This small, ecologically and culturally diverse country is easily accessible to travelers from the U.S. Renown for the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador has three other distinct regions—the Andean, the Pacific Coastal and Amazonian regions—all easily visited in one trip. Whether you prefer an active vacation, cultural immersion or surrounding yourself with wildlife and nature, Ecuador has something for every traveler.
When to go: Ecuador is considered a year round destination, with no real seasons other than rainy or dry. One of the biggest factors in determining climate for a given region is altitude. Visitors enjoy 12 hour days all year long.
A once in a lifetime destination, the Galápagos Islands are stunning year round. Most visitors access the islands by boat, but island-based itineraries are also possible. Imagine yourself pondering the endemic iguanas, tortoises and finches just like Darwin did, or snorkeling with playful sea lions in pristine waters, where the visibility is excellent and you can see a huge variety of marine life.
Warm waters favor the coastal region of Ecuador nearly year-round due to the El Nino effect. Travelers can surf, snorkel, dive, parasail or just relax and enjoy the view. Explore the mangroves, sample the local seafood or visit a working hacienda.
To the northwest of Quito in Mindo, travelers can experience the Ecuadorian cloud forest, a region of great biodiversity. Anyone who has interest in bird-watching or native plants is well rewarded by a visit to one of several cloud forest lodges.
We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to The Charles Darwin Research Station, whose work is focused on the conservation of the habitat and unique wildlife of the Galapágos Islands. You can learn more about our commitment to responsible travel in our Responsibility Pledge.