Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

From the extraordinary wildlife of the Galapagos, 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 Galapagos 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.

Personalised luxury tours in Ecuador and the Galapagos 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 Galapagos Islands is a non-negotiable for nature lovers. Our Galapagos Wildlife Adventure will introduce you to giant tortoises, sea lions and more, while every cruise includes expert naturalists to 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.

Join our Ecuador Adventure and get to know the Andean highlands in style, travelling through biodiversity hotspots including the Mashpi Rainforest and its magical luxury lodge. Journey to small towns like Cuenca and Banos, known for their wealth of adventurous activities and stunning scenery, and uncover the stories of the Incas and Spanish colonists while staying in unique and historic accommodations.

High-end accommodation in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Cruise the Galapagos 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.

A&K's Ecuador & Galapagos 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 Galapagos Islands and be inspired by the landscapes and creatures that helped to explain life as we know it.

When to Go

The highlands are at their best between June and September, during which you can expect clear days. The Galapagos 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.

Featured Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Journeys

Private12 days, from AU$19,235
Chile & Ecuador: Natures Wonderland

Wander through Santiago’s fascinating neighbourhoods and admire the spectacular Andes Mountain views before journeying to the north of the country for adventure in the driest desert in the world, the Atacama.

Private12 days, from AU$19,235
Group of 1812 days, from AU$19,750
special offer
Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Perfectly paired, neighbouring countries Ecuador and Peru present a fascinating combination of experiences.

Group12 days, from AU$19,750
Private8 days, Call for a quote
Explore the Galapagos Islands

Discover the earthy mecca where the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution still flies, waddles and crawls freely.

Private8 days, Call for a quote
Group of 449 days, from AU$16,150
special offer
Galápagos Holiday Adventure - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Cruise the Galápagos on this A&K-exclusive holiday departure, disembarking to explore pristine island beaches, iconic birdlife and a stunning marine world by kayak and snorkel.

Group9 days, from AU$16,150

Featured Accommodation

Air New Zealand

Discover a better way to fly to South America with Air New Zealand and experience award winning Kiwi hospitality.

Casa Gangotena

Located in the heart of Old Quito, close to several churches, museums and historical buildings, Casa Gangotena is a delightful boutique hotel overlooking the Plaza San Francisco.

La Pinta

An ideal choice for travellers looking for a sophisticated, upscale experience of the Galapagos Islands.

Related Brochures