Ecuador Tours

Why visit? Ecuador might be relatively small in size compared to some of its neighbours but when it comes to diversity, it is nothing short of drawcards, boasting an incredible plethora of geographical, cultural and biological wonders.
 
From the snow-capped peaks of the mighty Andes, to the remote waters of the magnificent Amazon, awe-inspiring volcanoes, luscious rainforests brimming with endemic wildlife, indigenous villages reflecting the country’s endearing culture and endless stretches of beautiful beaches, an Ecuador tour really is a once in a lifetime adventure. 
 
Usually, Australians start their Ecuador tour in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, an exciting city that impresses not only with its lively vibe, bustling streets and ancient buildings but, being nestled amidst the Andean mountains, it also enjoys the most stunning of settings a city could ask for. The city is bursting with architectural gems and is one of the best preserved historical centres in all of Latin America.
 
For an exploration of Ecuador’s famous biodiversity, visitors will be spoilt for choice with the huge amount of nature reserves, forests, mangrove coastlines and beaches covering the country’s mainland.
 
In the east, Coca is the gateway for tours of the Amazon rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Wildlife spotting at its most impressive is offered on an Amazon Tour where you can set off on canoe rides along the remote waters and rivers, hike through the thick forest as rich in flora and fauna as no other place on earth.
 
In the west, off the coast, a Galapagos Islands Cruise & Tour is a highlight of any visit to Latin America. Set against the backdrops of spectacular landscapes that range from volcanic peaks to ancient lava fields, the Galapagos Islands are one of nature’s most impressive wonders boasting some of the famous wildlife species unique to Galapagos such as the giant tortoise, marine iguanas and Darwin’s finches. 
 
How to get there? Being in the north west of South America, it is almost as easy to get to Ecuador from Los Angeles as it is from Santiago, Chile. Which route you take is probably more likely to be determined by what you’d like to do en route - Patagonia or Peru, go via Santiago, Mexico or the US, go via LA. QANTAS actually offer a split fare into or out of LA, returning via Santiago – for those who want to do a loop.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Ecuador and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us: You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.
 
#Livefortoday and book your Ecuador tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you. 
 

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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Featured Ecuador Trips & Deals

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Travel around the western islands including Floreana, Isabela, Santiago and many more. Enjoy the beauty & abundant wildlife of the Galapagos.

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Enjoy this 4 day itinerary in Quito, Ecuador's capital. Explore the scenic, colonial and artistic sides of Quito. 

Ecuador Tours

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Enjoy a luxurious 5-day stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp, an authentic inland experience with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park.

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Join this exceptional trip through different times and spaces of Ecuadorian history aboard Tren Crucero, the most stunning vintage transportation.

3 NIGHTS From 1,660

This 4-day journey takes you into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin.

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This Ecuadorian adventure will take you from vibrant city of Quito, past the ancient archeological ruins of Tulipe and into the dense tropical rainforest.

3 NIGHTS From 4,350

The new mega-catamaran Ocean Spray offers the best performance and comfort in Galapagos cruising. 

4 NIGHTS From 1,255

Start your adventure in vibrant Quito before taking in the colourful markets of Otavalo. Pass by snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and beautiful lakes.

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The Sacha Lodge is the perfect base to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle from - designed to offer comfort to the traveller yet preserve the environment.

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After 7 nights cruising the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita travelling between the central, southern and eastern island, you won’t want to leave.

