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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 trip 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.

Things to do in Ecuador

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.

Introduction

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.

Galapagos Island

Ecuador vacations should feature trips to the Galapagos Islands, home to marine iguanas as well as sea lions and tortoises.

Jatun Yacu River

Journey to the Jatun Yacu River outside the town of Otavalo and marvel at the breathtaking Peguche Waterfall.

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.

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,

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.

Chimborazo

Climb the challenging 20,500-foot Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain.

Ecuadorian Andes

Bathe in Baños’ famous mineral hot springs located in the Ecuadorian Andes.

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.

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.

El Rancho

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.

Quito’s El Aguijon

Dance the night away at Quito’s El Aguijon music and dance bar, which regularly plays salsa, reggae, and ska.

Cuenca

Visit Used Books in Cuenca, a delightful used book shop carrying English-language literature.

Top Rated Hotels for your Ecuador Vacation

Wyndham Guayaquil
Wyndham Guayaquil
4.5 out of 5.0 Calle Numa Pompilio Llona S N, Ciudad del Rio - Puerto Santa Ana, Guayaquil, Guayas
Free Cancellation
$85
4.7/5 (27 reviews)

Very nice of them to hold a bag of ours for a week. Good transfers to/from airport.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020
Guests staying at Wyndham Guayaquil enjoy an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. Onsite parking is available, both free self and paid valet parking (USD ...
Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Hilton Colon Guayaquil
4.5 out of 5.0 Av Francisco de Orellana Mz 111, Guayaquil, Guayas
Free Cancellation
$84
3.9/5 (20 reviews)

The one thing that was annoying was not being able to get to certain floors as we were there for a wedding and our party was located ion different floor.

Reviewed on May 5, 2019
At Hilton Colon Guayaquil, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're ...
Hilton Colon Quito
Hilton Colon Quito
4.5 out of 5.0 Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1, Quito, Pichincha
Free Cancellation
$82
4.2/5 (15 reviews)

I liked the place and the fact that it was clean but we arrived a few hours earlier and the staff member who eventually checked us in was not helpful, she was very dismissive. Other than that, good place and good location.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2019
Guests of Hilton Colon Quito enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. There's limited parking, and an airport shuttle (available ...