Due to its small size, visitors can easily travel to each of the four worlds. Only in Ecuador can a traveler climb to the tallest active volcano in the world, kayak in the rapids of the Amazon rainforest, crisscross the Equatorial line on horseback, surf tropical Pacific swells along a Pre-Incan archaeological site, and swim with penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and harmless whale sharks—all in one trip!
Quito, the Amazon, Cuenca and Guayaquil are just thirty-minute flights away from one world to another. Because Ecuador is small and has a good network of roads and highways, ground travel within the country is also easy and quick, and is especially recommended for travelers wanting to take in the dramatic change in landscapes.
Browse through our suggested itineraries to make the most out of your stay in and around Ecuador’s protected areas.