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  • Ecuador's Amazon is the perfect complement to a Galapagos cruise. read more

  • Colonial Quito and coastal Guayaquil are the gateways to the Galapagos Islands. read more

  • Ecuador's rainforest is a nature lover's paradise. read more

  • Amazon lodges showcase the best of Ecuador's nature, culture and sustainability. read more

  • A huge diversity of wildlife resides in Ecuador's upper Amazon River region. read more

  • In Ecuador's Andes mountains, traditional life offers authentic travel experiences. read more

Ecuador

From the highlands of the majestic Andes Mountains to the rainforest of the Amazon to the brilliant wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador harbors more natural and cultural diversity than any other destination. Adventure travel means hiking, biking and rafting among abundant wildlife and ancient Inca ruins, and modern living culture is experienced from upscale haciendas and wilderness lodges.

Ecuador Travel Experts

The small ship and adventure travel experts at AdventureSmith Explorations can show you the best Ecuador has to offer. We have extensive knowledge and experience traveling in the country's numerous regions, and are constantly updating our itineraries to cater to the styles of our travelers.

Gateway to the Galapagos - Explore Ecuador

Ecuador offers so much in addition to the famed Galapagos Islands. Complement your Galapagos cruise with our all-inclusive Galapagos Cruise Package in Quito or Guayaquil, or extend your cruise with further explorations of mainland Ecuador. 


Anakonda Amazon Cruise
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Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Cruise the spellbinding tropical rainforest of the Ecuador Amazon aboard the 40-guest Anakonda. This inspiring rainforest journey includes visits the magical flooded forests at the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve and the untamed wilds within the Yasuni National Park.
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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise
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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

The Cuyabeno Natural Reserve, Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador), Limoncocha Biological Reserve, canoe expeditions and an observation tower await your visit the Ecuador's Amazon aboard the eco-friendly 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer.
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Ecuador Amazon Adventure
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Ecuador Amazon Adventure

Explore the incredible diversity and wildlife of the Amazon from one of our exceptional wilderness lodges. Daily hikes and paddles, led by expert resident guides, explore canopy platforms, parrot licks and rainforest wildlife.
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Otavalo Escape
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From $750
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Otavalo Escape

Enjoy an in-depth and relaxed experience of Otavalo and Ecuador's Highlands, famous for enduring Andean culture, artisans, haciendas, nature reserves, beautiful landscapes, regional cuisine and the world-famous Otavalo market.
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Andes Highland Haciendas
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From $1595
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Andes Highland Haciendas

Visit rural Andean villages known for handmade crafts, the world famous market at Otavalo and take a guided hike between rural indigenous villages high in the Andes Mountains. Accommodations include luxurious, centuries-old haciendas, now converted into comfortable inns and living museums.
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Mashpi - Rainforest Tour
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Mashpi - Rainforest Tour

Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve is located in one of the most important global “hot spots” of biodiversity: the Tumbez-Chocó-Darién. Considered one of the richest on Earth, it features an exceptionally high level of endemism, which the Mashpi Lodge features year-round access and activities amongst.
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Galapagos Cruise Package
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Galapagos Cruise Package

Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have created this Galapagos Cruise Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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Located on the equator in the northwest corner of South America, Ecuador is a land of startling contrasts encompassing verdant tropical rainforests, cool green highland valleys and glistening lakes, ice-capped Andean mountains, palm-fringed beaches and the extraordinary Galapagos Islands. Our mainland Ecuador itineraries access diverse landscapes utilizing exciting activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting and biking with a focus on the nature, history and culture of the region. Follow the equator to trace the path of Inca and pre-Inca cultures while experiencing today's living culture of mainland Ecuador. Actively explore from the Andes to the Pacific on our multisport adventures. Discover the sacred Rio Umpano on a thrilling rafting expedition down this remote and spectacular river. Our expert naturalist guides interpret the regions archeology and history while fostering intimate cultural encounters with local people. They are experts at finding wildlife and know the unknown trails and routes.

Follow the equator to trace the path of Inca and pre-Inca cultures while experiencing today's living culture of mainland Ecuador. Actively explore from the Andes to the Pacific on our multisport adventures.

Accommodations include upscale mountain lodges, eco resorts, rustic but comfortable hosterias, inns estancias and hotels. Most visitors to Ecuador choose an expedition cruise aboard a yacht through the Galapagos Islands, a showcase of nature and evolution. We reserve only the best small ships and yachts providing unparalleled access to the best sites in the archipelago as well as the highest level of safety and comfort.

Mainland Ecuador's stunning diversity is neatly divided into four regions. The sierra, dominated by the spectacular chain of Andes Mountains is punctuated by over 30 volcanoes and a series of high plateaus about 8,000 feet above sea level. This is the agricultural and indigenous heartland of Ecuador, a patchwork of fields crawling up mountainsides, stately haciendas, dozens of remote communities and historic cities including Quito. The Oriente extends from the Andes into the upper Amazon Basin. This exhilarating, exotic region is covered by dense tropical rainforest and known to be one of the planets most biodiverse regions featuring abundant tropical wildlife and over 1,600 species of birds. West of the sierra, the coastal region is formed by a fertile alluvial plain used for growing tropical crops such as bananas, sugar, coffee and cacao. The Pacific seaboard boasts a string of tropical beaches, mangroves and port towns. Six hundred miles of ocean isolate the Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador allowing this magnificent archipelago to become a hotbed of evolution, ecological diversity and abundant wildlife.

