With its incredibly preserved 16th century towns and towering colonial churches, Ecuador is a living museum.

Named for its position on the globe’s equator, Ecuador offers travellers an experience of glorious Catholic architecture and stunning natural landscapes. Ecuador is considered to be home to some of the most beautiful churches in Latin America, from the mesmerizing golden interior of The Church of the Society of Jesus to the imposing beauty of La Merced. Outside of the cities, Ecuador abounds with treasures like steaming active volcanoes, sky-blue lagoons and crumbling Incan relics. 

Our Ecuador trips

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Go beneath the surface of South America on this trip through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia,...

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Island hop with Peregrine around the wildlife-rich waters of the Galapagos, with stops...

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Spot bright, bizarre and beautiful wildlife on this exciting adventure through the...

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All aboard for a wildlife-rich adventure through the Galapagos Islands with Peregrine,...

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Discover wildlife at its finest in the Central Galapagos Islands with Peregrine,...

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Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as you explore the incredible Galapagos...

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Explore the unique Galapagos ecosystem on this fascinating 10-day adventure with...

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Enjoy the ultimate in Galapagos exploration with Peregrine, taking in all of the...

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Be swept up in the passion and verve of the South American interior, travelling...

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Explore the wildlife-rich islands of the Galapagos on this Peregrine adventure to Isla...

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Embark on an immersive 13-day journey through the Galapagos Islands and experience the...

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Travel to Ecuador and join a 13-day Peregrine journey in the Galapagos’. Visit Isla...

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Be surrounded by nature's rare wonders on a remote Amazon adventure. This short but...

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Venture high into the Andes and discover the hidden treasures of Ecuador. This short...

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Starting and finishing in beautiful Quito, experience the Amazon Jungle at its best on...

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Ecuador tour reviews

Our Ecuador trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 27 reviews in the last year.

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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

Tipping isn’t commonly practiced in Ecuador, unless the service is exceptionally good. At high-end restaurants, there’s a 10% surcharge on the bill, and there’s no need to add extra. There’s no need to tip taxis but you may like to tip hotel porters. 

Internet is readily available in bit cities and urban centres but it is less available in rural and remote areas. 

There is good mobile coverage in major cities, but services are unreliable in rural and remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Ecuador has both Western-style toilets and squat toilets. You may like to carry some soap and toilet paper with because it may not be 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

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Ecuador. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

Credit cards are accepted in big cities at places like hotels, major shops and restaurants. However you’ll need cash when making purchases from small businesses, markets etc. 

ATMs are common in major cities but can be rare in rural and remote places. When travelling out to these areas prepare by carrying cash with you.  

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ecuador/public-holidays

Top Ecuador travel deals

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4 Aug 2018
Galapagos Encounter - Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
6 R40,595
R34,735
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11 Aug 2018
Galapagos Encounter - Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
6 R40,595
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11 Aug 2018
Classic Galapagos - Central Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
10 R74,130
R63,240
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14 Aug 2018
Galapagos Explorer - Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
7 R49,015
R41,892
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14 Aug 2018
Classic Galapagos - Central Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
10 R74,130
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25 Aug 2018
Ecuador to Peru Explorer
9 R28,135
R22,508
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15 Sep 2018
Classic Galapagos - Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
10 R74,130
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15 Sep 2018
Treasures of Galapagos - Western & Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
13 R99,145
R84,503
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15 Sep 2018
Grand Galapagos (Grand Queen Beatriz)
17 R133,030
R113,305
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18 Sep 2018
Galapagos Explorer - Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)
7 R49,015
R41,892
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