Galapagos Islands - National Parks & Reserves in Ecuador

Ecuador is a fantastic and diverse country to visit with a lot to offer visitors. Enjoy many of Ecuador’s top travel destinations.

Visit the famous Galapagos Islands with their tropical climate, beautiful beaches and iconic animals.

Explore the Amazon Rainforest to find many different monkeys, macaw parrots, toucans, three-toed sloths and pink river dolphins.

Visit the cloud forest to enjoy delicate orchids, hummingbirds and incredible birdlife.

Enjoy beautiful mountainous scenery and a diverse landscape and vibrant culture.

Jump Straight to Ecuador’s Top 10 Tours

Let’s have a look at the top Ecuador tours to make the most of this incredible country.

  1. The Luxury Galapagos & Amazon Combination Tour

    Ocean Spray - Ecuador

    To experience two of Ecuador’s main natural attractions, enjoy a luxury experience of the Galapagos Islands aboard a luxury-class catamaran and visit the Amazon Rainforest from La Selva Lodge & Spa.

    The combination tour includes 3-nights on your Galapagos cruise, 3-nights at La Selva Lodge and 3-nights at a hotel in Quito to explore the city.

    Explore the Galapagos Islands on the Ocean Spray or Cormorant Cruise. Your itinerary includes island-hopping to visit some of the islands’ main points of interest.

    Led by expert naturalist guides, enjoy spotting Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises at the breeding center, and many Galapagos birds.

    La Selva Lodge - Ecuador

    From La Selva Lodge & Spa, enjoy guided tours to find several different monkeys, colorful parrots, toucans, sloths high in the trees and fascinating trees and plants.

    The lodge is Rainforest Alliance certified, offers a tour to the colorful Yasuni Parrot Clay Lick, a tall canopy tower to see tropical birds, delicious cuisine, and spa treatments.

    Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Coca, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    Enjoy 3 nights on a luxury class catamaran to experience the Galapagos Islands and see fantastic ani More info
  2. The Ocean Spray Cruise

    Ocean Spray Cruise

    The Ocean Spray is a luxury-class Galapagos cruise providing a high level of comfort, guided island expeditions and incredible wildlife experiences.

    The Ocean Spray was built for performance and comfort. The catamaran design offers a more stable experience of the Galapagos and the itinerary includes guided walks, snorkeling and kayaking experiences.

    Enjoy a spacious environment with elegantly designed interiors, delicious meals in the dining room, and relax with a cocktail on the sundeck or enjoy the jacuzzi.

    Your suite then offers a private balcony to keep you connected to the Galapagos environment.

    You can choose itineraries between 4-days and 15-days depending on your time available and how deeply you wish to explore the archipelago and wildlife.

    As an example of the experience, aboard the Ocean Spray 6-day cruise ‘B’ itinerary, enjoy cruising the central and southern islands of Santa Fe, Española, San Cristobal, and Floreana Island.

    You will visit the main points of interest on the islands, including beautiful beaches and the top wildlife areas. Enjoy seeing marine iguanas, sea lions, waved albatross, flamingos, pelicans and lava lizards.

    You can also choose to enjoy snorkeling and kayaking to spot sea lions, swimming marine iguanas, sea turtles, rays, and many colorful fish.

  3. La Selva Lodge & Spa

    La Selva Suite, Ecuador Rainforest

    La Selva Lodge and Spa offers a luxury experience of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. The Rainforest Alliance certified lodge offers different spacious suite options, comfortable relaxation areas and some fantastic guided tours in surrounding rainforest.

    On guided excursions, enjoy trails walks and canoeing adventures to find several different monkeys, parrots, toucans and lake-living animals. See giant trees, delicate orchids and climb the canopy tower for a different perspective on Amazonia.

    La Selva Lodge is positioned at the edge of Lake Garzacocha, which you will explore to find some lake-living wildlife, such as hoatzin, cormorants, and caiman.

