When considering travel to Ecuador, the singular Galapagos Islands are the first destination that comes to mind for many. With pristine beaches, clear seas, and extraordinary wildlife found nowhere else in the world, this is understandable. However, mainland Ecuador has much to offer as well.
The dense rainforests, volcanic landscapes and dramatic Andes mountain range that cover this small country are full of adventurous and unique travel experiences. In addition, Ecuador is home to dynamic and diverse indigenous cultures, charming colonial towns, and sophisticated metropolitan centers.
Depending on your interests, Ecuador travel can consist of outdoor adventure activities such as trekking and mountain climbing in the Andes, staying at a remote Amazon lodge and visiting Cotopaxi volcano. For travel centered around culture and history, options include exploring fascinating towns (such as beautiful Cuenca), browsing vast indigenous markets, and enjoying the sophisticated cuisine and engaging history and art in the capital city of Quito.
Whether your travel to Ecuador´s mainland is a stand-alone journey or one that includes a Galapagos Islands cruise or land-based program, you´ll have a wonderful time. With direct flights from Lima to both Quito and Guayaquil, travel to Ecuador is an excellent and convenient combination with a Peruvian tour. Ayni Peru is here to help you plan, either with a custom Ecuador tour or planned itineraries to choose from. Our About the Galapagos Islands blog is a great place to start, or contact us today!