Ecuador Activities & Attractions

Outdoor Activities in Ecuador and the Galapagos

Ecuador offers a myriad of wondrous natural and cultural environments to be explored. Nowhere else in Latin America can you find such a diversity of landscapes, playscapes, climates, and cultures in such a compact and easily accessible area.

Between the Andes mountains, the Amazon rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, coastal beaches, and mangrove forests, outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the incredible variety of adventures to choose from.

From late-night wildlife to people who have lived out in the wild for millennia, Ecuador is a great place to meet interesting folks in remarkable places.

Here are just a few of the many things to do in Ecuador:

With so many options, there is something for everyone in Ecuador and the Galapagos!

Use to plan your trip with one of these recommended tour operators:

Adventure Life – specializes in cruises to the Galapagos Islands, tours of Ecuador, and trips that combine Ecuador’s Galapagos with Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Latin Trails – operates some of the top-rated yachts cruising the Galapagos Islands like the Sea Star Journey and Seaman Journey, in addition to trips to mainland Ecuador’s Amazon, Quito, and even Peru.

Surtrek – has been helping adventurous travelers discover the best of Ecuador, the Galapagos, Peru, and nearly all of South America for over 25 years. Their unique itineraries uncover the experiences and destinations that few travelers get to see.

Gulliver Travel – based out of Quito is an excellent headquarters for all types of active adventures such as hiking, trekking, biking, horseback riding, and even 4×4 off-road trips exploring the best of Ecuador.

Bertini Tours –  Bertini Tours offers mini-tours, tailor-made tours, city tours, and extra services like airport pick-up and drop-off. In addition to customized tour packages, Bertini Tours also offers spectacular Galapagos Cruise Tours on outstanding cruise ships and a wide selection of tours to the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador.

Via Natura Galápagos – offers excellent-value Galapagos cruises on the Monserrat yacht, stays at Casa Natura Galapagos Ecolodge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, and a variety of trips to mainland Ecuador, the Amazon, and even Peru and Bolivia.

Provider Spotlight

Free Galapagos Trip Planner at Galapagos Islands .com – easily plan your Galapagos vacation online, find great value, and a wide selection of customized Galapagos cruises and vacations.

Galapagos Tour Experts – Adventure Life Specialize in luxury Galapagos cruises, and land-based Galapagos tours. Adventure Life can help you design the perfect trip to Ecuador. As seen in Outside Magazine, NatGeo, and the New York Times.

Voyager Galapagos Tours haS excellent Galapagos cruise deals & last-minute offers, and land-based Galapagos tours (aka Island Hopping).

Galapagos & Ecuador Insiders use their local expertise to assist you in planning the perfect Galapagos cruise or Ecuador tour for your precise budget, needs, and interests.

Latin Trails craft customized journeys to the Galapagos Islands, the Ecuador mainland, the Amazon rainforest, and Peru. They operate the highly-rated Galapagos cruising yacht: Seaman Journey and the day tour yacht the Galapagos Hopper.

Andando Tours – Pioneers in Galapagos tourism. Two generations of sailing and shipbuilding showcase unparalleled knowledge in creating the most unique Galapagos Cruises. Owners & Operators of S/S Mary Anne & M/Y Passion.

Gulliver Expeditions – Learn more about our Ecuador ToursPeru ToursEcuador Climbing Expeditions, Galapagos Land Tours, and Machu Picchu Tours. Gulliver Expeditions offer fantastic travel experiences since 2005.

Surtrek Galapagos Cruises – has offered exceptional custom-designed trips to the Galapagos for over 20 years. They now bring their brand of off-the-beaten-path trips to other countries in South America such as Peru’s Machu PicchuBolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats, and Chile’s Atacama Desert.

ViaNatura – provides excellent value Galapagos cruises on the Monserrat yacht, a luxury cruise experience on the Hermes yacht, and a variety of tours in Ecuador and Peru.

Exclusive Galapagos Cruises, part of the EQ Touring group – specializes in private Galapagos yacht charters. They can help your group find the perfect yacht that matches your needs at a price negotiated by a true insider who has been doing charters in the Galapagos for decades.

Outdoor Activities in Ecuador and the Galapagos

Sitting on a picturesque white-sand beach nestled in la Bahía, it was hard to imagine anything that would stop a passerby from missing the natural spectacle that unfolds each evening in the small fishing village of Crucita….
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We have assembled a comprehensive list of Ecuador’s top museums, including their hours of operation, addresses, and phone numbers…
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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Cuenca through its captivating museums, where history, art, and heritage converge to tell the story of this vibrant Ecuadorian city….
Besides Carnaval and Semana Santa, celebrated nation-wide, notable festivals in the Highlands include Latacunga’s Mama Negra, and Otavalo’s Inti Raymi and Yamor….
This section of Ecuador Spas & Hot Springs offers information about Spas and Thermal Hot Springs in Ecuador…
Galapagos is one of the world’s premier SCUBA diving destinations featuring diverse marine life…
With over 1500 species of birds, Ecuador offers more bird diversity in less space than any other country in the world….
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Recommended museums in Carchi and Imbabura provinces…