    The surrounding rainforest is home to howler monkeys, tamarins, capuchins, saki monkeys and pygmy marmosets. The birdlife you can enjoy includes colorful cotingas, tanagers, parrots and parakeets.

    The rooms at La Selva Lodge include the family suites to accommodate parents with children, scenic suites and the superior suites. Your accommodation features rainforest showers, private balconies and beautiful views of the lake and rainforest.

    When relaxing at the lodge, you can take advantage of the inhouse spa for a massage or relaxation treatment. You will then enjoy delicious meals in the restaurant with lake views and can relax of an evening with a drink at the bar for cocktails, juices, cold beer, and soft drinks.

    La Selva Lodge

    La Selva Lodge

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    La Selva Lodge is an award winning Amazon Rainforest lodge in the Ecuadorian Jungle and is regarded More info
  4. The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

    La Selva Suite, Ecuador Rainforest

    The Galapagos Habit Hotel is a luxury hotel on the island of Santa Cruz and is perfectly positioned to make the most of the island’s attractions.

    Enjoy delicious meals at the Isla Grill restaurant, which independently ranks as one of the best places to eat on the Galapagos Islands. The restaurant offers delicious food with an Argentinian and Ecuadorian influence.

    The Galapagos Habitat Hotel offers a variety of package tours to explore the islands and wildlife. Enjoy island hopping to nearby islands, snorkeling and guided Galapagos walks.

    The hotel is located next to the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn about the islands and the work the Charles Darwin Foundation is doing to preserve the Galapagos.

    There are also many other natural nearby, as well as souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries.

    Not only a great place to enjoy wildlife on the package tours, you can enjoy different animals from the hotel itself. Sea lions often rest on the deck chairs and marine iguanas regularly visit the hotel decking.

    The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

    The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
    Price per person from $
    Offering very comfortable accommodation and package tours for the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Habitat Hotel More info
  5. The Eco Galaxy Cruise

    The Eco Galapagos Cruise

    The Eco Galaxy Cruise is a luxury-class catamaran for island-hopping and expertly guided excursions on the Galapagos Islands.

    The Eco Galaxy provides eight cabins in total for comfortable cruising of the islands. Four of the cabins are on the upper deck and four are found on the main deck. Your air-conditioned accommodation offers twin beds or double beds, private bathrooms with hot water, internet access and telephone communication.

    The vessel also provides comfortable social areas, the dining room where you will be served delicious meals, a bar for an evening drink and an outdoor seating area.

    On the Eco Galaxy itinerary, enjoy guided island tours, snorkeling, kayaking and incredible wildlife experiences of the iconic Galapagos animals.

  6. The Anakonda and Manatee Amazon River Cruise

    Manatee Amazon Cruise, Ecuador

    The Anakonda and Manatee Amazon Cruises offer a luxury river cruise of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest

    Explore the incredible Yasuni National Park, which is the jewel in the crown of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. Not only a fantastic place to visit in Ecuador, the Yasuni region ranks as one of the most wildlife-rich places on Earth.

    Enjoy the colorful parrots visiting Yasuni Clay Lick, head out into the rainforest on expertly guided expeditions, climb a canopy tower, and enjoy a very comfortable Amazon River cruise.

    On guided expeditions, enjoy spotting several different Amazon monkeys, such as capuchins, titi monkeys, sakis, squirrel monkeys, sakis and the larger howler monkeys.

    This section of Amazon Rainforest is also home to other favorite sights, including pink river dolphins, toucans, colorful macaw parrots, sloths, caiman, and many colorful birds.

    The canopy tower is a 160 foot (50 meters) high platform where you can observe the Amazon’s canopy to find nesting birds, monkeys climbing through the trees and to see the beautiful changing greens of the rainforest canopy.

    You can choose itineraries from 3 to 7 nights depending on your time available.


  7. The Sacha Lodge

    The Sacha Lodge, Ecuador Rainforest

    The Sacha Lodge sits in its own private reserve of Amazon Rainforest right next to the famous Yasuni National Park.

    Enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, and guided rainforest tours. Enjoy walking the reserve’s many trails to find a diversity of Amazon Rainforest animals.

    See several different monkeys, including sakis, howler monkeys, pygmy marmosets, squirrel monkeys and capuchins.

    The lodge is a fantastic place to see many different birds. There are 587 species to see from the lodge, which represents 37% of Ecuador’s avifauna.

    One of the main features of the Sacha Lodge is the 940 feet (275 meters) long canopy walkway, which provides a perfect vantage point for birdwatchers and simply immersing yourself in the rainforest.

    Enjoy delicious meals in the lodge dining room. On at least one evening, there will be a BBQ in the outside dining area with beautiful views of the Pilchicocha Lake.

    Sacha Lodge

    Sacha Lodge

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    Located in a 5000 acre private ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge provides a safe and comfortable base More info
  8. The Iguana Crossing Hotel

    The Iguana Crossing Hotel Package Tours

    The Iguana Crossing Hotel is positioned right on the beach of Isabela Island. Enjoy comfortable accommodation, relaxing in the pool, and beautiful ocean views.

    From the hotel, you can enjoy 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Galapagos package tours to make the most of nearby attractions.

    Led by knowledgeable Galapagos guides, explore the nearby islets of Las Tintoreras to see sea lions, marine turtles, iguanas, manta rays and Galapagos penguins.

    Explore the mainland and visit the Sierra Negra Volcano and fascinating lava tunnels. Enjoy a relaxing bike ride to ride past beaches, mangroves and brackish lagoons. You can also see a variety of birds, marine iguanas and even giant tortoises.

    When not exploring the island, relax at the comfortable hotel lounge, bar or cool off in the welcoming pool.

    The Iguana Crossing Hotel

    The Iguana Crossing Hotel

    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
    Price per person from $
    The Iguana Crossing Hotel is positioned right on the beach of Isabela Island. The hotel offers package tours to enjoy the Galapagos More info
  9. The Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

    Experience Ecuador’s incredible cloud forest at the luxurious Mashpi Lodge. The cloud forest is one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions and you can find an incredible amount of wildlife.

    Birdlife is especially abundant and you can find 400 different species from the lodge. The cloud forest has the world’s highest diversity of hummingbirds and orchids, which you can spot on guided cloud forest tours.

    Relax in your very comfortable suite with large windows to keep you connected to the cloud forest. In the dining room, you will then enjoy delicious Ecuadorian cuisine.

    Between excursions, you can enjoy a massage or spa treatment to make the most of your experience.

  10. The Tren Crucero

    The Tren Crucero is one of the favorite scenic experiences of Ecuador. Enjoy a luxury-class experience with comfortable Colonial and Republican themed passenger cars carrying just fifty passengers each. Nights are then spent in comfortable hotels.

    There is also a bar and observational lounges to enjoy the incredible changing landscape. There are two itineraries to choose from between Quito and Guayaquil. Enjoy beautiful views of the volcanoes, rivers, mountains and wildlife-rich cloud forest.

The Top Tours in Ecuador – Summary

And here is our selection of the top Ecuador tours.

  1. Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Coca, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    Enjoy 3 nights on a luxury class catamaran to experience the Galapagos Islands and see fantastic ani More info
  2. La Selva Lodge

    La Selva Lodge

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    La Selva Lodge is an award winning Amazon Rainforest lodge in the Ecuadorian Jungle and is regarded More info
  3. The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

    The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
    Price per person from $
    Offering very comfortable accommodation and package tours for the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Habitat Hotel More info
  4. Sacha Lodge

    Sacha Lodge

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    Located in a 5000 acre private ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge provides a safe and comfortable base More info
  5. The Iguana Crossing Hotel

    The Iguana Crossing Hotel

    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
    Price per person from $
    The Iguana Crossing Hotel is positioned right on the beach of Isabela Island. The hotel offers package tours to enjoy the Galapagos More info
Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Tropics and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical locations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the tropics. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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