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Things to do in Ecuador

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Ecuador. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Ecuador attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Ecuador to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Ecuador.

  • Abercrombie & Kent

    The Abercrombie & Kent travel agency began as an African safari company, founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962. Today, the company organ... More
  • Abercrombie & Kent Eclipse

  • Adventures by Disney

    Family-focused, immersive trips range from spotting scarlet-throated frigate birds in the Galápagos to lessons in kite making in China. New trips f... More
  • Aracari Travel Consulting

    Peruvian-owned and -operated boutique firm offers trekking outings with access to Andean regions of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. T+L Trip pick Lodge... More
  • Brian Morgan

    Excited About: The new eco-conscious cruise regulations, which will help protect the area’s natural wonders. The standards stipulate that no operat... More
  • Capilla del Hombre

    A shrine to Ecuador’s most famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín. More
  • Casa de la Música

  • Charles Darwin Foundation

  • Classic Journeys

    Unbeatable access to experiences around the globe—learning firsthand about a family-run organic coffee plantation in the Galápagos; dining in a pri... More
  • EcoVentura

    This small Ecuadorean cruise company is charting a new course for travel to Darwin’s famous islands. Not only was it one of the first to attain the... More
  • Eric Sheets

    Special booking: A surprise two-day excursion as part of a Brazilian honeymoon, involving a private helicopter tour of Angra dos Reis followed by a... More
  • Explorers’ Corner

    Founder Olaf Malver’s specialty is trailblazing kayak journeys in remote polar settings, but he also runs mellow, warm-water trips. T+L Trip pick A... More
  • Geographic Expeditions Galápagos

    Based in San Francisco, the Geographic Expeditions travel company provides several close-to-nature cruises to the Galápagos Islands. Transportation... More

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