Situated right on the equator, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands offer a fantastic holiday destination with stunning landscapes and extraordinary wildlife.
With a large coastline, Ecuador offers many stunning beaches with clear blue waters for a truly relaxing holiday experience. For the more adventurous, the Andes Mountain range extend fantastic hiking opportunities and, of course, the Galapagos Islands are the world’s favourite destination for its diversity of exotic wildlife.
Time Difference: GMT -5 hours (Ecuador), GMT -6 hours (Galapagos Islands)
Currency: US Dollar
In the coastal areas, you can expect it to be hot and humid with average day time temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius. December to May is the rainy season with frequent heavy showers. In the high-altitude areas of the Andes, anticipate cooler spring like weather. The Galapagos Islands experiences a similar climate with the dry season lasting from June to December.
The capital city of Ecuador, Quito, was designated a World Heritage Site in 1978. Situated 9,350 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, the city is divided into three areas. For colonial style traditional architecture, head for the Old Town where you will experience a real sense of travelling back in time. The other two areas are of less importance to tourists, being either modern high rises or industrial.
Situated three hours north of Quito, Otavalo Market offers a fantastic array of traditional clothing, handicrafts and colourful house rugs. Saturday is the best day to experience the hustle and bustle of this fantastic market, when the nearby towns also come along and fill every corner with colourful stalls.
Situated 1000 Km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are arguably the world’s greatest exotic wildlife destination. With its unique ecosystem and biodiversity, it offers the chance to see giant tortoise, stunning marine life and many rare species of birdlife. There are 13 main islands, 6 small islands and about 107 rocky islets. This UNESCO World Heritage site attracts visitors from all over the globe.