Ecuador is a small country nestling between Columbia and Peru on the western coast of South America and gets its name because the equator passes through its centre. It may be small in size, but Ecuador is a stunning country to visit and if you both love nature and the outdoors, Ecuador and the Galapagos archipelago are perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon surrounded by nature.
The Galapagos Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean and are world famous for their abundant wildlife, which includes giant tortoises, white sharks, sea lions and there is superb scuba diving as there is a rich marine life and excellent trekking.
The capital of Ecuador is Quito, which stands at an altitude of 2,850 metres amongst the mountains in the Andes and is the world’s second highest city. It lies on an ancient Inca settlement and is an attractive city with a well-preserved heart comprising of beautiful 16th/17th century churches and other religious buildings. There are colourful markets and lovely parks for enjoying a stroll and a picnic and some really sophisticated restaurants and nightlife too.
Cuenca, a city in Andes Mountains, is another city that is well worth visiting as it has fairytale like characteristics and is where the Panama hat was first created. It as once a grand colonial town with impressive buildings and is divided by the river Tomebamba. It is very special to take a stroll along the riverbank as the sun begins to sink. If you have the chance to visit the cloud forest town of Mindo it is very intriguing as it is usually in clouds! It has beautiful waterfalls, a butterfly sanctuary and an orchid sanctuary with the most amazing flowers.
With romance in mind, if you are heading to the Galapagos, El Ceibo is a lovely island that used to have a prison but has long since gone and today it has deserted beaches, active volcanoes and beautiful deep pink coloured flamingos. Floreana Island is the perfect setting for a romantic day as it has deserted black sand beaches and offers great snorkelling and the chance to swim with marine turtles. If you fancy stretching out on beautiful fine white sand and doing very little, Santa Cruz is the largest island with Tortuga Bay and Grietas as two of its best beaches.
When is the best time to visit Ecuador?
The weather in Ecuador and the Galapagos can be divided into two seasons. The cool dry season is from May/June – November, but the temperatures tend to be cool and the weather rather muggy. In contrast, the warm wet season stretches from December/January – April/ May and this is definitely the best time as the days are warmer, the sea calmer with greater underwater visibility. If it does rain, it is usually just a brief heavy shower and everything soon dries off and lazy moments on the beach can be resumed!
What is the currency in Ecuador?
The US dollar is the currency used in Ecuador.
How long does it take to fly to Ecuador?
The flight time from London to Quito is 14 hours 10 minutes with a single stop.
What is the time difference in Ecuador?
London UK is six hours ahead of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.
What language is spoken in Ecuador?
Spanish is the official language in Ecuador.
Do I need a visa to visit Ecuador?
No, if you are travelling on a UK passport, a Visa is not needed for stays up to 90 days. You may well be asked for your reason for visiting Ecuador and to provide proof of your return journey or onward travel. For up-to-date travel advice please visit the official FCO website here.
Any health requirements for Ecuador?
The World Health Organization recommends protection against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, Yellow Fever and influenza.