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The Amazon region of Ecuador, located to the east of the Andes, is one of the most accessible and travel-friendly areas of the upper Amazon basin and, biologically, the richest area of anywhere else on earth. 

There are innumerable varieties of flora, including some of Ecuador's 4,500 species of orchids, and many plants which hold medicinal value.  Wildlife such as butterflies, bats, monkeys, sloths, parrots, macaws, river dolphins and caimans are all relatively easy to view. 

The Ecuadorian Amazon offers a wide range of activities including swimming, canoeing, rain forest walks, bird watching and not forgetting some of the finest white water rafting routes in South America. 

The Amazon accounts for little more than 5% of the total population of the country, but here there are small communities of Indians such as the Huaorani, Cofan, Shuar, and Siona-Secoya who live in jungle villages and carry on with many of their ancient traditions.  A visit to these communities will be a highlight of your holiday to Ecuador.

There are some truely stunning lodges and camps in the Amazon, including Napo Jungle Lodge.


Useful info

Best time to be there

The Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
 


Best time to be there

June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes whilst the Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Active Ecuador

Nights: 11 | from £3,440pp

Our most comprehensive mainland Ecuador itinerary with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Explore it all from colourful markets, thermal waters,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Quito’s Reserves

Nights: 3 | from £880pp

Take time on the outskirts of this amazing city hiking volcanos and jumping into cloud forests and discovering species that are unique to this amazing... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys – Galapagos Wildlife Adventure 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,365pp

Cruise for seven nights aboard ‘Eclipse’ — an expedition vessel that blends stability, comfort and flexibility — in the Galápagos Islands Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Discover Galapagos & Ecuador

Nights: 14 | from £5,180pp

Combine a trip to the incomparable Galapagos Islands with a journey through the beautiful highland regions of Ecuador, discovering its artisan crafts... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Rainforest, Amazon and Galapagos

Nights: 13 | from £5,730pp

A nature-lover’s dream, this Ecuadorian adventure takes you from the Andes to the Amazon, with the Galapagos Islands in between, to appreciate the country’s... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

Hidden away in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, on the border of Yasuni National Park, is La Selva Eco Lodge, winner of the Ecotourism Award from the... Find out more

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MV Anakonda

Discover the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest in the most unique way on board the MV Anakonda. With a boutique feel this is the perfect choice for travellers... Find out more

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Napo Jungle Lodge

Napo Jungle Lodge was built in conjunction with EcoEcuador, a non-profit organisation dedicated to conservation efforts in Ecuador. It consists of ten... Find out more

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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean in our Travel Blog pages.

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