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 is 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.

We're pleased to offer any Kuoni customers travelling to the Galapagos a six-month complimentary membership of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. As part of your membership you'll receive a responsible travel guide, their biannual magazine filled with news from the Islands, invitations to exclusive events and information on GCT’s conservation work and appeals. To redeem your membership, speak to your Personal Travel Expert.

  • The small, historic Andean town of Otavalo is where you will find one of South America’s most famous handicraft markets
  • Some of the finest examples of colonial settlements can be found in the UNESCO-listed cities of Quito and Cuenca
  • The Galapagos Islands offer dramatic volcanic landscapes and an abundance of endemic wildlife
  • The Andean highland cloud forests are home to over over 500 species of birds
  • Occupying almost half of mainland Ecuador the Amazon Rainforest are an adventurer’s dream

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 Ecuador & Galapagos

Jan

Recommended

Good time to escape

Feb

Recommended

Good time to escape

Mar

Recommended

Good time to escape

Apr

Recommended

Good time to escape

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

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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