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Ecuador & Galapagos
Things to do
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Explore the highlights of Ecuador and the Galapagos

Diminutive in size, yet incredibly diverse, Ecuador lives up to the saying: ‘the best things come in small packages’. No trip would be complete without making your way offshore to the country’s biggest draw card, the Galapagos Islands, home to cannot-see-anywhere-else wildlife including giant tortoises and marine iguanas. Back on the mainland, wander the cobblestone streets of the Andean capital, Quito, admiring the colonial architecture that has earned its Old Town World Heritage status, or barter at the Otavalo markets for textiles, handicrafts and jewellery made by the local, indigenous people. Ride the Devil’s Nose Train along some of the steepest stretches of railway you’ll ever come across, hike through the Avenues of the Volcanoes or head into the Amazon rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for toucans, jaguars and sloths.

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Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to get excited about in Ecuador. Climb up (or hike round) one of 10 active volcanoes towering over 5000 metres, including the snow-capped Cotopaxi. Head to Baños, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of the country – walk to waterfalls, try kayaking or rafting in the rivers, bungee jump, paraglide or simple relax in the thermal hot pools. Practice yoru haggling skills in the Otavalo market, snapping up traditional handicrafts and textiles, or take a tour into the Amazon rainforest for spotting toucans, sloths and (if you’re lucky) jaguars

Carb lovers will be in food heaven with the potato, rice and bean-heavy cuisine of Ecuador. While differences exist between the coast, where seafood reigns supreme, and inland, focusing on meat dishes, snack foods are ubiquitous. Empanadas (deep-fried pastries with meat and potatoes) and llapingachos (potato-and-cheese cakes) are popular everywhere you go. You cannot leave the country without sampling cuy, or guinea pig, considered a delicacy. Fresh jugos, or fruit juices, are staples at most meals; if you’re looking for something stronger, sip aguardiente a strong, sugar-cane spirit translating as ‘fire water’.

First on everyone’s bucket list when travelling to Ecuador, is a visit to the Galapagos Islands. The unique ecosystem of this archipelago of volcanic islands led to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution; here you can swim with sea lions and get up close to giant tortoises and marine iguanas. Walk the streets and visit the cathedrals of the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Cuenca and Quito; legend says that if the currently incomplete Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito is finished, the world will end!


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Explore the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a unique and unspoiled paradise, home to an incredible array of wildlife and ecosystems. Take a guided tour to explore the islands, including Isabela, Santa Cruz, and Espanola, and get up close to giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and other endemic species.

Visit the Quito Old Town

Quito's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in South America. Wander through the cobblestone streets, visit the iconic Plaza Grande, and explore the many historic buildings, churches, and monasteries.

Go hiking in the Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi National Park is a must-visit for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Hike to the base camp of the majestic Cotopaxi volcano, explore the park's diverse ecosystems, and spot wildlife such as Andean condors, spectacled bears, and white-tailed deer.

Visit the Otavalo Market

The Otavalo Market is a vibrant marketplace in northern Ecuador that offers a wide range of local handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Browse the colourful stalls, try some traditional food and drinks, and shop for unique gifts or mementos. The market is especially famous for its traditional textiles, such as woven wool blankets and ponchos.

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  • Official languages: Spanish
  • English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and among younger people
  • Many signs and menus are translated into English, making it relatively easy for English-speaking tourists to get around
Passport and Visas
  • UK citizens do not need a visa to enter Ecuador, but you will need a valid passport with at least six months' validity
  • Upon arrival, you will receive a tourist card (T-3) which is valid for 90 days; this will need to be returned when you leave the country
  • Make sure your passport has at least two blank pages for immigration stamps
Events & Festivals
  • Inti Raymi (June): a vibrant festival celebrating the winter solstice with music, dance, and traditional costumes
  • Fiestas de Quito (September): a month-long celebration of Quito's independence with parades, music, and fireworks
  • Galapagos Islands' festivals (June-September): a series of festivals celebrating the islands' unique wildlife and ecosystems
Good to Know
  • Ecuador is generally a safe country, but petty theft and pickpocketing can occur in tourist areas; be mindful of your belongings and keep valuables secure
  • Tap water is not safe to drink; stick to bottled or filtered water
  • Many restaurants and cafes accept credit cards, but cash is still king; ATMs are widely available
  • Wi-Fi is available in most towns and cities, but internet speeds can be slow in rural areas
  • Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated for good service; 5-10% is considered standard
  • Some restaurants may already include a service charge, so check your bill before leaving a tip
  • Porters and baggage handlers at airports and hotels usually expect a small tip (around $1-2)
Additional Tips for UK Travellers
  • Make sure your phone is compatible with Ecuador's 3G network
  • Don't forget your adapter plug for charging electronic devices; Ecuador uses Type A and B plugs (same as the UK)
  • If you're planning to visit the Galapagos Islands, book your tours and accommodations well in advance as they can fill up quickly
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers adventure activities such as hiking, snorkelling, or scuba diving

Overall, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are an incredible destination for travellers from the UK. With some basic knowledge of the local culture and customs, you'll be well-prepared for an unforgettable adventure!

January-March (Summer in the Southern Hemisphere)
  • Temperatures: 18-24°C (64-75°F) in the highlands, 25-30°C (77-86°F) in the coastal regions
  • Rainfall: Moderate to heavy rainfall in the Andes, with occasional storms in the coastal regions
  • Sunshine: 6-7 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Galapagos Islands for wildlife spotting, as many species are more active during this time
Galapagos Islands:
  • Temperatures: 22-28°C (72-82°F)
  • Rainfall: Dry season, with very little rainfall
  • Sunshine: 8-9 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Perfect weather for outdoor activities like hiking, snorkeling, and exploring the islands
April-June (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere)
  • Temperatures: 17-23°C (63-73°F) in the highlands, 24-29°C (75-84°F) in the coastal regions
  • Rainfall: Gentle rainfall in the Andes, with occasional light showers in the coastal regions
  • Sunshine: 6-7 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Enjoy mild weather and fewer crowds than during peak season
Galapagos Islands:
  • Temperatures: 21-27°C (70-81°F)
  • Rainfall: Still dry season, with minimal rainfall
  • Sunshine: 8-9 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Great time for outdoor activities and wildlife spotting
July-September (Winter in the Southern Hemisphere):
  • Temperatures: 14-20°C (57-68°F) in the highlands, 22-26°C (72-79°F) in the coastal regions
  • Rainfall: Heavy rainfall in the Andes, with frequent storms in the coastal regions
  • Sunshine: 5-6 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Avoid peak tourist season and take advantage of lower prices
Galapagos Islands:
  • Temperatures: 20-26°C (68-79°F)
  • Rainfall: Wet season begins, with increased rainfall and cloudy skies
  • Sunshine: 7 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: If you don't mind occasional rain showers, you can still spot wildlife and enjoy outdoor activities
October-December (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere):
  • Temperatures: 16-22°C (61-72°F) in the highlands, 23-27°C (73-81°F) in the coastal regions
  • Rainfall: Gentle rainfall in the Andes, with occasional light showers in the coastal regions
  • Sunshine: 6-7 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Mild weather and fewer crowds make for a great time to explore Ecuador's cities and nature reserves
Galapagos Islands:
  • Temperatures: 21-27°C (70-81°F)
  • Rainfall: Wet season continues, but rainfall becomes less frequent and intense
  • Sunshine: 8 hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Best time to visit: Good balance between weather and wildlife spotting opportunities


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