Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - Travel Safety

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Advice on travel safety in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Book your trip safely to Ecuador and Galapagos

Would you feel safe transferring money to Panama, Barbados or Ecuador for renting a car that you would only get in a few months? Travelling to the Galapagos Islands is not a child’s play, and large sums of money are involved. An average 15-day cruise tour of the Galapagos Islands including departure and arrival in other cities would cost at least 8000 € per person. Even on a shorter cruise, an estimated amount of 250 € a day is required. Many vendors have nothing to do with the actual cruise providers and fake advertisements are common on the international market. Therefore it is important that you transfer your money to a trustworthy vendor.

We have direct contact with the cruise providers in Galapagos Islands and are able to offer you the best prices available. We operate under the German travel law which guarantees our customers maximum security and assurance. Our terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Some tour operators may recommend you to book directly with local travel agencies. However, these agencies operate under the Ecuadorian law where price protection is not mandatory. Furthermore, the local travel agencies are not required to have a security certificate and chattel paper. Contrary to popular belief, prices offered at local travel agencies are not cheaper. Considering the amount of money and time invested in this trip, you should make your bookings with a trustworthy travel operator. We can offer you a price quote for you to compare prices with other operators. Request for a quote from us today!

Safety and Security in Ecuador

Places with large numbers of visitors in Ecuador are usually safe, and there should not be any safety or security issues. That being said, we advise travellers not to try their luck and to follow their instincts. We suggest that you use the hotel’s safe to store your expensive jewellery or better, leave them at home instead. We recommend you bring a copy of your passport and save the rest of your cash as well as the original passport in the safe provided by the hotel. However, do remember to take along enough cash with you.

Using public transport

In recent years, cameras are installed in taxis to ensure the safety of passengers. We recommend you to book your taxi through the hotel. Public buses are also safe for travellers. You should always take care of your personal belongings like you would in every country. Read more about the local infrastructures here.

Natural phenomena in Ecuador

The rainy season in Ecuador is from January to April, and there may be floods or landslides. However, they are less frequent nowadays. Ecuador has implemented better mitigation methods to counter flooding and landslides on its roads and slopes.

The Ecuadorians have learned to live with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The two most active volcanoes in Ecuador are Cotopaxi and the Tungurahua at Baños. However, there is no need to worry as warning systems and evacuation measures are all well in place.

Small-scale earthquakes are occasionally felt at the coasts and beaches in Ecuador. This is due to the movement of oceanic plates off the coast. However, bigger waves as a result of an earthquake are barely a hazard and can do little to no damage to the coast and its infrastructures. The coastal areas and beaches are not fully developed for tourism, but there are several small hotels and resorts on these beautiful and untouched beaches. If you want to be on the safe side, you can choose an accommodation that is situated on a hill to avoid high tides or sudden surges of more massive waves.

All in all, Ecuador is a safe travel destination where you do not have to worry much about your safety and security.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Tours

Andean Panorama

Ecuador on Horseback: Riding in the Andes

Duration: 6 - 9 days
Highlights: Quito - World Heritage Site, Antisanilla Reserve, Spectacled bears, Papallacta, Bird watching, Hacienda La Alegría, Charga culture, Riding through the cloud forest, Machachi Valley, Optional: Galapagos Islands

Grab your poncho and saddle up - the Andean highlands await you!

From 740,- USD
Price per pax
Lagunas de Ozogoche

Ecuador Rental Car Round Trip: 6 National Parks

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights: Hotel car park , Exchangeable stops and activities, Flexible activities

Visit all six amazing national parks in the Andes by car. All stops are interchangeable.

From 2040,- USD
Price per pax

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Andean Panorama

Ecuador on Horseback: Riding in the Andes

Duration: 6 - 9 days
Highlights: Quito - World Heritage Site, Antisanilla Reserve, Spectacled bears, Papallacta, Bird watching, Hacienda La Alegría, Charga culture, Riding through the cloud forest, Machachi Valley, Optional: Galapagos Islands

Grab your poncho and saddle up - the Andean highlands await you!

From 740,- USD
Price per pax
Lagunas de Ozogoche

Ecuador Rental Car Round Trip: 6 National Parks

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights: Hotel car park , Exchangeable stops and activities, Flexible activities

Visit all six amazing national parks in the Andes by car. All stops are interchangeable.

From 2040,- USD
Price per pax
Wanderbus Ecuador

Discover Ecuador and Galapagos With Wanderbus

Duration: 18 - 21 days
Highlights: Devil's Nose train ride, Condor Park, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi volcano, Waterfalls in Baños, Beautiful Cuenca, Wildlife paradise of Galapagos, Land iguanas, Galapagos giant tortoises, Penguins

Meet the Ecuadorians up close - travel by bus across the country.

