Ecuador Tours

Ecuador is rich in natural beauty and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the city of Quito, the Galapagos Islands, the historic centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca and Sangay National Park. From mangrove coastlines to sweeping beaches lining the Pacific coast to cloud forest and to some of the highest peaks in the South American Andes, Ecuador travel will captivate you with diverse scenery and a fascinating and colourful culture. Travel Ecuador to discover Quito, the urban jewel of the mainland with its wonderful colonial architecture and its stunning setting amidst the Andean Mountains. Beyond Quito, the Ecuadorian landscape unfolds to reveal Quichua-speaking villages in the shadow of snow-capped volcanoes, the communities retaining many of their traditional customs. Ecuador travel can also take you to the eastern part of the country to the Amazon rainforest area, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and where shamans in remote settlements still rely on traditional medicines. 
 
Despite its small size, Ecuador overflows with highlights that range from historic colonial centres to Andean villages renowned for their lively markets and colourful textiles, to awe-inspiring scenery and an array of fascinating wildlife. Take an Ecuador tour to discover the wonders for yourself.

We visited the Amazon and the Galapagos- both were interesting locations. Our accommodation and food were excellent and we found our guides to be knowledgeable and helpful - robynw58

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Insider’s Guide to Quito

Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2017

As a convenient starting point for all Ecuadorian adventures, Quito welcomes visitors all year round. Yet there are many reasons why this gorgeous capital should be on your must-see list. Following is your Insider’s Guide to Quito, to help you discover an amazing capital that offers more than just mere convenience. Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, would have to …

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Your Insider’s Guide to Cuenca, Ecuador

Posted on Wed, 25 Jan 2017

Cuenca is one of the most beautiful cities in all of South America and one of Ecuador’s most treasured highlights. With its UNESCO-listed colonial quarter, jam-packed full of stunning architectural gems dating back almost 500 years, Cuenca is that perfect embodiment of all that Latin America does best. At the heart lies a vibrant core, full of historic charm and …

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The Unusual Origin of The Panama Hat

Posted on Mon, 07 Nov 2016

These practical, stylish and downright legendary hats have a rather mysterious origin. Proudly worn by celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Jessica Alba and Cameron Diaz, and placed atop regal heads such as Edward VII and President Theodor Roosevelt. There is absolutely no doubt this is one of the most famous hats in history. However, despite its name, the Panama Hat …

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Ecuador – 5 Must Do!

Posted on Sat, 01 Oct 2016

What makes Ecuador such a phenomenal travel destination is the fact that within this relatively small country you’ll find a plethora of different natural, historical and cultural attractions? The mighty Andes, the magnificent Amazon, UNESCO-listed treasures and more wildlife and wilderness than you can imagine. Even just a two-week jaunt through Ecuador can gift you an array of unforgettable moments, …

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Ecuador Earthquake Appeal: How can we help?

Posted on Tue, 19 Apr 2016

An open letter from the founders of Chimu Adventures: We are deeply saddened to hear about the recent events in Ecuador. The earthquake has so far claimed over 360 lives and seriously affected infrastructure on the coastal areas of Ecuador. No Chimu passengers were affected by the earthquake, which we are so very thankful for. As a country, this will …

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Ecuador Food: 5 things you must try!

Posted on Mon, 11 Apr 2016

One thing that I cannot forget from my Ecuador trip is the food. The food was unbelievably delicious to say the least. From adding popcorn in your potato soup to trying giant worms in the Amazon, Ecuador was one mouthwatering adventure (maybe not the worms as much). The following is a list of foods you should definitely try, not in …

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THE AMAZON: My Number One Family Holiday Destination

Posted on Fri, 01 Apr 2016

I admit, I’m not a flop and drop kind of traveller, I like to ride the road less travelled and I go out of my way to avoid tourist traps, I don’t mind a long bus ride or a sleepless night to get to the far reaches of this planets most incredible locations and since my kids were big enough …

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Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador – Part 2

Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015

One of the many fantastic initiatives at Mashpi is The Life Centre, a place conceived for the study of butterflies.

