Ecuador is an incredible destination featuring all the South America highlights – Andean highlands with snow-capped peaks, steamy Amazon Rainforests and stunning palm fringed white sand beaches, all within a days drive. The Galapagos Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean, a short flight away from the mainland. A highlight of most trips to South America, the Galapagos are home to species of birds and mammals not found anywhere else on the planet.
The well preserved historic centre of Quito is a UNESCO world heritage site. Just 16 miles from the Equator itself, you cannot visit Quito without making a visit to the middle of the world monument, where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere!
The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador offer the chance to see many unique wildlife species, whether you base yourself on one of the Islands, or take a cruise around several.
Deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, pioneering eco-tourism projects allow visits to local communities where you can be introduced to the rainforest by the very people whose ancestors have lived off the land for generations.