures that helped to explain life as we know it.

High-end accommodation in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Cruise the Galápagos Islands on La Pinta, a luxury yacht with 24 crew members, a jacuzzi, gym and natural history library.

Discover 500 species of birds, trees and frogs found nowhere else in the world while staying at the incredible Mashpi Lodge in the Andean foothills.

The Napo Wildlife Center was built by the indigenous Kichwa Anangu community and is the perfect eco-lodge from which to explore the Amazon.

The Mansion Alcazar brings European opulence to Cuenca. This restored 19th-century mansion is an oasis in the middle of the city, with lush gardens, a wellness centre and a library.

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