Articles On Ecuador

Cruise Antarctica – Top 5 Items You Shouldn’t Forget to Pack

Posted on Fri, 18 May 2018

Buck the trend and pack like a professional: discover the 5 items people always forget to take to an Antarctica expedition. Packing for an Antarctica expedition is both exciting and exasperating yet with the sheer amount of packing guides out there (including our own comprehensive Antarctica packing guide) you should get a fairly good idea of what will be useful …

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Press release: Visit the most remote destination on the planet on a Chimu cruise to East Antarctica

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Sydney, Tuesday 15 May 2018 Following the adventure of their 2017 voyage which saw travellers sail 4025,1 nautical miles; identify eight species of penguins; spot thirteen mammal breeds; experience air temperatures of -6 Celsius and cross the Antarctic Circle no less than six times, polar specialists Chimu Adventures invite those who want the ultimate Antarctica experience to get involved in …

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What Not to Pack When Travelling to South America 

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Whether you’re planning a wildlife-watching trip to the Pantanal, a rumble in the jungle of the Amazon, an expedition to the frigid ends of Antarctica, multi-day hike to Machu Picchu or, perhaps, a luxury cruise to the Galapagos, chances are one of the first things you’ll be researching is a comprehensive packing list. Now, before we even know where in South America you’re planning to go, we guarantee that you’ll pack …

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Best Things To Do in South and Central America – JUNE Guide

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

June marks the start of winter in most of Latin America and this month offers the most varied array of attractions and highlights. A month where you can really do it all: ski in the south, hike in the centre and snorkel in the north! And although this is also the start of the high tourist season in the continent, …

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The Arctic’s Inuit Culture

Posted on Mon, 14 May 2018

Shaped and influenced by the forbidding landscapes they’ve inhabited for thousands of years, the Inuit culture of the Arctic region is one of the most fascinating on the planet. Hardy, resilient, mysterious and immensely ingenious, the Inuits of the northernmost regions of the Americas, Europe and Russia have not only survived on some of our planet’s harshest environments but indeed …

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Quito International Airport Guide

Posted on Tue, 08 May 2018

Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (code UIO), Ecuador’s premier aviation hub, connects passengers to all corners of the continent as well as a select number of destinations outside of South America, namely Amsterdam, New York City, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Madrid, Miami and Dallas. Only 15kms from the centre of Quito as the crow flies, this relatively new facility was built …

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A typical day in Antarctica

Posted on Fri, 04 May 2018

There is really no such thing as a typical day in Antarctica. Individual landing locations are different every time due to weather, ice, currents or light conditions. The time in the season will affect many of these items as will it affect what is happening with the wildlife. In addition, every ship has different configurations, rules and structures. For example …

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Enjoying Brazil without internal flights

Posted on Thu, 03 May 2018

Ahh Rio, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (that’s “Marvellous City” for those that don’t speak Portuguese). Famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, relaxed lifestyle and awe-inspiring natural beauty, it’s no wonder it receives more tourists than any other part of Brazil. If you’re thinking of going to Rio, we say stop thinking and DO IT. But whilst you’re planning your trip, we …

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Fascinating Facts to Help You Celebrate Earth Day 2018

Posted on Sat, 21 Apr 2018

April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of modern environmentalism on this wonderful planet of ours. The brainchild of a US Senator who had witnessed the horrendous consequences of an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, the Earth Day movement has grown from strength to strength over the last five decades. What started as a relatively small-scale attempt …

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Press release: Chimu’s Casa Republica wins prestigious Prix Versailles award

Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Sydney, Thursday 19 April 2018 Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for …

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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 5 out of 5 by from So pleased we did it. We asked for an itinerary that included one of the lodges in Yasuni National Park, Bellavista Lodge in the Cloud Forest, the Devils Nose train ride, Cotopaxi National Park, time in Cuenca and Quito and the Otavalo markets. I mentioned other things that interested us. Everything was covered even the things I had just mentioned. I lot of effort was put into coordinating things for flights and we had airport pick up and drops that all worked perfectly. We had the same guide for everything other than the lodges that obviously had their own very well informed naturalists and guides. The whole thing was great. Will most definitely be using Chimu again.
Date published: 2018-04-26
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
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Discover Ecuador – when to visit all the highlights

Posted on Fri, 17 Feb 2017

Ecuador’s Seasons Ecuador doesn’t really have spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons – but rather two main seasons – the rainy season and the dry season. This varies greatly though due to factors such as altitude and proximity to the Equator, Ecuador being a country that straddles the Equator. Even during the rainy season, most days are sunny until the …

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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/