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Introducing Ecuador

Ecuador has it all. Between the Andean peaks, the Amazon rainforest, and the beautiful white sand beaches, travelers have a myriad of experiences to pick and choose from to suit their level of adventure and comfort.

When is the best time to visit?
Ecuador is a year-round destination. There’s no real summer or winter season, and with its varied geography, weather patterns are more dependent on location than the time of year. In the mountains, don’t be surprised to experience four seasons in one day. The Andes are a little drier from June through September. The best time to visit the beaches of Ecuador is, surprisingly, during the rainy season from December to May, when the weather is pleasantly warm, with rains usually limited to afternoon showers. Learn more

Where to go in Ecuador?
Ecuador offers a compelling mix of outdoor experiences and culture. Experience one of the most amazing national parks in the world at the remarkable Galapagos Islands, soak in the scenery and rural way of life in the Andes Mountains, tour the Amazon Rainforest with local guides, and enjoy the photographic colonial plazas of Quito and Cuenca.

How many days do I need?
Spend as few as 3 days and as many as 16 days in Ecuador. With as much as there is to see and do in this adventurer’s paradise, really the answer to this question is as many days as possible. Learn more

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Ecuador Tours & Itineraries

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Tiny Tortoises of the Santa Cruz Breeding Center, Galapagos
Map of Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 8 Days
Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 8 Days

An 8-day adventure in Ecuador, starting and ending in Quito. During this trip, you'll get to explore Quito, the Otavalo indigenous market, and the beautiful Galapagos Islands, possibly the best-preserved national park in the world.

Countryside near Riobamba
Map of Best of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 7 Days
Best of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 7 Days

Traverse the very best of the Ecuadorian highlands on this 7-day itinerary. Starting and finishing in the capital, Quito, you will encounter bustling markets, awe-inspiring volcanoes, centuries-old colonial towns and Inca ruins. There's great hiking along the way in terrain ranging from glaciers and high-level plateau through to forests and waterfalls.

Enjoy the beaches of Ecuador
Map of The Real Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon & Galapagos - 14 Days
The Real Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon & Galapagos - 14 Days

Experience the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Ecuador over the course of two weeks. From the urban sprawl of Quito to the serene shores of the Galapagos and everything in between, this tour will span several diverse regions and truly open your eyes to one of South America's most fascinating countries.

Cordillera Occidental Andes Central Ecuador
Map of Ecuador: Amazon, Andes, and the Coast - 16 Days
Ecuador: Amazon, Andes, and the Coast - 16 Days

Explore the best of Ecuador in this 16-day tour through the Amazon, Andes, and Coastal regions. You'll visit beautiful colonial towns, indigenous communities, and experience ways of life both ancient and modern in this diverse country.

Ziplining towards a waterfall near the town of Baños
Map of Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days
Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days

This action-packed 7-day tour of Ecuador is perfect for travelers searching for adventure, culture and spectacular scenery all within a few hours' drive from the capital Quito. The trip begins with a thrilling bike ride down an active volcano and continues with hikes in the cloud forest, a climb up a waterfall and visits to an indigenous community. There will be plenty of opportunities to unwind too, with stops at hot springs and a quiet, mountainside hacienda.

Make the Most of Your Time in Ecuador

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Quito in the foreground with an erupting Cotopaxi volcano in the distance.
How Many Days Should You Spend In Ecuador?

Ecuador is a country that packs enormous diversity into a small area so it's ideal to visit for a short trip. You can spend a long weekend exploring Quito and the mountains,...

Highly active marmoset monkeys can be spotted on trips into the Ecuadorian Amazon
Map of 7 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spend a week in Ecuador exploring the country's diversity, from volcanoes to the rainforest. Each trip starts in Quito, with tours of the UNESCO-designated historic city and a...

Boy riding a horse at Quilotoa lake in Ecuador
Map of 10 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itineraries

Locals are fond of saying that Ecuador is four countries in one: coast, highlands, jungle, and the Galápagos. Whether you want to relax on the beach, climb volcanoes, hike...

