23 Amazing Photos of Ecuador & the Galápagos From the Amazon rain forest to the Andes mountains to the one-of-a-kind Galápagos Islands, Ecuador thrills the first-time visitor (and the returning traveler) with bucket-list sights at every turn. Here, we celebrate the rich culture, natural beauty, and charm of this South American country with unforgettable images and start-today travel tips! Budget Travel Friday, Oct 2, 2015, 1:00 PM “Have you been to the Galápagos?” is a question travelers are increasingly asking one another. It’s never been easier or more affordable to make the trek to the legendary islands, where baby sea lions are just one of the many sights. A Galápagos Islands Wildlife Discovery tour will get you there in style, including first-class hotels and lodgings and the chance to really savor these remote islands, 600 miles off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. (Courtesy Friendly Planet Travel) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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23 Amazing Photos of Ecuador & the Galápagos

From the Amazon rain forest to the Andes mountains to the one-of-a-kind Galápagos Islands, Ecuador thrills the first-time visitor (and the returning traveler) with bucket-list sights at every turn. Here, we celebrate the rich culture, natural beauty, and charm of this South American country with unforgettable images and start-today travel tips!

  • Baby Galapagos Sea Lion
  • Aerial view of the Amazon River
  • Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador
  • Casa del Suizo, Ecuador
  • Jaguar in the Amazon of Ecuador
  • Amazon Women Ecuador
  • Bartolome Island Ecuador
  • Basilica in Quito Ecuador
  • Blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos
  • Close up of sea lion in the galapagos ecuador
  • Courtyard at the Church of San Francisco Ecuador
  • Blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos birds
  • Ecuadorian Amazon Toucan
  • Equator Monument in Ecuador
  • Galapagos Iguana 1
  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Otavalo Ecuador
  • mother seal and cub in the Galapagos Ecuador
  • Plaza de Santo Domingo Quito Ecuador
  • snorkeling with a penguin in galapagos ecuador
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Virgen de Quito Ecuador
  • Central Old Town Quito Ecuador

“Have you been to the Galápagos?” is a question travelers are increasingly asking one another. It’s never been easier or more affordable to make the trek to the legendary islands, where baby sea lions are just one of the many sights. A Galápagos Islands Wildlife Discovery tour will get you there in style, including first-class hotels and lodgings and the chance to really savor these remote islands, 600 miles off the Pacific coast of Ecuador.

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Every traveler puts the Amazon River near the top of their bucket list, and for good reason. The stunning sights and unforgettable experiences along the mighty river and the most biologically diverse rain forest on earth are the kind of brag-worthy vacations we love to bring home. Safe but exciting encounters with toucans, squirrel monkeys, and maybe even jaguars are highlights of a trip to the Amazon.

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Cotopaxi is a beautiful volcano in the Andes, the centerpiece of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park. You’ll see Cotopaxi (which is active from time to time) and other significant stops in the Andes on an Exotic Ecuador and Peru tour, which also includes a stop at Peru's iconic Machu Picchu, the "lost city" of the Incas.

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Ready for a traditional indigenous face-painting? A stay at Casa del Suizo, an incredibly beautiful eco-resort in the Amazon, may be one of the comfy perks of an outstanding Ecuador tour, and a place where you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Amazon.

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Don’t get too close! But you may be lucky and get close enough to savor the sight of a jaguar in the Amazon. The South American rain forest is the only place on earth where jaguars, the third-largest cats after lions and tigers, currently thrive.

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Get up close and personal with the people who make Ecuador’s Amazon region one of the most culturally fascinating (not to mention friendly) destinations on earth, with guided sightseeing tours led by local experts.

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Bartolome Island, in the Galápagos, is home to the aptly named Pinnacle Rock and other stunning natural wonders. If solitude is what you crave, this "islet" delivers: The Galápagos Islands are 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and Bartolome Island is less than 300 acres total. A sightseeing cruise to the Galápagos is part of the fun of an Ecuador & the Galápagos tour.

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A trip to Ecuador isn’t all rain forest and islands. The bustling city of Quito is home to gorgeous works of art and architecture, including beautiful churches. Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the stops on an Exotic Ecuador tour.

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On a “photo safari” to the Galápagos, the most prized shot is of the storied blue-footed boobies. See them as part of an Ecuador & the Galápagos tour.

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Ready for your closeup? A Galápagos selfie could be in your future. And while a Galápagos cruise may sound like an extreme adventure, visitors are flocking there like never before thanks to affordable, luxurious package tours that bring the islands within reach of Budget Travelers.

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The Church of San Francisco is, for some, a source of spiritual inspiration; for others, it’s a great place to see eye-popping works of art. It's one of the amazing, beautiful historical sites in Quito that earned the Ecuadoran capital a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage site list.

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Giant Galápagos tortoises are a reminder of the area's unique wildlife, which evolved in near isolation on the remote islands. The diverse flora and fauna here, in fact, were what first inspired Charles Darwin to suggest his theory of evolution. A cruise to the Galápagos gets you close to turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and other creatures that call these islands home.

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There’s no bird more iconically Amazon than the brightly colored Toucan. The sight of tropical birds and their distinctive songs is one of the delights of a rain forest visit.

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Yes, Ecuador is named for the imaginary ring around the middle of the planet, and snapping a photo here at this Equator monument will prove to your Instagram followers that you were there!

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A Galápagos iguana may remind you of a tiny dinosaur, and the unique location far from any other inhabited region means this lizard is truly a breed apart.

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Hawkbill sea turtles are some of the Galápagos’s biggest stars, and, sadly, an endangered species. Learn more about these gentle giants and other one-of-a-kind creatures on a Galápagos Islands Wildlife Discovery tour.

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Get to know the indigenous culture of Ecuador in Otavalo, a volcano-rimmed city made up almost entirely of descendants of the nation’s original inhabitants. Otavalo is a stop on a Peru, Ecuador & the Galápagos tour.

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You may leave the Galápagos envying the wildlife that get to live here year-round, but you'll soon get over it by immersing yourself in the considerable delights of staying in style on the mainland.

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Beautiful Plaza de Santo Domingo in Quito is one of the central spots where you’ll want to slow down and do some people-watching.

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Maybe you’ve tried snorkeling? But we’re guessing you haven’t snorkeled with a penguin, have you?

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Squirrel monkeys are some of the furry friends you’ll meet in Ecuador's rain forest.

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Artworks devoted to the saints and the Virgin Mary are some of the unforgettable sights you’ll encounter in Quito, a city deeply rooted in the Spanish Colonial era that brought Christianity to South America.

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When in Quito, stop in Old Town for a taste of Ecuador’s history, not to mention a taste of the city’s great cuisine. A tour of Quito juxtaposes the Spanish Colonial past with the modern, and includes a number of dramatic architectural gems that are unlike any others on earth.

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