Middle of the World, Quito
Now is the perfect time to book an all-inclusive Ecuador vacation with Virgin Vacations, the premier provider of South American vacation packages and Ecuador tours. With Virgin Vacations' incredible and affordable Ecuador vacation packages, you'll experience all this fascinating country has to offer, from ancient ruins and stunning scenery to thrilling excursions. Tour all of Ecuador's best sites with English speaking guides, and stay in the top hotels, specifically selected by Virgin's travel experts.
Most of our tours to Ecuador begin in Quito. Ecuador's bustling capital of Quito was built on ancient Incan ruins, and today the city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic Old Town is home to well-preserved churches and monasteries that reveal a myriad of influences, including Italian, Spanish and Flemish architectural styles. Quito's major attractions include the Teleferiqo cable car, which provides breathtaking views of the city from the Pichincha Volcano.
The city of Guyaquil is often overlooked as a stopping point before heading to the Galapagos Islands, but as Ecuador's largest city there is much to see and do here as well. The Municipal Museum makes for a great starting point to learn about the history of the city from its pre-Columbian routes through Colonial rule and its movement towards independence.
For a spectacular view of the city - and a great workout - climb the 465 steps of Santa Ana Hill. Along the entire length of the steps are cafés, bars and restaurants that make for great resting stops. The Jardin Botanical Gardens is another of Guyaquil's must-see sites, and home to over 325 species of flora.
Virgin's Ecuador vacations also offer a wealth of adventure activities. The waters off Ecuador's coast offer spectacular diving opportunities. Swim with tropical fish, manta rays and even whale sharks. On an 8-day Classic Ecuador & Amazon Adventure, guests take a trip deep into the jungle to explore the Amazon Rainforest, enjoy a stay at an Amazon lodge, and have the unique opportunity to meet a local family and learn their way of life. Other highlights include a visit to Cotopaxi National Park, home to some of the highest altitude volcanoes in the world.
For more thrills, take an exciting white water rafting trip down the Quijos River, or take a trip to the center of the world, Mitad del Mundo. The 30-foot monument features a small museum and marks the center of the world, or close to it.
When planning your next vacation destination, consider booking one of Virgin Vacations' tours to Ecuador. Enjoy the rich culture of the indigenous people, explore the Galapagos Islands and trek through the Andes Mountains and the Amazon - the possibilities are endless! You will be amazed by what Ecuador has to offer, and at a price you can't beat!