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  • Quito is a great photo opportunity on your Ecuador vacation
  • Enjoy at The Galapagos Islands
  • The Cloudforest
  • Cotopaxi Volcano is a must see on your Costa Rica tour

Ecuador is interestingly bisected by the equator. It basically consists of four geographical regions. Running through the centre of the country is La Sierra or Highlands which includes the Andean mountain range and most tourist destinations on an Ecuador vacation. On the Pacific Ocean is La Costa or Coastal Plain with its tropical climate.

To the east is La Amazonia or the Amazon consisting of tropical rainforest. Then, of course, located 1000 kilometres/620 miles off the coast of Ecuador are the renowned Galapagos Islands. The country was once populated by the Inca civilization of which much of its culture can still be seen.

What are the top cities to visit?

The capital, Quito, the second highest capital after La Paz in Bolivia is situated at 2800 metres/9100 feet and is surrounded by volcanoes. It is also in certain areas, A UNESCO world heritage site. This refers mainly to the “Old Town” with its mixture of Colonial and Republican architecture, cobblestone streets and red tile roofs. On Ecuador tours, it is the oldest and best-preserved historical quarter in South America. It is also an area of craft shops, cafes and restaurants as well as many hotels.

To the north of this area is modern Quito with its contemporary infrastructure. A highlight in Quito is to take the cable car to the Pichincha Volcano rim where one can see the whole city spread out below as well as six other volcanoes.

Guayaquil is located on the Pacific coast and is a port and the commercial capital as well as the largest city. It is noted for its many parks and green spaces such as the Malecon Simon Bolivar. The area called Las Penas has a number of old colonial-style buildings.

What are the top things to see across Ecuador?

North of Quito reached by road on an Ecuador vacation is Otavalo famous for its indigenous markets as well as having cultural significance. It is here that the local Indians can be seen in their colourful, traditional dress. Every Saturday, the Mercado Artesanal takes place where one can purchase jewellery, clothing, Panama hats, wood carvings, paintings and much more. Not far from Otavalo are the Peguche Waterfalls, a place sacred to the local Indians as it has associations with old Inca legends.

Riobamba to the south in the central mountain corridor is Ecuador’s third largest city situated in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains including Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain at 6300 metres/20,500 feet. On Ecuador tours, it is from Riobamba that one can take the Devil’s Nose train ride, known as the world’s most exciting train journey as it goes high up into the mountains and descends at a very steep gradient.

Cuenca and the Andes

Cuenca, also in the central corridor is a UNESCO world heritage site with its colonial architecture. The imposing Cathedral with 3 domes built in 885, looks over the main plaza.

To the east of the country is the Amazon region of Ecuador with its bio-diverse ecosystem and home to many of the country’s indigenous population.

Located 1000 kilometres/620 miles off the coast of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands, a national park and biological marine reserve made famous by Charles Darwin who first recognized their volcanic origin, and who understood the profound im­plications of this origin for the history of life.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos consists of around 15 large islands and a number of smaller islands. The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest is still in the process of be­ing formed. The Galapagos Islands are considered to be one of the most ac­tive volcanic areas in the world. Nowadays, they are known for their unique and fearless wildlife such as giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many rare bird species. The best way to experience the islands while on Ecuador tours are to take a cruise of which there is an excellent selection to suit all tastes and budgets.

Book one of our Ecuador tours today and experience the magic for yourself.

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Sail in Nature’s Ultimate Animal Playground on a Galapagos Islands Vacation

Travel on a Scenic Ecuador Vacation by Train

The Galapagos Islands: Taking the Safari to South America

Experience an Ecuador Vacation That Goes Beyond the Galapagos Islands

Your Guide to a “Wild” Galapagos Islands Vacation

Quito – At the Heart of Ecuador Tours

An Ecuador Vacation With the Family

Ecotourism Destinations: Central and South America (Part 3)

Discovering Ecuador

Heading on a Luxury Ecuador Vacation

Choosing the Right Galapagos Islands Vacation

Highlands to Lowlands: Ecuador’s Classic Rail Journey

Treks of South America – Part 3: Colombia, Ecuador, and Antarctica

Equatorial Vortex

Ecuador’s Cloud Forest Retreat, Where Wilderness Meets Luxury

Photo Journal: Scenes of Ecuador

Suggested Viewing: The Galapagos Affair – Satan came to Eden


Ecuador Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to an Ecuador vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Ecuador, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Ecuador's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're appropriately prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Ecuador for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Ecuador tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Ecuador vacation packages, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

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  • Quito & The Galapagos Sea Star Yacht

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: The incredible landscapes of the Galapagos Islands are yours to discover aboard the wonderfully appointed Galapagos Sea Star Yacht. Ahead of your adventure on the Enchanted Isles, discover Quito, UNESCO's first World Cultural Heritage site.
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  • Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Staying on Santa Cruz Island, you’ll head on day trips to explore this magical archipelago. You’ll spot giant tortoises in the highlands, hike along volcanic beaches full of iguanas and penguins, and experience the stunning biodiversity of this island chain.
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  • Galapagos Signature: Quito & M/C Elite Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Discover the biodiverse Galapagos Islands aboard a luxury yacht. First, get acquainted with the history and food scene of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. Then fly to the Galapagos Islands for a cruise adventure through the unique volcanic environments, spotting rare wildlife and exploring otherworldly landscapes.
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  • Quito & the Ecuadorian Amazon

