Ecuador might be smaller than its heavyweight South American neighbours, but this audacious land stakes a legitimate claim as the continent's most complete package.

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. 

Top Ecuador travel deals

Departing Days From ZAR
6 Jul 2018
Galapagos Adventure - Northern Islands (Daphne)
7 R43,450
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7 Jul 2018
Grand Galapagos - (Grand Queen Beatriz)
17 R140,005
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7 Jul 2018
Treasures of Galapagos - Western & Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
13 R106,720
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7 Jul 2018
Classic Galapagos - Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
10 R84,195
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7 Jul 2018
Ecuador to Peru Adventure
9 R14,585
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10 Jul 2018
Classic Galapagos - South Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
10 R86,190
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10 Jul 2018
Galapagos Voyager - Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
14 R118,180
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10 Jul 2018
Galapagos Explorer - Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
7 R54,600
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10 Jul 2018
Ultimate Galapagos - Central Islands (Daphne)
10 R67,130
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11 Jul 2018
Pure Galapagos (Daphne)
8 R54,860
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Ecuador travel FAQs

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

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 27 Feb Carnival
  • 28 Feb Carnival
  • 14 Mar Good Friday
  • 1 May International Worker's Day
  • 26 May The Battle of Pichincha
  • 10 Aug National Day
  • 9 Oct Independence of Guayaquil
  • 2 Nov All Souls' Day
  • 3 Nov Independence of Cuenca
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Ecuador go to:

Responsible Travel

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.

Responsible travel in Ecuador

Top responsible travel tips for Ecuador

  1. Be considerate of Ecuador’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
  10. If travelling in the Galapagos, respect the biodiversity of this area by not removing anything from the island - except rubbish!

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