Ecuador & Galapagos holidays

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Discover vibrant cities and unspoilt islands

Ecuador and the Galapagos may be one of South America’s smallest countries, but what it lacks in square miles it more than makes up for in beautiful landscapes, colonial cities, ingenious cultures and of course wildlife. Straddling the equator – for which the country is named – the mainland made up of Amazonian rainforest, mountainous highlands dotted with vibrant Andean villages and towns and tropical coastal plains, while sitting 620 miles off the coast are the famed Galapagos Islands where the wildlife will hardly bat an eyelid at your presence.

Popular Regions in Ecuador & Galapagos

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT -5 hours

Capital:

•   Ecuador: Quito
•   Galapagos: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Currency:

The US dollar (USD)

Flying time to destination:

16½ hours

More facts

When to visit

Jan

Recommended

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Feb

Recommended

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Mar

Recommended

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Apr

Recommended

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May

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jun

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jul

Recommended

Good time to escape

Aug

Recommended

Good time to escape

Sep

Recommended

Good time to escape

Oct

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Nov

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Dec

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Further climate information

Kuoni Insider

For me Ecuador is a country that has so much to offer - culture, history, landscape and wildlife. It incorporates all of South America in one place. I was amazed by the Galapagos Islands. All the animals are so fearless and this is what makes the Galapagos so special.

Sarah Gatt

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