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Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador – Part 1

Posted on Thu, 09 Apr 2015

The Mashpi Lodge sits high up on the western slope of the Ecuadorian Andes, 110km north-west of Quito, in the Chocó rainforest to be exact.

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Ecuador Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from the trip was truly lovely we had a little hiccup on our tour of Galapagos, we chose to go to Santiago and from there were supposed to go to Galapagos via Quito, however there was a mixup and we were not booked to Quito and had to find our own accommodation in Guayaquil at 11pm at night and then book our own accommodation at Guayaquil on the return trip, so it was an anxious couple of hours to find out that the rest of the party were travelling to Guayaquil the next morning to go to Baltra, we missed out on our accommodation at the Hilton in Quito and did not get all the necessary information with regards to tipping, US dollars and non availability of credit cards, but otherwise the trip was great.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from See Ecuador and touch the sky Our trip was a 7 night road trip from Quito to Quyaquil following the Avenue of Volcanoes. Right from the first moment we felt at home. Our guide/driver, Jorge Castillo was a delight. He drove well, his English was excellent and he was extremely informative. He went out of his way to make sure everything ran smoothy. His sister Gina stood in for him on day 2, sightseeing in Quito and was just as good. Apart from Mama Hilda's all the accommodation chosen was excellent with wonderful traditional and colorful overtones. The scenery was spectacular and the local people with their brilliant colors and traditional hats charmed us. There was no one item that I could pin point as the highlight of the trip as everything was so exciting, beautiful and new. Regrets ... yes, only one ... we should have booked more days!
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond expectations We went to the Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge at Tandiyapa and the Galapagos and both were amazing. Bellavista had brilliant wildlife guides and hummingbirds in particular in the wild and coming in to bird feeder stations. A bird-lover's wonderland. Galapagos, 7 nights aboard Estrella Del Mar was a great way to see a number of very different islands. Get an upstairs cabin - so worth the extra for the views, the fresh air and the extra size. Take your camera and extra batteries and cards!
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Amazing Galapagos Islands We recently completed a cruise around the Eastern & Southern Islands of the Galapagos Islands. We booked through CHIMU and the tour provider was G-Adventures. Our ship was Queen of the Galapagos, with a total of 22 passengers and 11 crew. Our CEO and Naturalist was Omar Medina. Omar was a wonderful CEO who speaks fantastic English and has an extensive knowledge about the history and geography of the Galapagos Islands. The ship was modern, clean and comfortable and the rooms were spacious and air conditioned. The meals were beautifully prepared and presented with a range of items on the menu. Our tour included snorkelling, hiking, swimming, cultural, historical and educational presentations. We saw many of the local wildlife including Galapagos Tortoises, sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, rays and iguana. This was an amazing trip and highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quito, Sacha Lodge, Galapagod cruise We saw and did so much. All the excursions went smoothly and we were well taken care of. No hitches with being met or the transfers. The Galapagos Is surpassed expectations - saw so many animals and amazing countryside. Definitely a place not to be missed. The boat (Estrella) was more basic than expected but the crew were fantastic.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing experience Mashpi Lodge A brilliant 3 days from Quito to Quito. The wildlife and the way that our 2 guides Fernando and Franklin looked after the 4 of us was excellent. The location and food were out of this world.The hummingbirds,butterflies, frogs and lots of other animals was amazing and the supply of wellington boots and ponchos excellent.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent guide in Gina We did the Cotapaxi National Park and Quito city day tours with our exceptional guide who was able to tell us heaps about the people, the places we visited and life in general living in Ecuador. Though we didn't have much time at some places I felt I got a good feel of the place and would go back again.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ecuador - Lots of Contrasts Ecuador contains lots of contrasts from the tropical Amazonia region to the highlands with altitudes over 4000 metres and snow capped volcanoes, to the Galapagos with its arid islands and amazing wildlife.
Date published: 2016-07-30
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Geography of Ecuador

