Why Ecuador: Ecuador offers an incredible array of experiences within its borders, from heritage-rich colonial cities surrounded by high Andean peaks to Amazon rainforests teeming with wildlife. Most compelling of all is the wild beauty and unique fauna of the Galapagos Islands.
Culture: From Amazonian frontier towns and Pacific fishing villages, to colonial cities and country markets, Ecuador is a blend of a many cultures. The country is famous for its excellent handicrafts, whilst Afro-Ecuadorians are known for marimba, a lively form of traditional music and dance.
When to Go: Generally, Ecuador has two seasons, wet and dry; however local weather patterns vary greatly depending on geography. In the highlands, the dry season is June-September and December, but the wet season isn’t particularly rainy. The central valley is spring-like all year, with temperatures no higher than 24°C. The Amazon experiences hot and humid conditions year-round, although July/August are the wettest months. The mainland coastal areas and the Galapagos are humid and wet January-April. High seasons are December/January and June to August.
Combine With: Mainland Ecuador can be easily combined with a cruise to the Galapagos Islands and/or Peru, where you can visit Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
Getting There: Fly via Santiago or Lima to Quito. The Galapagos Islands are a 2 hour flight from Quito or 1.5 hours from Guayaquil.