Affordable Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Imagine yourself in a place unlike any other: unspoiled countryside, sparkling ocean water filled with aquatic life, birds and animal life which literally can't be found anywhere else on Earth. You're in the Galapagos Islands, and you couldn't be happier about it. With Virgin Vacations, you can explore the Galapagos Islands and the gateway to the islands, Ecuador, with ease.
With naturalist guides on hand, your cruise through the legendary Galapagos Islands offers endless astonishment. Spot seals and sea lions at Buccaneer Cove, snorkel along the golden beaches of Bartolome Island, and birdwatch at Darwin Bay.
From the Andes Mountains to the Guayaquila, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands, you'll want to get to know Ecuador. Visit the colonial city center of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find Latitude Zero at the Middle of the World Monument.
Glide down the mysterious Amazon River to a lodge deep in the rainforest. Meet a local family to discover an ancient way of life. Cross a suspended bridge through the jungle and find a parrot clay lick, bright with macaws.
For a truly extraordinary trip, add a visit to Peru's Machu Picchu. The mountaintop fortress of the Incas is one of the world's great sights. You can also explore Cuzco and Lima, with thousands of years of history behind them.
Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Vacation Ideas
From special Galapagos Island-only vacation packages to multi-country tours featuring the Galapagos, Ecuador, Peru and beyond, you'll find the right trip for you.
You'll begin your Ecuador adventure in the harbor town of Guayaquil. Then, you'll discover the Galapagos Islands with a stay in an eco-lodge and excursions to must-see locations like Divine Bay, the Charles Darwin Research Centre and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. With naturalist guides to share their knowledge of these fantastic destinations, you'll discover flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. Back on the mainland, visit historic Quito, where magnficient colonial buildings remain from the 16th-century. Stand with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and one in the Southern Hemisphere at the Middle of the World Monument.
From the heights of the Andes Mountains, to the dark jungles of the Amazon rainforest, this exploration of Ecuador's interior includes visits to tiny villages, historic cities and, of course, the mysterious Amazon. Quito, the Middle of the World Monument and the lively marketplace of Otavalo are all on the itinerary, along with a stay in an Amazon lodge. Rafting, hiking and visits with a local family give you a new perspective on this legendary ecosystem.
Add the ultimate adventure in Machu Picchu to your Ecuador discovery. Including Quito, a stay in an Amazon lodge with hikes and exploration, and a drive through the Andes Mounains for a dip in thermal springs, this trip then takes you to Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Travel by train to Machu Picchu and ascend to the ancient citadel of the Incas, where you'll see the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza and more. Add a Galapagos Islands cruise for the ultimate vacation itinerary!