Ecuador Tours16 tours available
EC10 Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour
10 days from Quito to Quito
This Ecuador & the Galapagos tour is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive… Read more
EC12 Ecuador Tour
11 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Join us on this Ecuador tour, an exploration of the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most rewarding destinations. Along the… Read more
EC11 Experiential Ecuador Tour
14 days from Quito to Quito
Our Experiential Ecuador Tour is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive… Read more
PE12 Peru & The Galapagos Tour
14 days from Lima to Quito
Our Peru & The Galapagos Tour is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a fascinating sea-borne foray… Read more
EC13 Ecuador Tour
15 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Our 15 days of adventure on this Ecuador tour are well-spent on this thrill-ride of a tour, as we explore the rural and urban charms of one of South… Read more
EC14 Ecuador Tour
15 days from Quito to Quito
Striking a balance between exploration of the natural and man-made worlds, on this Ecuador tour we split our days in South America by experiencing a… Read more
PE13 Peru & The Galapagos Tour With The Nazca Lines
17 days from Lima to Quito
This Peru & The Galapagos Tour With The Nazca Lines is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a… Read more
EC15 Ecuador Tour
19 days from Quito to Quito
This 19-day Ecuador tour is an adventure that takes us into the Amazon Basin and amid the Galapagos Islands, two destinations that are so different… Read more
EP10 Ecuador & Peru Tour
22 days from Quito to Lima
Enjoy a varied sample of the abundance of South America as we travel to Ecuador, Peru and the Galapagos Islands on this exiting three-week Ecuador &… Read more
EP11 Ecuador & Peru Tour
26 days from Quito to Lima
For a comprehensive overview of the diversity and splendour of nature in South America, this thrilling Ecuador & Peru tour is definitely the one to… Read more
EP12 Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Tour
28 days from Quito to La Paz
Nestled in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano high in the Andes, Ecuador's capital city, Quito, boasts a wealth of attraction and a natural… Read more
PQ10 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour
28 days from Lima to Guayaquil
Lima, or 'The City of the Kings' as it was dubbed by Spanish conquistadors, is a city that enjoys world-renowned fame for its abundant attractions… Read more
PQ11 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour
31 days from Lima to Guayaquil
Peru's capital city was once called 'The City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors and it is here that we begin our 28-day Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour… Read more
EP13 Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Tour
32 days from Quito to La Paz
Pristine tropical jungle, exotic flora and teeming fauna serve as the most picturesque introduction to South America, as we begin our 36-day Ecuador,… Read more
PQ12 Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Tour
32 days from Lima to Quito
Home to more than one-third of the country's population, Lima is the must-see commercial and cultural hub of Peru and we take the initial couple of… Read more
More About Ecuador
Ecuador Tours by Adventures Abroad: Found nearly 1,000 km west of mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a natural marvel and a must-see for wildlife lovers. An archipelago of 12 large and several hundred smaller volcanic islands rose to international fame with the visit of Charles Darwin in 1835 and inspired his first theories of evolution. On our Galapagos & Ecuador tours, we enjoy up-close views of unusual, specially-adapted animals, plants and terrains including sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, land and sea birds, volcanic landscapes, unusual cacti and vegetation.
Birders have a unique opportunity on Galapagos and Ecuador tours to experience the unique diversity of the islands. One can spot an array of birds from Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Espanola mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird feeding near sea lion colonies.
Historically, very little is known if the islands were visited by a pre-Columbian culture. Some artifacts such as ceramics have been found, however, being such a far-flung island in the Pacific Ocean, it is deemed unlikely that the empires such as the Incas (who were not seafarers) reached the islands.
The first European landfall came in the 16th century as a boat heading towards Peru was blown off course in bad weather. In modern times, the Galapagos Islands are now one of the most popular destinations on our Ecuador tours.
For over three centuries, the islands were in occasional use as staging grounds for pirates hoping to attack Spanish ships and later as a base for whalers searching for whale oil in the region. It was during this time that a freshly independent Ecuador annexed the islands into their control.
Like most of South America, Ecuador fought for its independence in the early 19th century and ultimately won. The strength of its neighbours at the time ensured that Ecuador would not become a large country in size however the vast variety within its borders have put this country on a short list of the most bio-diverse countries in the world.
Although under Ecuadorian control, it was a British naturalist that would bring the most fame to the volcanic islands. Charles Darwin along with captain Robert Fitzroy sailed to the Galapagos in 1835 on a survey mission. While there, Darwin observed the unique volcanic geology and biology of the islands which later helped him create his theory on natural selection in relation to evolution, as documented in the book The Origins of Species.
The start of the 20th century saw small groups of Europeans start to inhabit some of the islands as well as an American military base be set up on Baltra Island.
In 1959, one hundred years after Darwin published his book the Origins of Species, the majority of the Galapagos was designated a national park with Ecuador & Galapagos tours highlighting the conservation as well as diversity of these islands.
The Galapagos are best seen by boat, with wet landings on coral sand beaches to explore sea lion populations, circumnavigations of inlets with volcanic tuff formations, walks among prickly-pear cactus forests, and plenty of opportunity to get close to unique animals or birds above and below the shoreline.
Join our Ecuador tours to experience all the wonders of this incredible destination.