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Discover Ecuador

Ecuador invites you to wake up gazing at the Pacific, drive through the Andes past 5,000-meter-high volcanoes, and reach the Amazon rainforest before sundown. This is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. Nowhere but on the Galápagos Islands can you view wildlife so utterly unconcerned by humans. If wildlife-watching is your passion, diving in the Galápagos is probably already on your list, but be sure to add Ecuador’s other top wildlife destinations.

Volunteering is an excellent way to experience Ecuador’s culture as well as its landscapes; wander Quito’s Old Town on your free days, famous for its huge number of colonial churches and religious buildings set around elegant plazas.

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Travel Maps of Ecuador

Download free, printable maps of Ecuador for your personal use.

Currently available from the pages of our travel guides are over thirty maps of Ecuador, helpfully divided by region.

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Ecuador and the Galàpagos Islands

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Get Inspired With Our Most Recent Ecuador Articles

From coming face to craggy face with giant tortoises to aiding the conservation of Ecuador’s biodiversity through volunteering to scuba diving with whale sharks and hammerheads, discover the unique people, animals, and landscapes of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Here are our four most recent articles to get you started or you can browse all Ecuador content.

Iglesia San Francisco in Old Town Quito. Photo © Paul Prescott/123rf.

Sights in Quito’s Old Town

Quito’s Old Town is what makes the city famous, containing a huge number of colonial churches and religious buildings set around elegant plazas. Old Town is cleaner, safer, and a joy to wander around following a recent multimillion-dollar regeneration. While there are excellent guided maps and multilingual tours to be had, independent travelers will find exploring easy with expert author Ben Westwood’s account of the area.

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Discover Quito, Ecuador’s Capital City

Ecuador’s capital is a city that scales many heights, not least in terms of elevation. Quito is an intriguing mix of old and new: colonial squares and concrete office blocks, traditional markets and modern malls, indigenous artisans and fashion-conscious professionals—and this diversity allows visitors to have the best of both worlds.

Volunteers will usually find monkeys, kinkajous, felines, other mammals, macaws, and parrots at Merazonia.

Volunteer with Merazonia in Ecuador

Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Volunteers work with animals under strict guidelines and help maintain the grounds and enclosures. Learn more about the work, its requirements, and how to apply.

Jatun Sacha volunteers can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.

Volunteer with Jatun Sacha in Ecuador

Jatun Sacha (JS) is a self-sustaining nonprofit organization that owns and maintains five private nature reserves working closely with communities to “promote the conservation of Ecuador’s biodiversity”. Volunteers work eight-hour days and can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.