Ecuador Galapagos

Despite being one the smallest countries in South America, Ecuador offers a staggering diversity of architecture, landscapes, wildlife and culture, including jungle tribes, colonial towns, thermal springs, vast expanses of rainforest, bird-filled cloud forests, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes and an extensive Pacific coastline. All these facets alone would be ample for a wonderful holiday, but Ecuador also holds a top trump card in the New World natural history pack.

Ecuador is fortunate to possess the volcanic Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s great natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Their remarkable collection of endemic birds, reptiles and plants led Charles Darwin to formulate one of the greatest scientific theories of all time: survival of the fittest, or the theory of evolution.

Visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and discover for yourself what made Darwin so excited.

Ecuador Galapagos Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Wildlife Cruise

Galapagos Cruises

Galapagos Islands
8 Days from £3000
Explore one of the world's great natural wonders where geographical isolation ha...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Best of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands In High Comfort

16 Days from £8186
For discerning travellers wishing to tour the Ecuadorean Andes in colonial style...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Wild Ecuador Off the Beaten Track

14 Days from £6185
An extraordinary itinerary, ideal for keen birders and general wildlife lovers a...
# Family Holiday

The Dazzling Diversity of Ecuador and the Galapagos for Families

15 Days from £6715
A perfect family adventure for older children, this compact itinerary uncovers t...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Enchanting Galapagos Islands and Peru’s Machu Picchu

14 Days from £5136
If you only have one chance to travel to South America, this could well be your ...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Diverse Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on a Budget

15 Days from £3878
Experience Ecuador’s remarkable mainland and enchanting Galapagos Islands on t...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Natural History Highlights of Ecuador and the Galapagos

17 Days from £5915
Experience the prime wildlife highlights of mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos I...

Featured Accommodation

Eric Letty

Galapagos Islands
2 Identical motor yachts offering excellent itineraries visiting northern/wester...

Sacha Lodge

Set in a beautiful position overlooking Pilchicocha Lake with excellent swimming...

Napo Wildlife Centre

An upmarket lodge located within a pristine 52,000-acre private terra firma rain...

Cabanas San Isidro Lodge

The Andes
Sits in the picturesque Quijos Valley, one of the westernmost headwaters of the ...

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

The Andes
Borders one of the most diverse terrestrial environments in the world and is sur...

Hacienda Zuleta

The Andes
A historic working farm situated high amongst magnificent Andean landscapes ...

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Ecuador Galapagos: -1.450040, -78.442383

Best Time To Visit Ecuador Galapagos

The influence of the Andes causes the climate of mainland Ecuador to vary considerably between regions. The Pacific coast is very dry but can be cool and misty from June to September; the Andes have a pleasant spring-like climate and are generally driest between June and September; the Amazonian rainforest is usually hot and wet throughout the year with the highest rainfall from April to September.

The Galapagos Islands receive very limited rainfall and can be visited at any time of the year. They are generally very hot, sunny and humid from December to May when thunderstorms may occur. From June to November the cold Humboldt current brings cooler weather, cloud, wind and mist (garúa). This is also the breeding season for many seabirds (including the waved albatross) and when most migratory whales visit the islands.

Travel Info

Flight Time
12 Hours

Time Zone
GMT -5

Best visited
January to January

Language Spoken

15.74 million

Area Specialist

John Melton

The Galapagos Islands are strongly affected by El Niño events which can dramatically alter the weather at any time.

For those not suited to sea travel, the Galapagos Islands can be visited while staying at various shore-based hotels. You would go out daily on boat excursions, returning to your comfortable hotel in the evening.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Ecuador Galapagos please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

[WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS] Amazon – harpy eagle, brown howlers, golden backed tamarins, dusky tee-tee monkeys, caimans, giant anaconda & loads of fabulous birds. Galapagos – giant school of pilot whales, white-tip reef shark, underwater views of penguins, cormorants, iguana and seals. An excellent trip…marvellous contrast of scenery and wildlife between the different locations. Many thanks!

Mrs E H - Cambridge.