Marine Iguana, Galápagos Islands
Map of 2 Weeks in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itineraries

Two weeks in Ecuador gives plenty of time to enjoy all three of the country's main ecosystems—Amazon, Highlands, and Galapagos—or focus on one to fully immerse yourself in the...

Ecuador Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Trekking along the Quilotoa Loop is an Ecuador highlight.
Best Things to Do in Ecuador

Stretching from the Amazon to the Andes and straddling the southern and northern hemispheres, Ecuador boasts a remarkable range of landscapes, cultures and ecosystems. From...

The mountains surrounding Guaranda, an off-the-beaten-path town in Ecuador well worth visiting.
Going Off-The-Beaten-Path in Ecuador

Even as tourism boom in Ecuador, there are still plenty of enticing destinations that remain under the radar, offering travelers the chance to explore architectural gems, surf...

One of the Ecuador's dramatic train rides, the Naríz del Diablo
Options for Touring Ecuador

By South American standards, Ecuador is a fairly small country. Most major destinations — with the exception of the Galápagos Islands — are within a day's drive of each other....

Ecuador Travel Advice

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Unspoiled beaches and turquoise waters in the Galápagos
Map of Ultimate Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cotopaxi & the Galápagos - 10 Days
Ultimate Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cotopaxi & the Galápagos - 10 Days

Adventure awaits on this exhilarating 10-day journey through Ecuador. Starting in the country's rugged Andean highlands, you'll hike and horseback ride through a landscape of towering volcanoes, crater lakes, and dramatic waterfalls before hopping over to the Galápagos to discover some of the most remarkable biodiversity on earth. Explore uninhabited islands, snorkel with sharks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel deep into a dormant volcano.

Volcanic peaks and dense jungle near Macas
Map of Ecuador Glamping Adventure: Cities, Jungles & Highlands - 9 Days
Ecuador Glamping Adventure: Cities, Jungles & Highlands - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in Ecuador's natural splendors on this 9-day glamping adventure. From the capital of Quito to the depths of the Amazon and the volcanic slopes of the highlands, you'll spend your days hiking, kayaking, and rafting through breathtaking landscapes. Meanwhile, nights are spent close to nature in a series of unforgettable "glamorous camping" sites.

Embark on a luxury cruise through Ecuador's rainforest
Map of Amazon Luxury Cruise & Galápagos Island Hopping - 10 Days
Amazon Luxury Cruise & Galápagos Island Hopping - 10 Days

Experience two of Ecuador's most remarkable ecosystems in style on this adventurous, 10-day itinerary. Starting from the capital of Quito, set off into the wilds of the Amazon and board a three-night luxury river cruise through Yasuni National Park. Spot primates, parrots, and piranhas as you explore the rainforest by kayak and on foot, returning to the comfort of your ship each evening. Then it's time to switch gears and fly to the Galápagos for an itinerary of island hopping, snorkeling, and wildlife encounters.

Ecuador Travel Maps

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Ecuador map: 10 Days in Ecuador: 5 Suggested Itineraries
10 Days in Ecuador: 5 Suggested Itineraries
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Ecuador map: 7 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Ecuador - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Ecuador map: 2 Weeks in Ecuador - 4 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Ecuador - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Ecuador
Travel specialist Daniel Larrea
active 1 day ago

Daniel Larrea

During my whole life, I have been traveling and adventuring everywhere. This is because my family was always in aviation. One of the first memories in my life are on a plane and traveling, but what...

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Travel specialist Mathias Onisseit
active 1 day ago

Mathias Onisseit

Originally from Germany, in 2010 I set out to explore South America and soon fell in love with the super-diverse country named Ecuador (and its neat little attachment Galapagos). What fascinates me...

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Travel specialist Linda Schulz
active 1 day ago

Linda Schulz

Originally from Germany, I have traveled around the world and lived in Australia, Bangladesh, and finally Ecuador. Ecuador is such a diverse and beautiful country, so I soon fell deeply in love...

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Travel specialist Jackeline Valarezo
active 19 hours ago

Jackeline Valarezo

I always have been in love with my country, and when I had the opportunity to work in this lovely industry, I took it then I realized that I belong here. The contact with people and the possibility...

