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.
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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.
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 little as 3 days and as many as 16 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.
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.
This 10-day tour will take you up into the highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes and deep into the Amazon jungle by canoe. You'll spend the night in an eco lodge, relax in hot springs, and explore the cultural diversity of Quito.
If you’re looking to experience the Amazon and have 3-5 days to spare, this is the perfect retreat only half a day’s drive from Quito. The Yacuma Ecolodge is a sustainable, community-run lodge located on a tributary of the Amazon next to 275 hectares of protected rainforest.
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.
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.
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In the central highlands south of Quito, Cotopaxi province boasts some of Ecuador’s most popular attractions. As well as the eponymous volcano, there are charming market towns, shimmering lakes, evocative festivals, nature reserves and much more to explore.
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. Follow these suggestions for how to structure your visit and make the most of your time in this geographically diverse nation.
Ecuador has plenty of great hotels. But staying in alternative accommodations, from hip hostels in colonial cities to romantic haciendas in the highlands and dreamy cloud forest lodges, often adds something special to the trip. Read on for unique suggestions for where to stay in Ecuador.
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Best of the ecuadorian highlands - 8 days, Ecuador - Oct 21 - Oct 28, 2018
I booked a trip from Quito to Guayaquil prior to a Sierra Club Trip to the Galapagos.
I was hesitant booking the trip and paying online.
Mathias was great. He promptly answered all my questions. We went through three versions of the trip until I was happy with it.
The trip was better than I expected. The hotels were wonderful. Christian, our tour guide/driver, gave us an insight into the highlands of Ecuador that we will always remember.
We especially enjoyed the walking tour of Quito, hikes in Mindo, Ingapirca ruins, hiking in Cajas, and Cuenca.
Central ecuador, Ecuador - Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2018
Lenin and Mauro (our other guide) were both very knowledgeable about the native tribes, culture and history of Ecuador in general.
And they both had detailed knowledge of the specific places we visited … being Otavalo, Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Baños, Alausí and Cuenca.
Both spoke excellent English.
Lenin was particularly good when it came to knowing when to have a break, etc or comfort stop.
Overall the trip was a memorable experience and we would recommend KimKim.
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Exploring, hiking and adventure, Ecuador - Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2018
Gabor was very flexible and patient with numerous changes to our itinerary. He uses fabulous guides and booked wonderful lodges. His expertise was invaluable in making our trip to Ecuador (Galapagos and Amazon) fantastic!!!
A Special Thanks to Diana (our assign local guide) she did the extra miles for us ensuring that all small details were met along the way.
I would strongly recommend KimKim !!
Steve and Christine.
Now time to start a new project, here comes Africa!
We are examining coffee and cocoa opportunities for my son. Plus we would like to see some of the countrysides including beaches and volcanoes. Not too interested in city sights this go round. I am a very active 60-year old that loves to travel and have...
Family of 2 visited Ecuador in May 2017
We'll be visiting Ecuador in early March. We have 4 days to do activities around Quito . We would like to see Mindo, ziplining, Otavalo, Quito, Cuicocha Lagoon, Peluguche Falls, etc. I do have hotels booked for Quito at Casa Joaquin. We are faily of 2...
Family of 2 adults and 2 children visited Ecuador in March 2017
My friend and I are traveling to Ecuador from January 1st to the 15th in 2017. We are two college students who love traveling. We are interested in spending the majority of the time sight seeing around Quito and taking a few days to go down to Banos for the...
Family of 2 visited Ecuador in January 2017