Fully private and luxury trips to this charming, easy and under-discovered country
Ecuador is a beautiful and exceptionally varied country with a range of distinct geographical environments. From the coastal region, where you’ll find Guayaquil, the country’s biggest city and main port to the Galapagos Islands, to the highlands of the Andes where beautiful mountain scenery and indigenous communities await, there is so much to discover. Ecuador doesn’t allow its visitors to become complacent, as there is always another landscape and adventure to discover.
- Discover the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos
- Explore Quito, the world’s first ever UNESCO city
- Immerse yourself in Ecuador’s remarkable cloud forests
- Sample the delicious Ecuadorian cuisine
- Encounter volcanoes and hidden Incan ruins around the Andes
- Enjoy the relaxed, bucolic pace of life around the Otavalo
For nature and wildlife lovers, there are exceptional places to discover, including the cloud forest north west of the capital of Quito, where you can spot beautiful hummingbirds, hike and swim by waterfalls in crystalline natural pools. There is also the world-famous Amazon, where wildlife is its most diverse, giving you the chance to spot anything from jaguars to tapirs to bright-billed toucans.
Ecuador’s cities are just as abundant with culture and history as its jungles are with wildlife. The capital, Quito, is a vibrant city home to the fascinating and visually stunning Compañía de Jesús and La Capilla del Hombre (Chapel of Man), an art museum designed by the artist Oswaldo Guayasamín and dedicated to the people of Latin America.
Over in the Otavalo area you can see examples of beautiful Ecuadorian craftsmanship at the artisan markets. Here, locals adorn their famous traditional dress, known around the world for its unique woven designs.
Arguably the country’s most awe-inspiring features come in the form of its spectacular volcanoes, such as Cotopaxi and Chimborazo where, due to its location upon the equatorial bulge, its summit is the farthest place on the earth’s crust from the earth’s core.
And, of course, mainland Ecuador ties in beautifully with a trip to the Galápagos Islands. It’s well worth spending some extra time discovering the cities, rainforests, volcanoes and markets that make this such an exciting and vibrant country.
Whatever you are looking to explore, Ecuador will never disappoint. Get inspired by browsing through some of our most popular example trips below. Then call one of our expert Ecuador Travel Designers to start planning the journey of a lifetime.
Ecuador can offer so much variety to all traveller types. It boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a Capital (Quito), an avenue of stunning volcanoes, one of the continents largest craft markets, Amazonian lodges where you can completely switch off – and not to mention The Galapagos, for some of the best close encounter wildlife experiences you could wish for!
Our top Ecuador example trips
Had a great time in Ecuador and thanks to the excellent arrangements made by Jess and Omar at Jacada. They were very professional , efficient and very helpful.
We decided to go to Ecuador last minute. Jacob put together an amazing trip in no time, fulfilling all expectations. Perfect choice of lodges and cruise, the guides were outstanding. Transfers between Quito, Mashpi, the Galapagos and the Amazon were very well organized. I would definitely use their services again! Thanks Jacob and the #jacadatribe!
We just returned from our first trip with Jacada, a custom Ecuadorian Highland itinerary focusing on exceptional cloudforest and mountain scenery, biodiversity, unique local ( and historic) boutique accommodations, and lovely cultural experiences. My husband and I are well travelled for over 40 yrs, and I would say that we have had may lovely luxury and scenic itineries, But Jacada…
Would recommend Jacada without reservations. Excellent service and choices.
Jacada goes above and beyond! My wife and I travel a great deal, and we have planned trips ourselves and worked with travel agents; however, we decided to give Jacada a try since our ideas for an Ecuador trip were getting complex. I reached out by email and Emily, a travel designer, called us shortly after. I had a lovely…
Inspiring destinations in Ecuador
Need to Know
- is the local time
- US Dollar is the local currency
- Quito is the capital city
- Encebollado is Ecuador's national dish
- Guayaquil is the country's largest city
When to go
Being so close to the equator means temperatures don't vary much throughout the year, making Ecuador a great year-round destination.
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