Lying directly on the Earth's equator, Ecuador has no real summer and winter. Weather patterns vary according to geography and temperatures are determined more by elevation than by season. Ecuadorians like to say that while there aren't four seasons during the year in Ecuador, you're likely to experience all four during any one day. So, the only thing predictable about the weather in Ecuador is its unpredictability.

Ecuador's Sierra Climate

The mid Andes highlands climate strikes a balance between the snow and ice-capped mountain peaks and the heat of lower elevations, resulting in a pleasant, comfortable "eternal spring." Day and night temperatures can vary dramatically with warm days and cool nights. The dry season in the highlands is June through September, with a short resurgence around Christmas. It does not rain every day during the wet season, but during April, the wettest month, you can expect rain on half the days. The moderate temperatures make Quito's climate one of the most pleasant anywhere in the world.

Ecuador's Oriente Climate

In the Oriente or Amazon jungle you should expect rain any time you visit. Precipitation peaks from June through August while September through December are the driest months. Much precipitation falls in brief yet predictable showers each afternoon, quickly clearing before a spectacular sunset.

Ecuador's Pacific Coast & Galapagos Climate

The climate of the Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are almost entirely influenced by the ocean currents. The warm Panama current from the north warms the water and brings warm sunny days with sporadic rains from January until April. The rain usually arrives in the afternoon, and often clears up by the early evening. From May to December both the cool Humboldt and Peru currents from the south cooler weather predominates, and rain is uncommon creating comfortable hiking weather. Although seas are rarely rough, trade winds cause the ocean to be choppier this time of year and a misty fog may linger into the day.

Ecuador Average Temperature & Rainfall

Quito

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 72 72 72 72 72 72 70 70 70 72 72 72
Avg. Low (F) 50 50 50 52 52 48 48 48 48 48 48 50
Rainfall (Inches) 4.7 5.2 5.9 6.8 5.2 1.9 0.8 0.9 1.9 5.1 4.1 4.0

 

Oriente

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 90 90 90 91 86 86 85 82 88 88 90 90
Avg. Low (F) 70 72 72 73 66 66 63 63 65 70 70 70
Rainfall (Inches) 12.2 12.2 15.7 17.4 16.9 18.3 13.0 12.3 15.2 17.1 15.1 14.1

 

Galapagos Islands

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
Avg. Low (F) 70 74 74 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
Water Temp. (F) 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
Rainfall (Inches) 1.5 2.1 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.2 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.8 1.5
Anakonda

Anakonda

The 18-suite M/V Anakonda is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, featuring air conditioning, fine dining and superior service.
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Hacienda Cusin

Hacienda Cusin

Hacienda Cusin is a restored 17th-century Andean estate at 8,500 feet, close to the Equator and only 20 minutes from the famous Otavalo markets.
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Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta lies in the Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet above sea level, and only two hours north of Quito. The Plaza family with their natural warmth and hospitality welcomes you to their country house and invites you to share life at an authentic, working hacienda.
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Hotel Oro Verde

Hotel Oro Verde

Hotel Oro Verde, located in downtown Guayaquil, Ecuador, offers guests a superb location in walking distance to many city attractions and a quick 8-minute drive to the airport.
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Hotel Patio Andaluz

Hotel Patio Andaluz

Hotel Patio Andaluz in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador, is a national treasure that holds in its walls the tales of history.
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La Selva Amazon EcoLodge

La Selva Amazon EcoLodge

One of the first Amazon rainforest lodges in Ecuador the award-winning La Selva was completely remolded in July 2012 and has become a premier eco-lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Located 60 miles from Coca down the Napo River in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, La Selva features 18 suites with the largest accommodations of any Ecuador rainforest lodge. 
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Manatee Amazon Explorer

Manatee Amazon Explorer

The 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer cruises Ecuador's Amazon in style and casual comfort. The vessel is certified by Smart Voyager and the Rainforest Alliance, entities that guarantee the sustainability of her operations.
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Mansion del Rio

Mansion del Rio

A premier boutique hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Located in front of Rio Guayas in the historic, artistic Las Peñas neighborhood, Mansion del Rio is our top Guayaquil accommodation for travelers wanting the best of Ecuador's largest city.
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Mashpi Andean Rainforest Lodge

Mashpi Andean Rainforest Lodge

Mashpi Lodge sits in the heart of a private reserve west of Quito, Ecuador, protecting one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots. The lodge adheres to the highest environmental standard and has a total of 22 rooms.
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Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center

The Napo Wildlife Center is part of an ecotourism project initiated by the Anangu Kichwa Community. The lodge features 16 luxury cabanas located on Anangucocha Lake, adjacent to the Napo river. Napo Wildlife Center is surrounded by a 53,000-acre rainforest biosphere reserve within Yasuni National Park. 
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Sacha Jungle Lodge

Sacha Jungle Lodge

Sacha Jungle Lodge is found within a private 5000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region. Sacha features 26 cabins carefully designed with traditional materials to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambiance. 
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