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Ecuador is one of South America’s smallest countries, yet what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in diversity. From small market towns to grand colonial cities, the lush highlands, high Andes mountains, majestic volcanoes, remote Amazon rainforest and contrasting cloud forest regions, Ecuador is a lesser discovered but action packed destination. Whether you choose to discover Ecuador by it’s legendary train route or travel the infamous avenue of volcanoes, contact us today to begin your adventure.

My favourite part of Ecuador is the cloud forest. A crucial and important eco-system, it is home to such a huge variety of life. Spotting the enigmatic Andean cock of the rock bird was a real highlight.

Colonial Quito is a contender for the continent’s prettiest historic centre and the northern highlands around Otavalo and Ibarra provide local artisan markets, historic haciendas and trekking through indigenous villages. Stay with a local tribe for an authentic jungle experience in the Amazon or go to the Cloud Forest, bird watcher’s paradise. South from Quito is the Avenue of the Volcanoes, a classic route down the spine of Ecuador. Arrive in charming Cuenca for local heritage, historic architecture and a rich culture. The wild pacific coast is perfect for an off the beaten path trip and Guayaquil is the gateway to the Galapagos. Speak to one of our Ecuador specialists today to start organising your trip of a lifetime with us.

Essential Ecuador Travel Information

Best time to go

Ecuador can be visited all year round. Due to the equator running through the country the temperatures do not fluctuate that much throughout the year. The highlands generally have warm days and cold nights and the coast and the Amazon remain hot and humid year round. In the north there is more rain between January and May and in the south the wet season is from October to May. Although the Amazon generally receives a lot of rain year round, the wettest months are from April to September.


No visas required for visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos as a British national. On arrival you will be granted entry for up to 90 days as a tourist. You may be asked to provide proof of onward or return travel, details of your accommodation and proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from your date of arrival in Ecuador.


The local currency is the US Dollar. ATM’s are widely available in most major towns and cities and all major credit and debit cards are accepted.

Time difference

5 hours behind GMT

Capital City



Mostly 110v


You should confirm with your doctor that all courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. For Ecuador the courses or boosters that are usually advised are Hepatitis A and typhoid. Other vaccines to be considered are Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus and yellow fever.

The yellow fever certificate is only required on entry to Ecuador for travellers over 1 year old arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever and for travellers who have transited through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever for more than 12 hours. The yellow fever certificate is now valid for life. There is, however a risk of yellow fever in some parts of Ecuador where the vaccination is recommended for travellers over the age of 9 months. Please consult with your doctor.

Malaria is classified as low to no risk in Guayaquil, Quito and the central Andes region. It is classified as high risk in the Amazon and on the Pacific Coast where antimalarial medication is usually advised. Please consult with your doctor as to whether you need anti malarial medication for your trip and for what type of medication is best for you.

Disclaimer: All the information we provide here is purely for guidance purposes and we are not medical experts. We always recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor 6-8 weeks before departure who will be able to properly assess your personal medical history, give accurate advice and advise on exactly which immunisations or medical precautions you need to take.


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