From 3090,- USD
Price per pax
Travel with professional guides

Ecuador Amazon and Galapagos: Kayak Tour

Duration: 12 - 16 days
Highlights: Explore the Amazon with Kayaks, Kayking in the Galapagos, Camping, North Seymour Island, Penguins at Isabela Island

Kayaking is like horse-riding but on water! This tour will bring you on an adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Mountain Biking Hacienda El Porvenir

Adrenaline Rush: Ecuador mountainbiking & Islandhopping

Duration: 12 - 16 days
Highlights: Vocanoe, Amazon Rainforest, Swing at the End of the World, Baños, Camping, Horseback Riding, Llanganates National Park, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, Hiking at the Cuicocha Lake, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Get your heart pumping and keep your mind open - travel Ecuador and Galapagos the adventurous way.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Rafting

Adrenaline Rush: Ecuador and Galapagos

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Volcanoe, Amazon Rainforest, Swing at the End of the World, Baños, Camping, Horseback Riding, Llanganates National Park, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, Hiking at the Cuicocha Lake, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Get your heart pumping and keep your mind open - travel Ecuador and Galapagos the adventurous way.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Kayak in the Andes

Ecuador & Galapagos Multi-Sport Tour

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Amazon Rainforest, Swing at the End of the World, Baños, Camping, Horseback Riding, Llanganates National Park, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, Hiking at the Cuicocha Lake, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Get ready to get your heart pumping and sweat it out as you kayak, mountain bike, raft and snorkel in

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Breath-taking Panoramic view

Ecuador Volcano Trekking Adventure Tour

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Camping, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Travel Ecuador and Galapagos the adventurous way as you conquer the volcanic terrain.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Traveling With Your Nature Guide

Ecuador and Galapagos: Compact Tour

Duration: 14 - 18 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage, Quito, Otavalo Markets, Avenue of Volcanoes, Shaman Experience, Devil's Nose, Cotopaxi National Park, Ingapirca - Inca ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands , Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour, Isabela

Ecuador's most beautiful places - the majestic Andes, lush Amazon Rainforest and enchanting Galapagos islands

From 3460,- USD
Price per pax
Galapagos Giant Tortoises

Ecuador Complete: Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands

Duration: 16 - 20 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage Quito, Ingapirca's Incan Ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Island Hopping

Discover the many faces of the world's most biodiverse country!

From 3560,- USD
Price per pax
City of Guayaquil

Rental car tour to/from Guayaquil

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights:

Begin your rental car tour from Guayaquil and visit the best highlights in Ecuador along the way.

From 3710,- USD
Price per pax
Highlands of Papallacta

Best of Ecuador: Rental Car and Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 21 - 28 days
Highlights: Papallacta, El Angel , Devil's Nose, Ingapirca - Inca Ruins, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island

Experience Ecuador with a rental car before island hopping through the Galapagos archipelago

From 3800,- USD
Price per pax
Galapagos Legend

Ecuador Complete: Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Otavalo Craft Markets, Avenue of Volcanoes, Cuenca - Colonial History, Guayaquil - Economic Hub, Galapagos Cruise

Discover the diversity of Ecuador: Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands

From 4440,- USD
Price per pax
The River Boat Manatee

Cruise Ecuador: Amazon Cruise and Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 12 - 16 days
Highlights: Yasuni National Park, Isabela & Fernandina, Santa Cruz and North Seymour, Includes all transfers and domestic flights

The three wonders of Ecuador in one trip: Andes Mountains, Amazon and Galapagos Islands

From 4890,- USD
Price per pax
Train at the station

Scenery and Society: Ecuador and Galapagos

Duration: 18 - 26 days
Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Quito, Andes panorama, Charles Darwin Station, 4 days in the Amazon, Avenue of Volcanoes, Devil's Nose, Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre, Snorkelling the Los Tuneles, Cycling through Isabela, VIP tour Charles Darwin Foundation, Bartolomé and Sullivan Bay, Las Grietas Gorge

Experience the diverse landscapes and intriguing culture of Ecuador

From 5840,- USD
Price per pax
Specialised Equipment

Accessible Travel: Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: Specialised Wheelchairs, Quito-World Heritage Site, Train ride to Cotopaxi, Accessible rainforest lodge, Andes highlands via Baños, Galapagos Islands, San Cristóbal Island, Lobería on San Cristóbal island, Lobos Island, Tortoise breeding center

A curated experience of the enchanting land of Ecuador without barriers.

From 6000,- USD
Price per pax
View of Hotel Luna Runtun

Ecuador and Galapagos: Compact Tour Deluxe

Duration: 17 - 20 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage, Quito, Avenue of Volcanoes, Shaman Experience, Devil's Nose, Cotopaxi National Park, Ingapirca - Inca ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands , Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour, Isabela

Ecuador's most beautiful places - the majestic Andes, lush Amazon Rainforest and enchanting Galapagos islands

From 7100,- USD
Price per pax