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016

Despite its relatively small size, Ecuador has a varied and interesting geography with a range of natural formations. These range from the plains of the Amazon Basin to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and even a patch of desert-like coast in the south. Volcanoes are scattered across the country but the most well-known volcanoes are the active Cotopaxi Volcano, …

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Ecuadorian Cuisine

Posted on Sun, 30 Oct 2016

Ecuadorian cuisine is diverse and regional. The potato plays an important role in many Ecuadorian dishes, especially in the Andes and there are over 200 varieties of potato found in Ecuador. In the mountainous areas, meat (beef, pork, chicken and guinea pig) is served with rice, corn and potatoes. In the southern mountainous regions, a typical dish is a soup …

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Tourism and Sustainability in Ecuador

Posted on Wed, 26 Oct 2016

Tourism is a fast growing industry and is a major source of income. However, tourism can also be the cause of issues such as the loss of cultural heritage or ecological degradation. Learning about the impacts of tourism and being aware of the consequences has led many people to act more responsibly at their holiday destination. Sustainability in tourism is …

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Climate in Ecuador: Two Main Seasons

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016

Ecuador has two main seasons – the rainy season and the dry season – but this varies greatly due to factors such as altitude and proximity to the equator. Even during the rainy season, most days are sunny until the afternoon which makes Ecuador a perfect holiday destination. Ecuador lies directly on the equator, with the entire country experiencing 12 hours …

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Cultures and Customs of Ecuador

Posted on Sun, 16 Oct 2016

Ecuador is a multicultural, multi-ethnic nation with one of the largest indigenous cultures in South America. The ‘Mestizos’ (descendants of Spanish Colonists and indigenous people), account for nearly 70% of the population with indigenous groups accounting for around 10% and Afro-Ecuadorians (descendants of black slaves) accounting for another 7%. Indigenous population Ecuadorian culture has distinct roots in its rich and …

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Wildlife in Ecuador

Posted on Fri, 07 Oct 2016

Ecuador has a vast biodiversity and is in fact one of the most  wildlife rich countries in the world, due mainly to its range of different habitats. From the high Andean mountains to the low-lying tropical rainforests and the coastal plains, the differing terrains support a multitude of ecosystems that support an incredible array of wildlife. The country has been …

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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Ecuador?

The unit of currency in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands is the United States Dollar (USD).

Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

What language do they speak in Ecuador?

 Spanish is the official language of Ecuador but 13 Indigenous languages are spoken, the principal ones being Quichua in the Andes and Amazon and Jivaroan in the Amazon.

Ecuador is in fact one of the best places in Latin America to learn Spanish as Ecuadorian Spanish is spoken slowly and clearly.

What wildlife will I see in Ecuador?

The wildlife that you will see will depend on where your Ecuador travel takes you. Ecuador has a vast biodiversity that includes over 300 mammal species, 1,500 bird species and a huge array of reptiles and amphibians. The Galapagos Islands are home to many endemic species of birds and animals found nowhere else in the world and some only found on specific islands. 

What is the best time to travel to Ecuador?

The best time to visit Ecuador will depend on the places that you plan to visit and the activities that you plan to include on your Ecuador travel. The highlands are best visited between June and September if your Ecuador tour includes hiking in the Andes; the Amazon is a year-round destination with the wet and dry seasons offering different experiences; the coast is best visited between January and May and the peak season for the Galapagos Islands is December to June.

Is it safe to travel to Ecuador?

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Violent crime is rare in Ecuador.
 
To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 
 
  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Ecuador or the Galapagos for the following countries:
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa
For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

How much should I budget for daily in Ecuador?

Our Ecuador tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 25-30 USD per day per person. 

Do I need to get vaccinations fpr Ecuador tours?

No specific vaccinations are required for Ecuador travel, unless you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever, in which case proof of yellow fever vaccination is required. We do, however, recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. 
 
As a general guide we recommend the following:
 
  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Yellow Fever - Especially for jungle areas
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies (minimal risk)
  • Tetanus
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need in Ecuador?

In Ecuador the standard voltage is 120/127V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A and B.
Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/