Why Ecuador holidays are truly unique

Elegant colonial cities, picturesque Andean highlands, Amazonian adventures, vibrant indigenous culture and encounters with some of the world’s most fearless wildlife; Ecuador is a microcosm of Latin America in one temptingly accessible package.If possible, some Spanish will be appreciated and very well received by friendly Ecuadorians, although English is widely spoken in all major tourist centres and by our chosen local guides. 

As well as a fascinating standalone destination, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands can be easily combined with Peru, due to regular flights from Lima to Quito (or Guayaquil, the jumping-off point on the Ecuadorian coast for the Galapagos Islands) and vice versa. Accommodation in Ecuador ranges from decadently converted mansion houses in Quito and historic countryside haciendas, to deluxe cruise yachts and eco-lodges in the steamy Amazonian rainforest. 

Experiences are limitless, explore the architectural wonders of the Baroque churches, hike the slopes of active volcanoes, contemplate the wildlife of the National Parks and uninhabited islands, and watch the sunset from pristine beaches, whilst the Ecuadorian world goes by.

Mainland and the Galapagos

It is impossible not to be overwhelmed by gorgeous Quito, a UNESCO heritage site and the country’s capital. The magical and outstandingly preserved Old Town is filled with green plazas, panoramic vistas and brilliant white cathedrals. The stunning scenery south of Quito has been penned ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ and is filled with soaring Andean peaks at every turn, of which Cotopaxi is the most famous, weaving through colonial cities like Cuenca and colourful markets that buzz with local life. Not forgetting of course that Ecuador also has easy access to the Amazon basin where you can float by the banks and tributaries of the Amazon River and spot tapir, caiman and possibly even Jaguar, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.

1,000 kilometres across from mainland Ecuador awaits one of the most exciting wildlife experiences imaginable, the Galapagos Islands. An archipelago of land and marine ecosystems that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, here endemic species including marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins can be viewed in close range from the comfort of cruise vessels of various sizes, with routes and durations to suit you.

Steamy jungles, friendly wildlife, towering volcanoes and buzzing markets.

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As well as a fascinating standalone destination, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands can be easily combined with Peru, due to regular flights from Lima to Quito (or Guayaquil, the jumping-off point on the Ecuadorian coast for the Galapagos Islands) and vice versa. Accommodation in Ecuador ranges from decadently converted mansion houses in Quito and historic countryside haciendas, to deluxe cruise yachts and eco-lodges in the steamy Amazonian rainforest. Experiences are limitless, explore the architectural wonders of the Baroque churches, hike the slopes of active volcanoes, contemplate the wildlife of the National Parks and uninhabited islands, and watch the sun set from pristine beaches, whilst the Ecuadorian world goes by.

If possible, some Spanish will be appreciated and very well received by friendly Ecuadorians, although English is widely spoken in all major tourist centres and by our chosen local guides. 

Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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