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the natural and cultural highlights of mainland Ecuador. Explore the colonial corridors of the capital Quito before cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon to see the world’s most famous rainforest. Back in Quito, you’ll visit nearby hot-springs and one of South America’s most colourful markets.
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  • M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise: 4 Days

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  • M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Travel down the exotic waterways of the Ecuadorian Amazon, relaxing in luxury by night while participating in a range of exhilarating and ethical activities by day. Search for red howler monkeys in the rainforest canopy, explore waterways alongside piranha and witness hundreds of parrots lick eroded clay walls.
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    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Goway's Andes to Amazon exclusive escape visits Quito, the owls of Parque Condor, indomitable Cotopaxi National Park and Banos - found in the foothills of Tungurahua volcano - before exploring the Amazon. A once-in-a-lifetime expedition, you're invited to discover the wonders of Ecuador.
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  • M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise: 5 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Sailing aboard the M/V Legend - a family-friendly, 100-passenger vessel that will take you through the Galapagos Islands - discover the unique landscapes and species that makes this region a haven for nature lovers. All aboard!
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 5 Days

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  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Combine two of South America’s (and the world’s) greatest landmarks on one itinerary! After exploring Lima, spend a few days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and tour spectacular Machu Picchu, then head to Quito and connect to the Galapagos Islands to discover fascinating landscapes and incredible wildlife.
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  • Wonders of the Galapagos & Peru

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 11-day vacation. After a brief stopover in Guayaquil, connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Later, you’re off to Peru where you'll explore the capital of Lima, the Sacred Valley and, finally, indomitable Machu Picchu.
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  • M/Y Coral I/II Galapagos Cruise: 4 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Spend 4 days on board the 36-passenger luxury yacht M/Y Coral I and enjoy the opportunity to see many of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands including Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola and Daphne.
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  • Ecuador and the Galapagos for Explorers

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover cloud forests and volcanoes, architectural and cultural treasures, and witness the wonders of the Galapagos on an expedited yachting adventure as you are welcomed to ‘Primavera Eternal’.
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  • Incredible Ecuador: Cloudforest and Cotopaxi

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See the highlights of the Ecuadorian mainland on this week-long vacation. Explore Quito, home to the best-preserved colonial centre in South America, visit the Equator, go birdwatching in the Mindo Cloud Forest, and hike the foothills of indomitable Cotopaxi Volcano.
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    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Escape to Ecuador and explore the beauty of this country from the Andes to the coast. Starting in Quito, enjoy the best of the region, including small towns and majestic volcanoes, then continue to Guayaquil, "the Pearl of the Pacific."
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  • M/C Galapagos Elite Galapagos Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: The M/C Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the waters of the enchanted islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it provides its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.
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    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This tour of Ecuador takes you to the center of the world and through some of the most enchanting sights and villages of the Andes. From the equator to the sea with cloud forests, national parks and volcanoes between, explore the best of Ecuador.
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  • Cities of South America

    FIRST-CLASS: TAILOR-MADE: The ultimate South America tour for culture vultures, this itinerary focuses on the continent’s most exciting cities, from pulsing Rio, to rapidly emerging Bogota, via Iguassu Falls and Machu Picchu.
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  • Hotel Gangotena Quito: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: The UNESCO-listed city center of Quito is worth enjoying to its fullest. Described as the least altered and best preserved in Latin America, immerse yourself in this historically rich barrio with a stay at Casa Gangotena - an impeccable, colonial-style hotel with lovely terrace views.
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  • Avenue of the Volcanoes Ecuador

    Venture along the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes to discover the mountainous mainland of Ecuador. You’ll pass by volcanic peaks, hike to crater rims, ride the Devil’s Nose switchback railroad, and explore the Incan fortress of Ingapirca as well as several Indigenous markets along the way.
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 8 Days

    Spend 8 days uncovering the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel and hike while evenings are spent aboard Coral I, a stylish and luxurious yacht.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Natural Paradise

    Head on an unforgettable eco-tour with this cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Traversing the islands aboard a brand-new yacht, the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll cross volcanic caldera, spot giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel beneath the waves to experience the biodiverse bounty of the islands' warm waters.
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y Infinity

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  • Essential Ecuador

    Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy an impressive range of natural environment and culture which in combination have inspired outstanding culinary diversity for you to discover.
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  • Galapagos Family Safari Camp

    Escape on the ultimate family getaway to a luxury safari camp in the Galapagos Islands. Staying at the Galapagos Tented Safari Camp, you and your family will explore the archipelago, cross volcanic landscapes, and spot exciting and beloved animal species like Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Giant Tortoises.
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