Ecuador Holidays

From the stunning turquoise lagoons nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains, to the brilliant white sand beaches of the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador welcomes you in a blaze of colour.

Home to a wonderful array of wildlife, this is a nature lover’s dream destination. Watch a macaw’s rainbow-hued wings flutter amid the verdant Amazon, see iguanas scuttle across terracotta red sands and see the sun spark in orange as it sinks over the horizon. You’re sure to be mesmerised.

Why not hop over to the Galapagos Islands to extend your trip? See volcanic landscapes, meet some giant tortoises and dive among amazing marine life. 

Destination Highlights
  • Galapagos National Park
  • Spectacular Wildlife
  • Captivating Capital City

Time Zone

GMT - 5

Flight Time

13–15 hours; indirect flights are available from London Heathrow via the United States of America.

Currency

US dollar (USD)

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Ecuador.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Ecuador.

Ecuador is unique in more ways than one. This verdant country straddles the equator and Quito, its capital, sits at an altitude of 2,850m. You’ll find extraordinary examples of indigenous American culture, Spanish colonial architecture and of course, remarkable wildlife. This is the gateway to The Galapagos Islands, after all.

  • Galapagos National Park

    The Galapagos National Park is the oldest national park in Ecuador and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the park to see wildlife such as giant tortoise, marine iguanas, hammerhead sharks and many water birds, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

  • Quito Cathedral

    Visit captivating cities

    Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brims with culture and the Museo de la Ciudad, the City Museum, is a great place to understand Ecuador’s pre-Columbian history. Pick up vibrant alpaca textiles and stroll the 17th century cobbled streets of the Old Town.

  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    “Quito is the highest official capital city in the world, so you may be warned about altitude sickness. I recommend drinking lots of water and laying off the alcohol for the first couple of nights so you can acclimatise properly.”

  • Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “Ecuador has so much more to offer than just the Galapagos Islands, so why not spend some time exploring what the main land has to offer.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “If you’re looking for something different, head to the town of Banos, where you’ll find stunning water falls, natural hot springs, and hiking tracks through lush forests before heading on to discover the wildlife of the Amazon.”

Our Ecuador destinations

Ecuador

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Types of Ecuador holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Quito take around 13 hours excluding stop-over time. There are currently no direct flight options from the UK; however, there are various indirect flights to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito from various UK airports. 

 Ecuador follows Ecuador Time (GMT -5) and it has no daylight saving, so this stays the same year-round. 

There are various domestic flight options available from Quito or Guayaquil on the mainland to Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. The flight from Quito stops at Guayaquil en route so most people prefer to get to Guayaquil first.

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