Ecuador, the smallest country in Latin America behind Uruguay, is a major tourist destination thanks to the richness of its landscapes, natural wonders often perched at an altitude of a few thousand metres and deserted by man. Terrestrial paradises raised in the middle of the Pacific Ocean also, with the volcanic archipelago of Galapagos, a rich natural ecosystem listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that extends 1,000 km offshore. As large as half of France, nestled between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is developing on either side of the Andes Cordillera to join the Pacific coast and the Amazon rainforest at both ends. A playground and adventure area to explore with his tourist guide of Ecuador, composed of jungles, huge plateaus, fine sandy beaches, high altitude lakes and a wide range of volcanoes (about forty in total!), active or snow-covered. To go to Ecuador is to enjoy superb treks and breathtaking views, to surf like in Montanita or to meet cocoa producers in the footsteps of the oldest chocolate ever discovered. Ecuador also attracts with its delicious mix of indigenous and colonial cultures that brings together very diverse local populations but always rich in colour and tradition. With as architectural masterpieces, the historic hearts of the capital Quito and Cuenca, wonderfully preserved on the Andean plateau at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres.

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When to go to Ecuador?

There is not really a better time to go to Ecuador. The weather on the south coast will be fine from June to December (dry season) and rainier and warmer in the second part of the year, while in the Sierra, the climate is essentially the same all year round (spring) and varies with altitude, although there is still a rainy season from October to May with showers in the afternoon. In the jungle, the rainy season (even if the ambient humidity is continuous) extends from January to May, with heavy daily rainfall, often at the end of the day. Whatever the season, you will have to bring warm clothes, a swimsuit and a raincoat anyway...

The high tourist season extends from June to September, then from November to the end of March. The coastal beaches and Galapagos are popular with Ecuadorian holidaymakers in December, February and March. The other tourist peaks correspond to the many popular and/or religious festivals that take place throughout the year (Holy Week in April, Inti Raymi in June, Mama Negra in October or November, etc.).

How to go to Ecuador? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Tour operators specialising in stays in Ecuador produce their own trips and are generally very good advisors because they know the region inside out. It should be noted that their rates are often slightly higher than those of generalist travel agencies.

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The price variation depends on the company used, and especially on the booking time. For the best fares in high season, buy your tickets between four and six months in advance. For shorter periods, a much shorter time frame should not prevent you from getting a good price.

Domestic flights are frequent and serve major cities and the Amazon. They are rather cheap except to go to the Galapagos. The bus network serves the smallest village and is the most economical and popular means of transport, even if it is extremely time-consuming. The train has been reactivated in recent years, mainly for tourism purposes in the Andes Cordillera, on the Pacific coast and between Quito and Guayaquil.

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  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
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  • Tailor-made trip
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  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

There is not really a better time to go to Ecuador. The weather on the south coast will be fine from June to December...
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Weather forecast

The weather in Ecuador is regulated by the rainy and dry seasons. On the Andes Mountain Range, the rainy season runs...
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Budget

The national currency is the US dollar, which replaced the local currency known as sugar in 2000 due to instability.<...
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Formalities

For stays of less than three months, it is not necessary to apply for a tourist visa for Ecuador. Beyond that, it is...
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Health

In terms of health, the situations are very different between the coastal zone, large cities, central mountainous reg...
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How to travel by yourself?

The price variation depends on the company used, and especially on the booking time. For the best fares in high seaso...
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How to get organized?

Tour operators specialising in stays in Ecuador produce their own trips and are generally very good advisors because...
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Getting around

Domestic flights are frequent and serve major cities and the Amazon. They are rather cheap except to go to the Galapa...
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