Tours and Activities in Ecuador

You won't be at a loss for things to do while traveling in Ecuador. If you're someone who loves nature and the outdoors, you'll have your plate full visiting the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon Jungle, and the Andes Mountains. Cultural buffs can explore places like Quito and Cuenca, while adventure travelers will enjoy mountain biking, scuba diving, and whitewater rafting. There's something for everyone in Ecuador. Find out a little more about the activities that are available below.

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63 Things to Do in Ecuador

South Plaza Island, Ecuador
South Plaza IslandSanta Cruz

This tour will take you to South Plaza Island, which is the smallest island of the Galápagos. Despite its small size, this island still has a wealth of interesting wildlife.

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Bird Watching
Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Snorkeling
Espanola Island Tour, Ecuador
Espanola Island TourSan Cristobal

Located two hours from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island's flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world's only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross.

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Bird Watching
Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Snorkeling
San Cristobal Highlands Tour, Ecuador
San Cristobal Highlands TourSan Cristobal

Venture into the highlands of San Cristóbal on this tour. You’ll get to see some of the most interesting plants in the Galápagos and the only freshwater lagoon in the Galápagos. Your guide will provide snorkeling gear for your visits to the beaches.

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Bird Watching
Marine Wildlife
Nature Walk
Snorkeling
Kicker Rock - Leon Dormido Island Tour, Ecuador
Kicker Rock - Leon Dormido Island TourSan Cristobal

During the boat trip you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and you may see dolphins. Upon arrival at León Dormido we will navigate around the island to see the sea birds and sea lions, resting on the rocks. If you wish, you can snorkel — there is a good chance you will see the Galapagos shark, sea turtles, different types of rays, and a variety of fish. After that, you have some free time to enjoy the beach at Playa Ochoa or Playa Manglecito. Return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Scuba Diving
Snorkeling
Santa Fe Island Tour , Ecuador
Santa Fe Island Tour Santa Cruz

Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos archipelago. It only covers about 9 square miles , but offers an incredible proliferation of wildlife, both on land and in its surrounding waters. You’ll have plenty of time to observe the animals that live here – this tour begins at 8:00 AM, and lasts around 7 hours, returning to Puerto Ayora at 3:00 PM. It includes a break for lunch on board the yacht.

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Bird Watching
Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving
Snorkeling
Flight Inter Islands, Ecuador
Flight Inter IslandsIsabela

See the world famous Galápagos Islands from every angle when you choose an inter-island flight. Available to and from various islands within Ecuador's Galápagos Archipelago, this particular flight takes you from Isabela Island to Baltra or San Cristóbal. Experience the beauty of Ecuador to the fullest extent — on the ground and in the air.

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San Cristobal to Santa Cruz Inter-Island Boat Transfer , Ecuador
San Cristobal to Santa Cruz Inter-Island Boat Transfer San Cristobal

Looking for an easy way to get from San Cristóbal to Santa Cruz? There’s a ferry that leaves for Santa Cruz from San Cristóbal twice a day — choose from a 7 AM or 3 PM departure.

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Boat Transfer Inter-islands from Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Boat Transfer Inter-islands from Santa CruzSanta Cruz

It’s easy to hope on a ferry from Santa Cruz to other major islands in the Galápagos, like San Cristóbal and Isabela. Just like any boat tour in the Galápagos, this transfer offers incredible wildlife watching opportunities along the way.

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Punta Pitt Tour, Ecuador
Punta Pitt TourSan Cristobal

This all-day tour takes you to some of the highlights of San Cristobál’s landscape. Your tour begins with an early morning boat ride and lasts into the evening. This is a part of the Galápagos that you need a guide in order to see, and the views that you’ll get along the way are well worth the hiking. You’ll also get the chance to stop and snorkel around the beautiful bay and have lunch on board the boat.

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Bird Watching
Boat Tours
Nature Walk
Snorkeling
Mindo Full-Day Tour, Ecuador
Mindo Full-Day TourQuito

During this full-day tour, you'll explore the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. In Mindo, you'll visit waterfalls and a butterfly farm, and take a cable car over the forest.

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Bird Watching
Butterfly Gardens
Chocolate Tour
Nature Walk

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Floreana Island Tour, Ecuador
Floreana Island TourSanta Cruz

This tour takes you to explore Floreana Island, the island with arguably the most eccentric history in the Galápagos. It has seen its fair share of human activity, beginning with 18th-century whalers. On this tour you’ll see some remnants of that history, as well as plants and animals that are rare even by Galápagos standards—Floreana Island has its very own endemic species of finch called a medium tree finch, to offer just one example.

Guided Tours
Marine Wildlife
Snorkeling
Tour 360° in San Cristobal, Ecuador
Tour 360° in San CristobalSan Cristobal

The Galápagos is known for its stunning wildlife, and this tour takes you to some of the best wildlife attractions around San Cristobál. On this all-day tour, you’ll see famous sights like Punta Pitt, Cerro Brujo, and Kicker Rock. Along the way, you'll get to explore he volcanic scenery on hikes and snorkeling excursions. Don't worry about finding a vending machine in the middle of the ocean — snacks and lunch are included.

Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Sport Fishing
Volcanoes Full-Day Tour, Ecuador
Volcanoes Full-Day TourQuito

Ecuador has a chain of volcanoes known as the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” On this tour, you’ll take a train that passes by some of the area’s impressive volcanoes.

Cultural
Guided Tours
Cotopaxi Full-Day Tour, Ecuador
Cotopaxi Full-Day TourQuito

Reaching an elevation of 19,388 feet above sea level, Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. During this tour you'll visit the Cotopaxi National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Salinas: Humpback Whales, Ecuador
Salinas: Humpback WhalesSalinas

This tour takes you to the waters off the coast of Salinas to search for humpback whales. You'll also visit a small whale museum and enjoy lunch.

Marine Wildlife
Otavalo Full Day Tour, Ecuador
Otavalo Full Day TourOtavalo

This full-day tour visits Cayambe and Otavalo, the latter of which has one of the country's best outdoor markets. You'll try tasty Ecuadorian food and have the opportunity to purchase high-quality, locally produced handicrafts during this tour.

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Salinas: Humpback Whales, Ecuador
Salinas: Humpback WhalesGuayaquil

This tour takes you to the waters off the coast of Salinas to search for humpback whales. You'll also visit a small whale museum and enjoy lunch.

Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving in Galapagos, Ecuador
Scuba Diving in GalapagosSanta Cruz

Go on a diving tour off the coast of Santa Cruz to see sea lions, sharks, seals, eels, sea stars, and bat fish. Pick from three different dives sites — they all have their own thriving populations of rare sea life. You'll find that the water is warmest between November and April.

Boat Tours
Scuba Diving
Snorkeling
Isabela Island and Las Tintoreras, Ecuador
Isabela Island and Las TintorerasSanta Cruz

This tour takes you to see the wildlife that lives on Isabela Island and its surrounding waters. Your bilingual guide will supply you with interesting facts about the environment along the way.

Boat Tours
Snorkeling
The Gulf Of Guayaquil: Birds & Dolphins, Ecuador
The Gulf Of Guayaquil: Birds & DolphinsGuayaquil

This tour offers travelers a wonderful opportunity to see birds, dolphins, and other wildlife while exploring the Gulf of Guayaquil in Ecuador. It's a fun and interesting experience for travelers of all ages.

Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife




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