Things to Do in Ecuador

Astonishing wildlife, smouldering volcanoes, picturesque colonial towns and colourful markets are just the start of fantastic things to do in Ecuador. It is the second smallest republic in South America and yet offers many places to visit.

Things to do

Ecuador highlights include everything an adventurous visitor could wish for, from fascinating towns to explore in Southern Ecuador and the Central Highlands, to dramatic scenery and biodiversity in the Amazon Basin and Galapagos Islands. Our Ecuador tours have been designed to maximise things to do in Ecuador based around your interests. From active trekking and diving itineraries through to more sedate fine dining and cruising tours you will be sure to experience the Ecuador wildlife firsthand. If you’re not sure what to do in Ecuador then get in touch. A member of our Ecuador team will talk you through some of the best things to do in Ecuador and the best time to visit for different things to do.

Activities for kids at Hacienda Zuleta

Activities for kids at Hacienda Zuleta

Otavalo, Ecuador

Hacienda Zuleta is a wonderful destination for families, offering activities in abundance to keep little ones entertained. From bonfires to kite flying and mountain biking to kayaking there is bound to be something to capture their interest.

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Birding at Hacienda Zuleta

Birding at Hacienda Zuleta

Otavalo, Ecuador

Home to an incredible diversity of birds, Ecuador is a wonderful destination for birding enthusiasts and Otavalo is no exception. Its location within the dramatic Andes means it is home to the Andean condor amongst other rare species.

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Butterfly Farm at La Selva

Butterfly Farm at La Selva

Amazon, Ecuador

Visit the butterfly farm at La Selva to learn about the biology of these beautiful creatures and gain a better understanding of each of the different stages of life. Don't forget your camera!

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Canoeing along the Napo River

Canoeing along the Napo River

Amazon, Ecuador

Explore the rainforest deeper as you embark on a journey along the Napo River by traditional paddle canoe. Reach narrow creeks as you search for wildlife with your specialist guide. Look out for monkeys, giant otters and a variety of unusual bird species.

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Cerro Puntudo hike

Cerro Puntudo hike

Galapagos, Ecuador

Pass through beautiful scenery and Miconia forest as you hike up to the top of Cerro el Puntudo to take in glorious views of the island of Santa Cruz, and on a clear day views of the neighbouring islands.

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Complimentary activities at Casa Gangotena

Complimentary activities at Casa Gangotena

Quito, Ecuador

Exclusive to guests staying at Casa Gangotena, a collection of complimentary, daily activities have been introduced to get under the skin of Quito's culture and history. Activities begin daily at 6pm.

Day 1 - Otavalo to Quito - Tren Crucero

Day 1 - Otavalo to Quito - Tren Crucero

Central Highlands, Ecuador

Begin your journey in the northern Andes, driving towards Otavalo which is famous for its vibrant indigenous market. Pass snow-capped volcanoes and fertile valleys as you travel through constantly changing scenery.

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Day 1 - Your Ecuadorian Me to We Experience Begins

Day 1 - Your Ecuadorian Me to We Experience Begins

Amazon, Ecuador

Your Ecuadorian Me to We experience begins today, with a boat trip down the Napo River to Minga Lodge offering an opportunity to learn about the local Amazonian life.

Day 2 - Quito to Riobamba - Tren Crucero

Day 2 - Quito to Riobamba - Tren Crucero

Central Highlands, Ecuador

Today you will head towards Riobamba, passing through spectacularly dramatic scenery and visiting a rose plantation on the way to Ambato. Ecuador is one of the world's largest exporters of roses and this gives an insight into the importance of the trade.

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Day 2 - Starting Me to We Project

Day 2 - Starting Me to We Project

Amazon, Ecuador

Today sees you start work on a Me to We project, before discovering more about life in this rural area with an afternoon spent working with a local farmer.

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