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Trip Reviews for Ecuador

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Michael

Above and beyond -- an amazing experience in Ecuador, in the face of many challenges · Ecuador - Jun 9 - Jun 17, 2022

Traveler: Michael P. - Local specialist: Jackeline Valarezo

Our trip to Ecuador was amazing! Jackie in Ecuador was just incredible to work with.

We faced serious challenges in our trip when a general strike was called throughout Ecuador by CONAIE, an association of indigenious people. This involved roadblocks and protests throughout the country.

Jackie and the guide she hired, Dario, did an absolutely incredible job of working around these conditions to ensure a wonderful experience, even though this meant rearranging our itinerary and... read more

Our trip to Ecuador was amazing! Jackie in Ecuador was just incredible to work with.

We faced serious challenges in our trip when a general strike was called throughout Ecuador by CONAIE, an association of indigenious people. This involved roadblocks and protests throughout the country.

Jackie and the guide she hired, Dario, did an absolutely incredible job of working around these conditions to ensure a wonderful experience, even though this meant rearranging our itinerary and schedule completely.

When our Ecuadorian Ballet Folklorico performance was cancelled, she arranged a private performance in a beautiful hotel.

When the city of Banos was blocked off, Jackie and Dario suggested Mindo insteady - a gorgeous nature destination with hummingbirds, ziplines and river rafting.

It was a hit and we were safe and well cared for throughout the trip.

In my last day relaxing in the thermal baths at Papallacta, I couldn't recommend KimKim enough to the travelers around me. Thank you!

Activity Reviews

Project at School in Otavalo

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Quito - Cotopaxi National Park

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Jackeline Valarezo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Michael,
Thank you for your kind words and comments.
Working on your tour was fantastic for me, and knowing that I could create such a pleasant experience in the midst of a strike warmed my heart.
You were such a wonderful group, so upbeat and welcoming. It was wonderful to communicate with you during those days.
I wish you successful future tours for everyone.
I hope you can return to Ecuador and see the places you missed this time.

Best wishes from Quito.

Nitin

Linda planned an amazing trip for us. · Ecuador - Apr 7 - Apr 16, 2022

Traveler: Nitin A. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda planned an amazing trip for us. We enjoyed the hotels, tour guides, and excursions.

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nitin,
thanks a lot for your feedback and your review! I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time here in Quito, on Galapagos, and in the Amazon. I would love to welcome you back one day!
Hugs to you and your family,
Linda

This is the way to travel · Ecuador - May 10 - May 23, 2022

Traveler: Tom K. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Mathias understood right away our needs and wants and developed a great trip that left out nothing. Since we have family in Ecuador, he was able to weave in our requirement to do some things with family.
Sebastian, our guide, was equal to the task of integrating everything we were to do. Tip: go over the next day's schedule with him the night before so that he knows your expectations. He is great at anticipating needs and wants and fulfilling them before you can even ask.
All in all, a... read more

Mathias understood right away our needs and wants and developed a great trip that left out nothing. Since we have family in Ecuador, he was able to weave in our requirement to do some things with family.
Sebastian, our guide, was equal to the task of integrating everything we were to do. Tip: go over the next day's schedule with him the night before so that he knows your expectations. He is great at anticipating needs and wants and fulfilling them before you can even ask.
All in all, a fantastic trip of a lifetime. This is the way to travel.

Hotel Reviews

Casa de las Peñas Siglo XXI

Guayaquil

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Hotel Boutique Santa Lucía

Cuenca

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Hosteria La Andaluza

Riobamba

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One of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.

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Samari Spa Hotel

Baños

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Fantastic massages!
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Hacienda El Porvenir

Machachi

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Spectacular location, hard to get to.

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Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique

Quito

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Hacienda Pinsaqui

Otavalo

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Sacha Lodge Yasuní

Quito

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ONly place with air conditioning. A truly amazing experience.

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Stay here. It's the best of the best.
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Expedition to the Churute Ecological Reserve

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A wonderful lunch and even better tour guide.
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Cuenca - Ingapirca - Riobamba

Ecuador

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Cuenca is wonderful as is Ingapirca. I would skip Riobamba

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Horseback riding Cotopaxi National Park

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