ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
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, huge expanses of rainforest, bird-filled cloud forests, snow-capped mountains and an extensive Pacific coastline.
TAILOR-MADE ECUADOR TOUR ITINERARIES
Best time to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:
The influence of the Andes causes the climate of Ecuador to vary considerably between regions. The 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 generally 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. It is 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.
The islands are strongly affected by El Niño events which can dramatically alter the weather at any time.
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In this comprehensive yet well-paced itinerary the Amazon rainforest is complemented perfectly by the Andean cloud forest and a superb seven-night cruise of the Galapagos islands. Find out more...
This compact itinerary focuses on two exceptional natural wonders: the species-rich rainforests of Amazonia and the enchanted isles of the Galapagos. Find out more...
An extra-special itinerary for those wishing to tour Otavalo and Quito in style and visit the Galapagos in comfort, staying on land rather than aboard a boat. Find out more...
Discover the highlights of mainland Ecuador including colourful Otavalo market, the flora and fauna of the Amazon, the colonial splendour of Quito and Cuenca and beautiful Andean scenery.Find out more...
Explore the major highlights of Ecuador at a wonderfully affordable price, combining many scenic mainland sites with three nights on Darwin’s beloved Galapagos Islands to marvel at the remarkable semi-tame wildlife.
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