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Ecuador is a beautiful and fascinating country to visit. Small in size by South American standards, just half the size of France, Ecuador is so rich in culture, landscapes and wildlife. Ecuador is an ideal destination to enjoy a wealth of wonderful experiences in a relatively short amount of time.
Famous for the diversity of its geography and wildlife, it is dwarfed by its neighbours Colombia and Peru. However, the dramatic geographical and cultural contrasts within Ecuador make it a fascinating place to visit. In addition, visiting the Galápagos Islands, annexed by Ecuador in 1832, is a truly fascinating and unique experience.
Holidays In Ecuador
Little remains from the pre-Inca or Inca civilisations in Ecuador but evidence of their 16th century Spanish conquerors is widespread. From the official spoken language and the colonial style buildings in the centre of many towns, to the large mestizo (mixed race) population, Spanish influence is apparent. Ecuador eventually achieved independence in 1822 and is now a democratic republic.
Modern Ecuador is divided into three geographic regions plus the unique Galápagos Islands. In the west the Pacific coastal plain has a lively, mixed race population and is an agricultural area farming bananas, cocoa, rice, coffee, sugar cane, tropical fruits and shrimps.
It is also home to a wide variety of birds. Through the centre of the country run the Andes mountains, including the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ named by the German explorer, Alexander Von Humboldt in 1802. The snow capped peaks are a commanding presence and a challenge to many trekkers; the cloud forests on the lower slopes are home to wildlife, many species of birds and delicate orchids. To the east, the Ecuadorian Amazonian jungle is home to distinctive tribes of indigenous Indians and an almost infinite number of wildlife species including, birds, bats, butterflies, fish, monkeys, sloth, caiman, dolphins and giant otters.
Also a paradise for shoppers, the different areas of Ecuador each have attractive, regional arts and crafts which are for sale on local stalls and markets. Particularly famous is the Panama hat which has been woven in the southern sierra and in the coastal areas for more than a century.
Our Latin America Senior Travel Consultant, Stephen Bray travelled on the first public journey of the Tren Cruceros from Quito to Guayaquil. Here he reflects on this new journey. Read full itinerary including this journey.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Ecuador. The European airlines flying to Quito and Guayaquil are Iberia from London Heathrow (via Madrid) and KLM from London Heathrow and regional airports (via Amsterdam). Other options from London airports include LATAM Airlines and Air Europa via Madrid to Guayaquil; and Avianca to Quito and Guayaquil via Bogota. Also there are flights from London Heathrow to Quito and Guayaquil via Miami on American Airlines. Any flights via the US require an ESTA application. Regional departures include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham.
Flights to the Galapagos Islands only operate from Quito and Guayaquil.
Please note there is a 1 hour time difference between the Ecuador mainland and Galapagos.
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