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The Republic of Ecuador is a country in northwestern South America, bounded by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean on the west.

Ecuador, one of the world's most diverse countries in relation to its size, holds one of the greatest amounts of plant and animal species in the world.

The culture of Ecuador is as diverse as the landscape of the country itself. The majority of the Ecuadorian population is mestizo, a mixture of both European and Amerindian ancestry, and much like their ancestry, the national culture is also a blend of these two sources, along with influences from slaves from Africa. 95% of Ecuadorians are Roman Catholic.

El Oriente is characterised by rainforest, the sierra by the snow-capped Andes, and the costa by lowlands that are highly fertile and used for agriculture.

Find an eco tour in Ecuador. A list of eco tour operators, travel agents and accommodation providers either based in or that can organise trips to Ecuador. Each listing includes a full page description so click for more information.

Travel Agents, Tour Operators & Eco Accommodation in Ecuador

Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve
Kapawi ecolodge near the Pastaza River, accommodates up to 50 visitors, built in accordance to the Achuar architecture and following the principles of community-based ecotourism. Double or triple cabins with private bathroom, well trained staff, gourmet food, private transportation from Quito.

Butterfly Ecolodge
Butterfly EcoLodge, an eco tourism resort in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, promotes conservation, research and environmental education benefiting local communities, visitors and future generations.

Ecuador Tierra Viva Travel Company
Specialists in eco-tours to Southern Ecuador including the Pacific Coastal Region, the Andes Region and the Amazon Basin Region. A unique travel experience whilst helping to conserve the country's biological and cultural diversity.

Ecuador Ethnogastronomic
Ecuador Ethnogastronomic is one of a kind expedition introducing travelers to the native people of the Ecuadorian Andes, enjoying more meaningful connections and making positive contributions.

Nuevo Mundo Expeditions
Nuevo Mundo Expeditions promotes the dynamic conservation of Ecuador's natural and cultural resources through uniquely designed programs in the Amazon, Andes, Pacific and Galapagos regions, based on the precept that "you love what you know and protect what you love".

Reserva Ecologica Rio Pachijal
We have 100ha of primary Cloudforest in Mindo,Ecuador with 40km of trails which facilitate hiking inside the Forest for both bird watching and sightseeing.

Travel agents that can arrange tailor made eco holidays to Ecuador:

Voga Travel Ecuador
The Volcanoes and Rainforest Tour by Voga Travel is a fabulous introduction to Ecuador appreciating the very highlights of the smallest country in South America.

Latin Trails
Latin Trails have over 22 years of travel experience in South America. They develop programs for local tour operators and helping communities grow through sustainable tourism.

Lost World Adventures
Lost World Adventures specialises in independent and small group custom tours in Central and South America. Our trip consultants have first hand experience in the destinations we offer and can give insight into the regions within countries.

Andean Trails
Andean Trails organises relaxing and hassle free activity and adventure holidays in the Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Patagonia, Argentina, Chile, Guyana and Cuba. Group tours and tailor-made itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets

Gecko's Adventures
Small groups, great prices; Gecko's offers the value and freedom of backpacking, without the hassles. Your local leader will take you off the beaten track, but you won't miss out on the famous sites! 181 adventures across 50 countries.

Adventure Life Journeys
Rich local culture, landscapes & small group travel. Explore South & Central America and Antarctica through thoughtful itineraries designed to step lightly and give back to local communities.

Amerika Venture
Ecotourism, documentary production, scientific & study travel, adventure group tours throughout the Americas. Experts in thematic group travel, adventure & ecotourism in Canada and Latin America.

Tribes Travel
Tribes, the Fair Trade Travel company, offers quality small group and tailor made holidays worldwide. Whether you want a luxury safari, a Galapagos cruise or to hike the Inca trail, Tribes can help.

A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.

Explore Worldwide
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore’s responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company’s approach to tour operating.

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Travel with Respect

Among many other cultural idiosyncrasies, it is considered impolite to use a downward-facing palm as a reference for the height of a person. Instead, the hand is held on its side, and the measurement taken from the lower edge to the floor. Gesturing with the palm down is appropriate for animals only.When motioning for someone to "come here," it is impolite to motion your hand with the palm facing up. Instead, use a downward swipe of the hand with the palm facing down.Acceptable clothing varies by region of the country. In the mountainous Sierra region, including Quito, clothes are usually more warm because of the weather. On the coast, meanwhile, more casual clothes predominate.

Information from wikitravel.org*

Travel Safe

Tourists should use common sense to ensure their safety. Most tourists who avoid flashing large amounts of money, visiting areas near the Colombian border, civil disturbances, side streets in big cities at night and that sort of thing report few problems. Probably the biggest threat in most places is simple thievery: Belongings should not be left unguarded on the beach, for example, and pickpockets can be found in some of the more crowded areas, especially the Trolébus (Metro) in Quito, in bus terminals and on the busses themselves. Busses allow peddlers to board briefly and attempt to sell their wares; however, they are often thieves themselves, so keep a close eye out for them. Hotel personnel are generally good sources of information about places that should be avoided.Ecuador offers great opportunities for hiking and climbing, unfortunately, some travelers have been attacked and robbed in remote sections of well known climbs. Travelers are urged to avoid solo hikes and to go in a large group for safety reasons.

Information from wikitravel.org*


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