Ecuador & Galapagos holidays from Wildlife Worldwide
Ecuador, as its name implies, straddles the equator. When combined with the Galapagos Islands, this land of startling contrasts offers wildlife enthusiasts the ultimate holiday. There are some 1650 bird species alone in an area the size of the UK. The staggering variety of terrain extends from the lush jungle of the Amazon Basin, across the desert-like paramo and perpetual snow-capped volcanoes of the high Andes, to the rocky marine paradise of the Galapagos archipelago.
Having risen from the seabed as a result of submarine volcanic activity, and never having been connected to another landmass, the Galapagos Islands have a unique biological identity. Millions of years of isolation have given rise to species endemic to the islands through the process of natural selection.
The absence of predators means that Galapagos wildlife shows little fear, and it's possible to get surprisingly close to birds and animals without disturbing them - a dream for any photographer! Due to the ocean's nutrient-rich currents, sealions, seals, dolphins and whales are present throughout the archipelago. The many bird species include the finches that provided the clues that helped Darwin develop his Theory of Evolution.
We have an Ecuador and Galapagos calendar, which has been compiled to show the best times to visit these amazing islands and view the unique wildlife at its best.
See also: Tailor-made holidays
Amazon and The Galapagos - 17 days
A fantastic look at the wildlife of Ecuador and the Galapagos, this itinerary takes in the two foremost natural highlights - the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.Tour type: Tailor-made | More
Ecuadorian Odyssey - 14 days
A complete journey through Ecuador's varied topography to see the best of its prolific bird and wildlife - including maybe the Andean condor and elusive jaguar.Tour type: Tailor-made | More
Wildlife of Ecuador and the Galapagos - 12 days
This tour combines two of South America's finest wildlife destinations - The rich paradise of the Amazon rainforest and the unique Galapagos Islands.Tour type: Tailor-made | More
"Everything went perfectly, without a glitch; from the few days on the Inca Trail to an underwater adventure as well as sightseeing in Ecuador. One of the best holidays I've ever done, and I've done a lot!
Excellent hotel choices, ground arrangements, guides and crew. I'd go back tomorrow if I could!" David C