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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…
La Casona de la Ronda
Best for: Culture History, Family, Honeymoon
Located on a cobbled street in Quito’s bohemian La Ronda neighbourhood, La Casona de la Ronda is an evocatively restored 18th-century colonial mansion brilliantly located for exploring Ecuador’s capital and boasting great views across the city rooftops.
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Surrounded by art galleries, cafes, churches and quirky shops, La Casona de la Ronda is a small boutique heritage hotel right in the heart of historic Quito. The hotel’s 22 en-suite rooms are all arranged around a central courtyard, and simply but stylishly decorated with wooden floors and colonial-style furnishings, and come with the requisite facilities for a comfortable stay.
There are plenty of places to relax. Sink into comfortable sofas in the living room with its charming historical detailing, climb up a spiral staircase to the roof and enjoy superb views across the city past the church spires towards El Panecillo Hill, and admire the interior courtyard’s amazing vertical garden, planted with over 150 species of native plants and orchids. The hotel is owned by a well-known Quito restaurateur, and you can enjoy tasty local dishes.
La Casona really manages to capture the feeling of old Quito, but it’s great to get out and explore the bustling streets, baroque churches and magnificent squares of this UNESCO World Heritage city. The immediate neighbourhood of La Ronda is filled with cafes and bars (including Inti Peña, at barely an arm-span wide, possibly the world’s narrowest) where you can engage with the locals over game of cuarenta. There is also a nearby rainforest reserve and wildlife centre to visit.
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.
Pacari Chocolate Experience
Enjoy a tour to Pacari's tasting room in the bohemian La Floresta neighbourhood, which showcases the process of creating the best chocolate in the world.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Quito and the Galapagos Islands
Embark on a Galapagos voyage, where you will discover the Galapagos' most iconic wildlife and most recognised island landscapes. See the best of these volcanic islands and experience a trip like no other to Darwin's wildlife wonderland.
Quito, Galapagos, Bogota, Coffee Triangle & Cartagena
This all-encompassing itinerary combines the best bits of Colombia with the Galapagos Islands. Discover lush dramatic landscapes, colonial charm, and an array of incredible wildlife, all whilst staying in boutique and characterful accommodation.
Quito and Galapagos Islands
Explore the colonial city of Quito before embarking on an unforgettable tour of the Galapagos. Hopping between the islands, discover the iconic wildlife and stunning scenery on extensive day trips to some of the islands most beautiful locations.
Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Quito, Galapagos Islands
Discover the highlights of Peru and combine the culture of Lima, history of Cusco and scenery of Machu Picchu on this incredible tour before cruising the Galapagos and witnessing Darwin's wildlife wonderland.
Quito, Otavalo, Galapagos
The diversity of Ecuador means there is truly something for everyone. Spend a few days exploring the mainland before heading to the Galapagos, an incredible natural playground for kids and adults alike! Get stuck in and feel like a true explorer!
Quito, Mashpi Cloud Forest, Otavalo, Galapagos Islands
This honeymoon takes you on a trip of a lifetime and combines the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure whilst you explore the highlights of Ecuador and the Galapagos. Packed with culture, wildlife, dramatic landscapes and romance, this trip has it all.