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

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.

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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.

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Galapagos Cruises, Tours and Travel

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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

Ecuador From the Beginning

Posted on Mon, 08 May 2017

From the earliest traces of ancient civilizations through to Spanish conquest and modern times, we explore the history of Ecuador through the ages, to discover all the forces, struggles and achievements which have shaped this most enticing South American nation. Ancient Ecuador The country we now call Ecuador was home to the oldest civilizations which lived in the Americas. Anthropologists …

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Things to do in 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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Things to do in 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 Things to 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 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic trip 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
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ecuador overall Interesting - more developed than we expected - people very friendly - no hassling - very clean - food reasonable but a bit bland - offers a good variety of experiences
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The excellence of Ecuador The trip surpassed our expectations, our guide was fantastic, we thoroughly enjoyed each destination.
Date published: 2015-05-09
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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/