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From snow-capped mountains to Amazon Rivers, a vacation in Ecuador will immerse you in a breathtaking array of landscapes
From snow-capped mountains to Amazon Rivers, there are few other countries that could lay claim to such an impressive array of landscapes.
The beautifully-preserved cities of Quito and Cuenca recall Ecuador’s Spanish heritage, with their 17th-century cathedrals and monasteries. Yet travel deeper into the Andes and you’ll find yourself in a world of pre-Colombian traditions and indigenous heritage; a far cry from the colonial legacy but just as enduring.
And Ecuador’s landscapes? The tropical Amazon Rainforest, an ecosystem like no other; pristine highlands with snowfall all year round; the Galapagos Islands, with volcanic peaks and abundant biodiversity. This is nature’s wildest frontier, and we invite you to discover it.
What's the weather like in Ecuador?
Lying on the equator, Ecuador enjoys 12 hours of sunlight a day all year round. The coast tends to be warmer than the mountain regions, but the average summer temperature is 76F (26C), while winter temperatures average at 73F (23C).
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language of Ecuador?
What's the currency in Ecuador?
United States Dollar
Ecuador’s timezone is GMT-5
Top three activities
1. Ride through mountains on horseback
2. Trek the Amazon Basin with a wildlife expert
3. Snorkel alongside marine wildlife in the Galapagos archipelago
Top five dishes to try
1. Encebollado fish stew
2. Caldo de Gallina: a creole chicken soup
3. Cuy: roasted guinea pig
4. Churrasco: grilled steak served with fried egg
5. Seco: stewed meat served with plantain
Top places to visit in Ecuador
Ecuador’s capital city is built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city. Its well-preserved colonial center is rich with 16th and 17th-century buildings that blend together European, Moorish and indigenous influences. Head into Old Town to feast on traditional Ecuadorian food.
Guayaquil is the second largest city in Ecuador and the country’s main port. This sprawling city has a growing arts scene and lively nightlife. Take a trip to the riverfront town square to really experience the heart of this expanding city.
This ‘cinnamon capital’ with its colonial history is also the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. From a base here you can explore the jungle at night or hop on to one of the many expert tours during the day, but don’t overlook the city itself. The fast-flowing surrounding rivers also attract plenty of white-water rafters.
This city is located in southern Ecuador’s Andes mountains known for its Tomebaba ruins. It still has a Historic Walled Town with steep cobbled streets and medieval castle ruins. Head into the central plaza to visit the blue-domed Catedral Nueva and the 16th-century Catedral Vieja, now a religious museum.
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