The Andean nation appears diminutive besides its far larger neighbours, but dismiss this incredible country at your own peril. From the towering peaks of the Andes to the lush Amazon rainforest and the pristine beaches of the Pacific coast, there is no shortage of sights to see and experiences to enjoy in this captivating country. No visit to Ecuador would be complete without exploring the Galapagos Islands, a haven of unique wildlife and pristine natural beauty. Witness the majesty of giant tortoises, swim with playful sea lions, and discover the unique ecosystems that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

For those seeking adventure, the Andes offer endless opportunities for hiking, climbing, and exploring traditional indigenous cultures. The colonial city of Quito, nestled in the Andean highlands, boasts a rich history and impressive architecture, while the charming town of Baños offers hot springs and thrilling outdoor activities. If that wasn’t enough to the east lies the Amazon rainforest, where visitors can experience the incredible biodiversity of one of the world’s most important ecosystems. From birdwatching to exploring indigenous communities, the Amazon offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

Top Recommendations

  • Go wildlife watching in the Galapagos Islands and spot giant tortoises, water-loving iguanas and sea lions
  • Explore the country’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital Quito, for its colonial architecture and famous Plaza de la Independencia
  • Experience the vast and biodiverse Amazon Rainforest
  • Hike the Andes amid the striking scenery of the Quilotoa Loop
  • Relax on the beaches of the pacific coast, home to beautiful beaches and towns such as Montanita, Ayampe and Canoa
  • Forge a route along the Avenue of Volcanoes, a scenic route that runs through the Andes Mountains

When to Visit

The best time to visit Ecuador depends on where you plan to go, although there is an argument for it being a year-round destination. The highlands are generally best visited from June to September, during the dry season when the skies are clear and the temperatures are mild. The Amazon rainforest is best visited from November to March when there is less rainfall and more wildlife sightings. While the Galapagos Islands can be visited year-round, peak season is from June to August and December to January.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Quito & the Galapagos Islands.