Otavalo market, Ecuador

Where to visit in Ecuador

More than just the gateway to the Galapagos, Ecuador has plenty of options of its own to attract visitors; Andean highlands, charming cities, cloudforest, mountains and volcanoes. We tailor-make all our holidays, so let us talk with you about the best places to go in Ecuador taking into account your interests and who you’re travelling with.

We loved that this fairly small country had so much variety. We went from the Andes to the rainforest and then ended in the Galapagos! An incredible holiday.

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Places to go in Ecuador

Read about the highlights of this incredible country in our short summary guides to the main places to go.

Chestnut-mandibled toucan, Amazon, Ecuador © Shutterstock

Ecuadorian Amazon

The largest and most famous remaining tropical rainforest on earth harbours a vast diversity of flora and fauna and is one of nature’s treasures.

Cloud forest in Ecuador © GOlsson,Shutterstock

Ecuador’s Cloudforest

The cloud forest has an atmosphere all its own, misty and humid with gnarled trees, colourful blooms, waterfalls and hundreds of species of birds.

Vacquero on horseback in Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador © SMedia,Shutterstock

Cotopaxi and Avenue of the Volcanoes

Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, is part of the famous avenue of volcanoes in Ecuador’s rural heartland, ideal terrain for hiking and horse riding.

Cuenca, Ecuador © Shutterstock

Cuenca and the Southern Highlands

The history and culture of the city of Cuenca combine with the natural beauty of Cajas National Park and the intriguing Inca ruins at Ingapirca.

Blue-footed booby, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador © Shutterstock

Galapagos Islands

Surely one of the best wildlife destinations in the world, where you can see unique species and walk among creatures unafraid of humans.

Guayaquil city, Ecuador © AFalcony,Shutterstock

Guayaquil and the Coast

Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and a busy port. It is a convenient stop en-route to and from the Galapagos Islands and has plenty of recreation options.

Otavalo crafts market, Ecuador © PatrickWheeler

Otavalo and the Northern Highlands

Otavalo’s market includes Andean handicrafts, while highland haciendas offer characterful accommodation plus outdoor activities and village visits.

Plaza de San Francisco in old town Quito, Ecuador © f11,Shutterstock

Quito

Ecuador’s capital has a lot going for it, grand colonial churches, expansive plazas, mountain views and easy access to the equator.

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