Our guide on where to stay in Ecuador

It might be the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, the soaring Andes, or the magnificent colonial cities that inspire you to plan a trip to Ecuador, but once you start, you’ll quickly realize just how much this small country has to offer. Despite its size, covering about three-quarters of Germany’s terrain, it packs an incredible punch. It’s ripe for adventure, with countless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, watching whales, exotic birds and rare river dolphins, along with the unique endemic wildlife in the Galapagos. There are beautiful beaches along its Pacific coast and remote indigenous settlements in the Amazon where you can get to know the local families and how they live. Many cities boast UNESCO-listed historic centers with grand mansions, some of which have been converted into boutique hotels, along with enticing plazas and numerous landmarks to explore.

When making the decision as to where to stay, you’ll have to determine where you plan to visit, and with so much on offer, it usually means making several trips. What’s on the priority list of one traveler may be entirely different from another, but most begin in the capital city of Quito, famously “in the clouds” at 9,350 feet above sea level. It was built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city and today it features an incredibly well-preserved colonial center along with centuries-old churches in Moorish and European styles. From here, many take off for the Galapagos while some venture to the Amazon and others into the Andes. When it comes to the best places to stay, our recommendations are spread throughout, with something for everyone, including the top cruise ships for exploring the Galapagos.

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Sarah Deutsch

My love for South America started when I was living in Lima, Peru, and family and friends came to visit. That year I went to Machu Picchu 5 times! I do not have one drop of Latin blood in me, which is painfully obvious if you see me dance, and yet without realizing it for the past 15 years South America has been my home.

Sarah Deutsch

Latin America Specialist

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Our recommended hotels in Ecuador

There are so many hotels and lodges across Ecuador’s many destinations, to help guide you we have put together some of our favourites and recommended options.

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