A Gap Year in Ecuador

Why go backpacking in Ecuador?

Backpacking in Ecuador is something often missed by visitors to South America due to its more venerable neighbours. We think this is a mistake, as this diminutive nation has plenty to offer the intrepid traveller, from wildlife to buzzing nightlife. There may not be the most iconic sights here, but there are experiences to be had that you’ll never forget.

Despite its size, Ecuador packs a big punch. Located in the north-west of South America, Ecuador is wedged in-between Colombia and Peru. One thing Ecuador can boast about is it’s the closest country to the infamous Galapagos Islands, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world.

Things to do in Ecuador

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Colombian Adventure Cartagena to Lima

from £1895

39 days

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Experience the flavours, curiosities and contradictions of these three fascinating South American countries.

Southern Trans Oceanic Quito to Rio via Buenos Aires

from £2475

69 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Explore the Amazon Jungle, Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, view the stunning Iguazu Falls and spend time...

In-Class TEFL Course in Loja

from £1

20 days


Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Loja and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Conservation Work on the Galapagos

from £970

7 - 21 days


Help to preserve one of the most unique and fascinating islands in the world. This is a great programme for...

Wildlife Volunteering in Ecuador

from £895

14 - 84 days


Make a difference by volunteering to help over 200 rescued animals at an inspiring centre located on the edge of...

Volunteer with Monkeys in Ecuador

from £809

14 - 84 days


Help out at a primate rescue centre located on the edge of the Amazon rainforest!

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3545

84 - 105 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

Galapagos, Andes and Jungle

from £2586

42 - 70 days


Go on, have it all... Travel and volunteer in the Andes, rainforest & Galapagos, getting stuck into wildlife & environment...

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Why go?

For backpackers and travellers, Ecuador has something for everyone. Among its many attractions are surf beaches, craft markets, World Heritage listed colonial cities, active volcanoes, tropical rain forests, mountain trails, and the aforementioned Galapagos Islands to name but a few. You know you want to meet a tortoise. Go on.

The historic centres of Quito and Cuenca – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites – are absolute gems and a pleasure to explore. The best way to see Ecuador is to get yourself there and experience it for yourself.

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