Family holidays in Ecuador
Choosing an Ecuador holiday may not seem the obvious choice for a family, but this South American jewel is a fantastic destination for those looking for the trip of a lifetime. From exploring the jungle in the Amazon Rainforest to getting close to incredible wildlife on the Galapagos Islands, a holiday in Ecuador has it all.
With a contrasting but beautiful landscape, you're sure to find it has something to suit every member of your family. Whether you are looking for an active trip to show your family the great outdoors or are wanting to expand their horizons with some history and culture, an Ecuador holiday can meet all your needs.
Even if you are bringing younger children, there are a variety of appropriate hotels, which can allow you to get the most from an all-inclusive holiday in Ecuador and take things at a slower pace.
Soak up some local Ecuador culture
Ecuador has a rich and diverse culture, and is still heavily influenced by its historical ties to both Africa and Europe.
Quito, the country's capital, is a fantastic place to start your trip. Made up of winding, narrow streets, each lined with monasteries and churches, the whole family will enjoy exploring its old town. Its new town is far more modern and is the perfect place to go to refuel before heading [rep] out on your next adventure, thanks to its plethora of restaurants and hotels.
Perhaps one of the most popular cultural attractions in Ecuador are the famed Inca ruins in Ingapirca. As the country's largest archaeological Inca remains, they comprise of a series of complex stone structures all surrounding the circular sun temple in the middle. Getting a guide will help you understand the significance of the site, and the deep connection that this part of Ecuador's history has to modern life.
Get up close to nature's finest
It's hard to think of anywhere better than the internationally renowned Galapagos Islands. Inspiration for Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work, these beautiful islands are around 1,000 km away from the shores of Ecuador but the opportunity to see the variety of wildlife is worth the journey. From giant turtles to marine iguana and fur seals, a visit to the Galapagos Islands is sure to make your Ecuador holiday a family trip to remember.
On the mainland itself, thousands of humpback whales can be seen migrating between June and September. Puerto Lopez is a fantastic place to spot these incredible creatures and will give you and your family the memory of a lifetime.
Ecuador also benefits from having a slice of the Amazon Rainforest, giving you a completely different wildlife experience.
Take them on an adventure
If you have older children, you might want to get a taste of adventure from your Ecuador holiday. With a number of small towns on the side of active volcanoes, this is an easy thing to achieve. Taking a trek up one of these, which dominate the landscape, is an experience not for the faint-hearted but could be the ultimate way to bond as a family.
Of course, the volcanoes aren't the only exciting thing about Ecuador. In places all along the coast you can go kayaking, rafting and swing jumping, while surfing is also a popular pastime in beach destinations like Montanita.
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