Ecuador

Billed as the "middle of the world," travelers will find there's nothing halfway about Ecuador. Spanish colonial history is preserve in cozy public squares and ornate cathedrals replete with Latin American baroque stylizing. Otalavo markets showcase indigenous wares and hand-woven blankets. Travel to Quito, Ecuador's capital, or take a luxury cruise from Baltra to the famed Galapagos Islands, our discount Ecuador travel packages have something for everyone.

Tours & Packages to Ecuador

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Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise
Vibrant & colonial Quito & Otavalo, then an unforgettable Galapagos Cruise, including various islands and unique ecosystems and wildlife
9 days  •  $5599 $5099
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights
Galapagos Islands Adventure
Explore the flora, fauna & spectacular scenery of two biodiverse Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz & Isabela
7 days  •  from $3099 $2499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise
Enchanting Lima, then to the Andes for Cusco & the lost world of Machu Picchu; plus picturesque Quito & a spectacular 4 night Galapagos Cruise
16 days  •  $7399 $6799
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights
Enchanting Ecuador
Picturesque Quito & the Amazon, Papallacta hot springs; then Ibarra & the Liberty Train to Salinas, El Angel Ecological Reserve & Otavalo market
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dates small group tour + flights
Enchanting Ecuador & Peru
Picturesque Quito & the Amazon Rainforest, Papallacta, Otavalo & its market, Colonial Lima, the Sacred Valley, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu & Cusco
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dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Ecuador? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Quito
Population:  16.39 million
Currency: U.S. dollar (USD)
Languages: Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC -5

Weather

Ecuador's climate is very varied. There is no perfect time to go see it all.

Coast: January to April is the rainy season with the warmest water currents, making it the most popular time to visit for surfers or snorkelers.
Highlands: June-September is the dry season and most popular time to visit.
Oriente: June-September are the wettest months. Lightweight clothing recommended.
Sierras: October-April is the rainy season. Sweaters and jackets are recommended at any time.

Quito is always moderate and the Amazon is always humid. Layers and a waterproof/ breathable jacket are recommended if you will be hiking in the mountains.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Ecuador for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Shop in Ecuador for genuine Panama hats, pottery, filigree jewelry, wool sweaters, wood carvings, ponchos, and Amerindian weavings and handcrafts.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no official vaccination requirements for entry into Ecuador, however, inoculations against yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis and malaria suppressants (for the Galapagos islands) might be recommended. Consult your physician.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

120/127 volts. Plugs A & B. No converters or adapters needed. view more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Tip 10% of the bill unless a service fee is included, additional small amounts are appreciated. Round up fare for taxi drivers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

  2. What about the new requirement to have medical and emergency travel insurance?

    Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently approved a new law requiring all travelers entering the country to have medical and emergency travel insurance.  The new law will take effect in February 2018.

    We wanted to inform our clients scheduled to visit Ecuador of this new legislation to give you ample time to purchase the necessary health and emergency travel insurance. In consideration of the above, feel free to take a look at our travel insurance options available online.

    You may also make your own travel insurance arrangements. You may add our comprehensive Travel Insurance to your reservations at any time prior to your final payment or with your final payment.

    We regret that we cannot offer our comprehensive Travel Insurance after the final payment has been received.

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We went on the Peru & Galapagos trip and loved it. The guides were terrific, the hotels were top notch, exceeding my expectations. The boat in the Galapagos had lovely large staterooms, good food, great naturalist guides, and was an overall excellent experience. I would do the trip again in a minute!

Pat Atkins, Fort McMurray, Alberta
Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos 2013–14

What a wonderful experience on this tour! Patricio, our guide was outstanding. His knowledge and love of Ecuador gave us a special insight into the country and its people. Edwin, our driver made the bus go places that looked impossible and did it in a way that we were always at ease. Patricio helped us and others with small things that came up during the trip. Patricio always did more than was expected and was a perfect gentleman. We would tour with Friendly Planet again without hesitation.

Leslie & Dwight Adams, New Brockton, AL
Exotic Ecuador