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Ecuador and Galapagos

Ecuador and Galapagos

A Latin American jewel

Spanning the equator on South America’s Pacific coastline, Ecuador is a relatively small but wonderfully varied country to explore.

From the east, its portion of the Amazon rises into the Andes where a string of colonial cities sit beneath snowcapped volcanoes, sloping down through lush cloud forests to the coastal plain. Trace the equator out to sea and you’ll find the Galapagos Islands, one of the great wildlife viewing destinations on earth.

For many, this legendary archipelago is reason enough to visit, island hopping on a yacht to meet its residents up close – lumbering giant tortoises, playful sea lions, a riot of marine species, Darwin’s finches, swimming iguanas and more.

But the mainland can also be an incredible setting for adventure and discovery. Paddle canoes through the rainforest, ride horses from historic haciendas, hike under the mighty Cotopaxi, learn from indigenous cultures, wander cobbled streets and step back in time.

What's the weather like

When to visit Ecuador and Galapagos

Ecuador enjoys 12-hour days year round and two main seasons – the rainy season from December to May and the dry season between June and November – though even in the rainy season most days are sunny. Altitude affects temperatures more than anything else. The Galapagos can also be explored in any month, but the rainy season does tend to have better underwater visibility and calmer, warmer waters.
  • 19
    °C
    108
    MM
    Quito rainy season
    December - May
  • 19
    °C
    61
    MM
    Quito dry season
    June - November
  • 27
    °C
    57
    MM
    Galapagos rainy season
    December - May
  • 24
    °C
    4
    MM
    Galapagos dry season
    June - December

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