Your Ecuador vacation
Named for its location along the equator, Ecuador is one of the hottest places in the world-and that's not just because of the temperature. Its hot climate welcomes travelers from around the globe to enjoy its vibrant cities, gorgeous terrain, incredible outdoor sports attractions and the Galapagos Islands, one of the most mysterious, bio-diverse places on the planet. So dig in. It's time to enjoy your Ecuador travel.
Best time to take a vacation to Ecuador
Best Time to Go
Ecuador is hot and humid throughout the year. Vacationers in Ecuador seeking swimming should visit in February when Pacific waters off the coast are exceptionally warm, from 23°C to 24°C. Ecuador travel increases between the months of December and January, as well as June and August, making hotel and cruise prices increase during this time. Ecuador weather cools down significantly, to around 18°C, between the months of May to July, an ideal time for hiking and biking. The Ecuadorian Andes are infamous for being sweltering in the afternoons and remarkably chilly at night, while the rainforests maintain high humidity year round.
Insider tips for Ecuador travel
Turtle’s Head Bar in Quito
Spend your evening at Turtle’s Head Bar in Quito, where delicious German beer and sausages blend well over games of pool.
Quito’s El Aguijon
Dance the night away at Quito’s El Aguijon music and dance bar, which regularly plays salsa, reggae, and ska.
Mea Culpa Restaurant
Dine at the celebrated Mea Culpa Restaurant in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, serving delicious stone crab and boasting a great view of the plaza.
Visit Used Books in Cuenca, a delightful used book shop carrying English-language literature.
Stay at the unique El Rancho, an indigenous family-run home outside Otavalo with a view of the Cotacachi volcano and freshly prepared traditional food from the garden.
Ecuador Vacation Packages
Hotel oro verde at manta is strategically located in the business commerce and recreation centre of manta city at 15 minutes of the airport with an incredible ocean view and for your complete and pleasant relax our facilities- located near the main shopping areas malls... More
Hotel Barcelo Colon Miramar, located right on the Beach in Salinas, Ecuador, 144 kms from Guayaquil city and the airport. An ideal location for families, fishing enthusiast, water sports and relaxing, first rate spa treatments, an All Inclusive property.This hotel is one... More
Check into Hotel Palace Guayaquil to find the elegance and sophistication of a world-class hotel blended with the comfort and warmth of home. At this luxurious destination perfectly situated in the bustling Guayaquil Ecuador city center, their gracious staff awaits to... More
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Experience unmatched elegance at the JW Marriott Quito Hotel in Ecuador, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and Andean mountains. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel in Quito, Ecuador features an amazing atrium lobby where you can enjoy a martini or espresso... More
Hotel Los Balcones gives you a warm welcome. Here guests will find comfort, security, comfort and exclusivity. The hotel offers a bilingual staff that is always willing to accommodate each need. Guest rooms are designed with comfort as well as safety. More
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Whether you're in Guayaquil, Ecuador for business or leisure, you'll feel at home at the Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil. Our modern Guayaquil hotel on Avenida Francisco de Orellana, five minutes from the airport and top local businesses, features 144 spacious guest rooms... More
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Welcome to Hilton Colon Quito. Set in La Mariscal district, on Quito’s bustling Avenida Amazonas, this central hotel in Quito, Ecuador puts you at the heart of the city’s action. Hilton Colon Quito is within walking distance of Quito’s Spanish Colonial old town, a UNESCO... More
Oro Verde Hotel Cuenca. Built in harmony with the architecture of the city which was elected as the world cultural heritage site and the majestic andean landscape. Only five minutes from the historic town center. Situated overlooking the river Tomebamba. Waiting for you... More
The 112 room Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil offers first class amenities- full-service International Restaurant - Terrace Bar - Lobby Bar - fitness center and spa - pool - Ecorner - 2700 square feet of meeting space - business center - 24-hour room service - and 24-hour... More
Hotels offers 5 conference rooms and a little GYM on top of its services. This is a traditional Hotel with a warm feeling and cosy but elegant rooms. Its excellent position and very good service make this Hotel a great choice for all type of travellers. The hotel is a... More
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Travel to Ecuador includes the cities
Capital Quito is situated high in the mountains, with incredible views of the snow-capped Andes towering around the city. Quito is a colonial city that holds on to its past while bursting forward into the future. Look out for the statue of the Virgin Mary sitting high atop El Panecillo; roam Parque Metropolitano Guanguiltagua, the largest urban park on the continent; stop by the Quito Observatory in the center of La Alameda; stroll Calle de la Ronda in the Old Town. Be sure to visit Plaza de la Independencia, an area rich with culture, history and religion. Travel to Ecuador would be incomplete with a trip to Guayaquil, its largest city. A seaport with an active volcano, it boasts a Caribbean feel where island music and seafood are bountiful.
The Galapagos Islands: bio-diversity and mystery abound
Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands and marveled at the rich diversity of its flora and fauna. Sitting about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, travel to the Galapagos can be done via boat or plane. There are 19 main islands, made up of volcanic rock and playing home to dozens of native animals, plants, reptiles and bird life. Vist Española to see the Waved Albatross. Fly into San Cristobal Island from the mainland and see varied species including sea lions, giant tortoises, red-footed boobies, dolphins and iguanas. You can take a cruise or catamaran to the islands, but plan on spending many days exploring this diverse, beautiful place.
Jatun Yacu River
Journey to the Jatun Yacu River outside the town of Otavalo and marvel at the breathtaking Peguche Waterfall.
Enjoy kayaking, rafting, and canopy climbing in the one-of-a-kind jungle town of Puyo.
Andian Town of Mindo
Visit the small Andean town of Mindo, where visitors can stroll through orchid and hummingbird gardens, taste fresh artisan-brewed beer, and join the Tours de Fotographia for a photographic tour of the surrounding cloud forest.
Climb the challenging 20,500-foot Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain.
Bathe in Baños’ famous mineral hot springs located in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
Explore the grounds of Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, including the Ethnographic Museum, Quitsato Sundial, and Intiñan Solar Museum.
Quito's Botanical Garden
Discover Ecuador’s lush foliage at Quito’s Botanical Gardens, boasting a myriad of tropical orchids, bromeliad, and simulated cloud-forest ecosystems.
Las Palmas Forest
Rent a mountain bike, hike mountains, or take a 3-day-trip on horseback through Las Palmas forest reserve in the peaceful town of Vilcabamba,
Ecuador vacations should feature trips to the Galapagos Islands, home to marine iguanas as well as sea lions and tortoises.
Located on the northern Pacific Coast of South America, Ecuador is perched against the Andes Mountains, digs its heels into the warm waters of the Galapagos Islands, and rests against the Amazon Rainforest. Visitors on Ecuador vacations will no doubt enjoy the blend of contemporary and historical culture flourishing throughout the country’s capital, Quito, world-renowned for its picturesque architecture and attractions. Ecuador travel equals variety: visitors can shop for artisan crafts at open-air markets or explore the Andes Mountains and its surrounding lush rainforests, as well as tiny towns hidden in the jungle and ancient waterfalls and lagoons.