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By South American standards, Ecuador—which is about the size of Oregon—is a tiny country, but one that nevertheless packs a punch. Several distinct bands of landscape, each with vastly different climates and geographies compose the nation: the Amazon; the Andes and its high-altitude city of Quito; the cloud forest; the coast; and the Galapagos Islands. And if that doesn’t provide enough cartographic excitement for you, the country also straddles the equator and proudly hosts the Middle of the World (“Mitad del Mundo”) monument just north of Quito.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in the Chocó Jungle with views of flora and fauna at Mashpi Lodge
  • Experience…a nature walk led by expert guides in the magical cloud forest
  • Eat…homemade ceviche with freshly popped popcorn
  • Drink…refreshing passion fruit juice upon returning from a hike
  • Savor…that Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar and is in the same time zone as New York
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

Lay of the Land

The Amazon sits in the east of Ecuador and borders the Andes mountain range, home to the capital, Quito. The cloud forest is located in the Andean foothills to the northwest of Quito, and at a lower altitude. There are beautiful beaches along the Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are about 650 miles due west in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Entry Requirements: The Ecuadorian government requires that all travelers entering the country carry proof of private health insurance coverage during their entire stay in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos. If the traveler cannot provide proof of said insurance, Ecuadorian immigration officers can deny entrance to the country.

When to Go

While weather doesn’t vary much throughout the year, June through August is known to be Ecuador’s dry season.

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