Ecuador is Latin America in microcosm. From its high Andean peaks, snow-capped volcanoes, lush Amazon lowlands, stunning waterfalls and fascinating islands – Ecuador has it all.
The incomparable Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean 906km from the Ecuadorian mainland. The islands’ indigenous wildlife includes some of the most fascinating and unique creatures on earth. By observing these animals, a young Charles Darwin saw evidence which supported his nascent theory of evolution and subsequently wrote On the Origin of Species, a landmark scientific achievement which changed the world forever. Follow in his wake for an unforgettable cruise around the Galapagos Islands.
Boasting a UNESCO world heritage colonial centre, the national capital of Quito is located just south of the Equator, after which the country is named. Visit Otavalo, a small Andean village close to Quito, which is famous for hosting one of the biggest indigenous markets in South America.
The Galapagos Islands National Park boasts unique flora and fauna which has long fascinated travellers and scientists alike. Enjoy cruising this enchanting archipelago and observe its amazing wildlife.
On the Pacific Coast, December-April is the warm season with occasional showers. May-November is mildly cooler but with fewer showers.
The Galapagos Islands experience cool, dry weather June-December. Weather is warm and there are occasional showers from January-May with calmer seas.