Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 05:14 pm
How to Choose Ecuador Tour Packages
Updated: April 10, 2018
When searching for your perfect Ecuador tour package, there is so much to choose from! Ecuador has 4 main areas to explore: The Andes, The Pacific Coast, The Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands. Imagine relaxing along the beaches of the exotic coast, hiking the green mountains of the Andes, experiencing the sights and sounds of the wildlife and landscape of the exotic Amazon Jungle, or taking an adventure cruise on a beautiful yacht to the Galapagos Islands! Here’s how to choose Ecuador tour packages from the wide variety of trips available.
Start in historical Quito and learn about the Incan culture in the historical old town. The Northern and Southern Hemisphere split this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city, which makes it the center of the world! Visit the La Compania Church covered in pure gold or take a stroll down the streets to see the brightly colored houses that line the streets. Don’t miss the Plaza Independencia, archaeological museums, and Avenida Amazonas, a popular street with many shops with local crafts.
From there you can take a day trip from the indigenous communities dotting the base of Mount Imbabura, to the white city of Ibarra with its peculiarly white homes and cobblestone streets, take the Chasi Antawa train through the Salinas Valley and end up at the famous Otavalo Indian Market. This is an indigenous market that provides a gathering place for locals to sell their colorful handcrafted goods, woven textiles, clothing and food.
The next day start your journey through The Cotopaxi Natural Park is great for bird watchers because of the open spaces filled with gulls, ducks, hummingbirds and condors. The highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi is one of many nearby volcanoes in the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Here you can choose to hike, mountain bike, ride horses or just simply enjoy the impressive views.
The next day you can take the Devil Nose Train, an adventurous train ride that descends through the Andes hills. The train passes through farmlands and traditional villages before a courageous vertical descent through switchbacks backwards and forwards! After an exciting train ride, you can visit the ruins of Inca Canari Ingapiraca Ruins that are considered one of the most important architectural sites in Ecuador. These ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into the culture of the Incas and Canari.
End your trip in Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. Lined with cobblestone streets and whitewashed red tiled buildings, international restuarants and art galleries, Cuenca has something for everyone. With an enjoyable climate all year long, many expats travel and live here. Visit the many markets where locals sell their handicrafts or historical museums to learn more about this cultural center of the Andes. For our most in-depth tour of Ecuador, try our Quito to Cuenca Ecuador tour package.
Experience the jungle life by staying in a lodge in the Amazon rainforest. With dense tropical forests, unexplored wilderness and sparsely populated indigenous tribes, Ecuador’s amazon rain forest is full of mystery and wonder. To enjoy this part of Ecuador, you can stay at an eco friendly lodge located deep in the jungle. Activities here include trekking through the forests, kayaking through rivers, swimming, bird watching, indigenous tribe visits, and of course, animal spotting including pink dolphins! Lodges are all inclusive and range from basic to luxurious. For a truly wild jungle experience, try our Amazon Ecuador Tour Packages.
The commercial center of the Pacific Coast is the city of Guayaquil. Teeming with nightlife, music, amazing seafood, beautiful tropical beaches, and its dry, warm climate its no wonder many expats decide to visit or retire in this city! There are many activities for people of all ages and lifestyles. You can relax by the beach, visit the amusement park, visit the bars and restaurants of Las Penas and visit the main shopping area and pedestrian walkway of 9 de Octubre. One of the most important beaches is Montanita Montanitas was a former fishing village but now is one of the most important surfing spots in South America. There are many lodges and hotels in this area if you are looking for surf or relaxing at the beach. If you want a mixture of city life and beaches, you should definitely think about our Ecuador tour package to Guayaquil.
Many people have dreamed about seeing the beauty of the Galapagos Islands, a small archipelago off the coast of Ecuador. All 13 islands are unique in their own way, including a cactus forest and volcanoes. The islands are most known for wildlife and marine life. Every day gives you the opportunity to see giant sea tortoises (including George, the only remaining Pinta tortoise whose age is estimated at 200 years old!) sea lions, penguins, many bird species including blue-footed boobies, iguanas and much more!
You can explore these islands by luxury cruises with air-conditioned suites, delicious tropical meals and have activities planned every day. There are 3, 4, and 7-night cruises. There are also options to stay on some the islands to enjoy scuba diving and have a more flexible schedule, so you can choose what works best for your travel preferences. The Galapagos Islands can be enjoyed all year round, so start planning your Galapagos Ecuador Tour Package now!
All Ecuador Tour Packages can be customized to align with your preferences for dates, destinations, hotels, excursions, transfers, flights and budget. Contact us now to start planning your Ecuador Tour Package!