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The Ecuador Mainland is often overlooked by those heading straight to the Galapagos Islands, yet this little explored country is a destination made for travel. Home to soaring Andean peaks, Amazon wilderness, jagged coastline and cobbled colonial towns, Ecuador boasts all of South America’s allure, and more. Galapagos Islands aside, here are a few of our recommended wonders which highlight Ecuador as a mini South America.
Join our exclusive Imagine Latin America Small Group Tour, fully escorted by a local Tour Leader and Galapagos Naturalist Guide to experience the very best of Ecuador and the Galapagos’ prolific wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Enjoy scenic walks in Cotopaxi National Park and around the Sierra Negra Volcano, gain an insight into the Ecuadorian culture and spend six days discovering the wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Quito is Ecuador’s charming capital city, perched high in the Andean mountains in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano.
Latin America Specialist Sam re-lives his recent stint in Otavalo, a place known for its beautiful landscape and talented weavers and crafts...
Latin America specialist Sam has travelled the length of Ecuador in search of unique, characterful, and sustainable lodges and hotels to ensure we can offer you the best experiences possible. Read on to find out how he got on, and fall in love with the idea of exploring jaw dropping scenery and learning about the Ecuadorian way of life.
Ecuador’s stunning Andes region is famous for its outstanding trekking opportunities. We’ve handpicked five of our favourites to get you started!
Packed with cultural heritage, colonial charm and situated in the middle of the world, Quito is a fascinating capital. Offering a wealth of unique things to see and do, Imagine Latin America have conjured up their top five favourite experiences to enjoy in this fascinating city.
Horse riding has been a way of life in Ecuador’s sierra region for many centuries, with Ecuadorian horses famous for their strength and ability to trot up steep slopes at high altitudes. Horse riding is one of the best ways to get in touch with traditional Ecuadorian culture, as well as being a great way to soak up the country’s mesmerising landscape.
Latin America specialist Sonia left us all green-eyed with tales of her incredible trip to Ecuador and Galapagos, one of the most exciting and varied destinations to visit. Read on to find out what she did and where she stayed…
Best for: Imagine Favourites, First time, Honeymoon
Hotel Carlota is a beautiful boutique hotel in the historic centre of Ecuador's most charming city, Quito. Classic and timeless, Carlota exudes a sophisticated atmosphere and a cosy home-away-from-home amongst a bustling urban landscape.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, Quito continues to draw in international visitors due to the preservation of it's rich cultural heritage and picturesque cityscape.
Hotel Carlota sits amidst the earthen bricks of Quito's historical streets and seamlessly blends in with the city's Spanish architecture. Boasting a unique and authentic design, the hotel has been lovingly restored since it's former use as a local residence in 1905. Today, Carlota has been transformed and boasts modern features and luxury amenities whilst retaining it's historical allure.
As soon as you step into the lobby, Carlota displays a welcoming and homely atmosphere. The decor is stylish yet classic and you will immediately feel welcome. Just like it's original owners must have done, the designers have adorned table tops with ornaments and trinkets giving it an authentic feel. The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the common areas at the property. There is a relaxing reading room complete with a vast selection of books, beautifully decorated interior patios with seating areas and delicate flowers as well as a cosy lounge which boasts spectacular views of the city.
After a day of exploring, guests can be rest assured they can come home to a tantalising gastronomic experience. Offering creative international and local dishes with fresh produce, often from the hotel's own organic urban garden, the menu at the Bistro changes daily and provides guests with delicious meals for complimentary breakfast and lunch and dinner. Over the weekend, the hotel's rooftop lounge is open offering a privileged view of the city, handcrafted cocktails and mouth-watering canapes. Guests may also enjoy a more private experience in the Wine Cellar with an intimate tasting session.
With just 12 rooms, each individually designed to represent a different Ecuadorian bird, Hotel Carlota is an excellent choice for couples or honeymooners who wish to enjoy a peaceful stay in one of Ecuador's most romantic cities. Due to the building's former purpose as a home, each room varies in size and has it's own style and personality. Rooms have been decorated with warm colours and a mix of nostalgic and contemporary furnishings to highlight its traditional style yet keep it luxurious. Those wishing for more space can opt for a suite, our favourite being one which used to be the grand living room of the original 1905 residence.
When to go
All year round destination. Due to its position on the equator and its altitude, Quito’s temperature varies greatly between night and day. Daytime temperatures average 23-25ºC, while at night temperatures drop to around 10ºC. In general, days are clear in the morning and cloud over in the afternoon, with rain common in the afternoon. The drier season runs from the end of May to the end September, with another brief summertime in early December (which coincides nicely with the city’s fiestas).
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Enjoy a half day tour around Quito accompanied by a highly skilled photographer.
Ecuador by Rail: from the Mountains to the Sea
Enjoy a 4 day adventure on board the Tren Crucero as you journey from Otavalo high in the northern Andes, through the Avenue of Volcanoes and tropical forest until you reach the plains in the coastal region.
Quito: Colonial Walking & Cacao Tour
Quito was recognised in 1978 as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and today you will get to enjoy its magnificent old cathedrals, colonial plazas, and discover its rich history with the chocolate trade.
Visit the small village of Papallacta to bathe in natural hot springs and view the area's multitude of pristine lakes. Wildlife is also abundant around here, so keep your eyes peeled for wandering creatures and flying birdlife overhead.