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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
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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, …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
One of the many fantastic initiatives at Mashpi is The Life Centre, a place conceived for the study of butterflies.READ MORE
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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, …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
The unit of currency in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands is the United States Dollar (USD).
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.
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.
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.
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.