Blessed with a bonanza of perfect beaches and the remarkable Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s wealth of natural riches make it a one-stop shop for incredible real life experiences. Come and indulge in a scoopful of the Amazon rainforest, a generous helping of the Andes and a refreshing glass of colonial Quito - Ecuador makes for a scrumptious serving of South America’s best.
|Departing||Trip name||Days||From USD|
|Galapagos Adventure - Northern Islands (Daphne)||7||
|Pure Galapagos (Daphne)||8||
|Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands - (Daphne)||6||
|Complete Galapagos - (Daphne)||10||
|Galapagos on a shoestring||7||
|Ultimate Galapagos - Central Islands (Daphne)||10||
|Galapagos Island Hopping||8||
|Ecuador on a shoestring||8||
Our Ecuador trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 560 reviews in the last year.
This is not for the website but you don't have a general comments section - The guide in Quito that we had for our first day was really not great. She had very little knowledge of the trip and any questions we asked she said she would have to find out about. She also took us on a 'tour' of the old town which was more basic then the short paragraph you'd normally get in a guide book. She was nice and friendly but she just didn't have the knowledge that I would expect.
Review submitted 19 Oct 2017
An incredible experience made easy, safe and fun by our amazing guide. So good to be able to relax and know that things are well planned and just get on with enjoying the stunning beauty of the Galapagos Islands which are simply incredible.
Review submitted 19 Oct 2017
See huge Galapagos tortoises in the wild
Wander Quito’s history-infused colonial streets
Chill out in the parks and plazas of Cuenca
Swim through the rich underwater worlds of Santa Fe Bay
Spot exotic wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest
Shop for hand-crafted treasures in the markets of Ecuador
ECUADOR TOURIST VISA
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
Citizens of the Republic of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia, require an appropriate visa to enter Ecuador.
Tipping isn't mandatory in Ecuador, but feel free to round up the bill or leave spare change at restaurants and cafes. Some restaurants may already include a 10% service charge, in which case, an extra tip isn't required.
Ecuador's cities and tourist centres have internet access available in internet cafes and hotels. Less internet access is available in rural and remote areas, so prepare to disconnect when leaving the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Ecuador's cities and metropolitan areas, although expect limited coverage in remote, mountainous and isolated areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone while in Ecuador.
Ecuador's toilets are a mixture of flushable toilets and squat toilets, so be prepared to encounter both. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Short bus ride = US$0.20
Juice = US$1
Street food snack = US$1.50
Simple lunch = US$3-5
Sit down dinner at a cafe or restaurant = US$10
Travellers should avoid drinking tap water in Ecuador. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this. Remember to peel fruit and vegetables before eating and avoid ice in drinks.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash. Be sure to carry multiple methods of payment as credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Ecuador.
ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren't always available.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Ecuador go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ecuador/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
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