Honeymoon in Ecuador & The Galápagos
This small nation packs a punch with many iconic sights, a honeymoon in Ecuador is perfect for ticking off your Latin America bucket list…
With the Andes, the Amazon, Indigenous culture and the Galápagos Islands lying 1000km off its coastline in the Pacific Ocean, a honeymoon in Ecuador is a perfect destination for ticking off your South America bucket list.
Most couples will start in the capital city, Quito. With much of the Spanish colonial architecture still intact, it’s easy to see why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many attractions within driving distance of this high-altitude city. Go zip lining and whitewater rafting in the Mindo Cloud Forest and visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo (the middle of the earth). South America’s largest market at Otavalo, which dates back to pre-colonial times, is also nearby and a must-add on to your honeymoon in Ecuador itinerary. You can buy the famed colourful textiles from indigenous women. You can even take a weaving class.
Cotopaxi National Park, home to the snowcapped, Cotopaxi Volcano is also a must. Go biking and hiking amongst these majestic Andes mountains. Visit Papallacta Hot Springs for a soak in the mineral-rich waters of the thermal pools with Antisana volcano dusted with snow as your backdrop – heaven! Visit the town of Baños at the Tungurahua Volcano for more hot springs plus horse riding, hiking and waterfalls. The Amazon rainforest will usually be on most honeymoon in Ecuador bucket-list. Chill in a hammock at your riverside lodge and listen to the birdsong. Take a canoe down the river and learn about one of the most important part of the earth’s ecosystems.
If you have time, fly to Cuenca, another UNESCO World Heritage Site city and explore the nearby El Cajas National Park. If you’re looking for Pacific Ocean vibes, Guayaquil is the gateway to beach towns like Salinas and Montanita. You could also take a trip to Isla de la Plata, known as ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’ and ‘little Galapagos’. While not as impressive as the real thing, for those on a budget, you may decide to take the trip.
The Galapagos Islands are like nowhere else on earth and if you are planning a honeymoon in Ecuador, they are probably the reason you’re thinking of going there. This archipelago is teeming with unique wildlife and marine life. Discover your inner Attenborough on a 7-14 island-hop aboard a small ship with an adventure company like G Adventures or a luxury expedition cruise ship. Santa Cruz Island, where Charles Darwin Research Station is based.
This is the main tourism hub of the Galapagos islands (there is also an airport on Baltra Island). There are plenty of activities, including hiking, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Visit Tortuga Bay for sea turtles. Whatever way you choose to travel, you’ll get to meet many sea lions and iguanas and witness unique and beautiful flora such as lava plants. Did we mention the beautiful beaches? Dotted with paradise beaches that would give the Indian Ocean a run for its money, the Galápagos islands have the bonus of wonderful wildlife included.
We just love a honeymoon in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands for a unique bucket list adventure. Ecuador has many incredible sites to see but for couples with more time, you could add on another Central & South American country like Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil or even Mexico for an epic multi-destination honeymoon. There are also flights cities like Miami in the USA which would make a great stopover on your way to/from a honeymoon in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
Best time to visit Ecuador & The Galápagos
Due to varying microclimates across the country, Ecuador can be visited all year round. It is cooler and wetter between January and May (one of the best times to visit Galápagos) but you should not experience extreme weather events.
The good news is that there is no bad time to visit Galápagos and the flora and fauna can be experienced all year around. There is a cool and dry season from June to November and a warm and wet from December to May. If there is a specific species that you would like to see, then it is worth researching if the season is appropriate. The warm season is the best for diving.
Honeymoon in Ecuador & The Galápagos FAQs
Is Ecuador & The Galápagos good for a honeymoon?
Yes! A honeymoon in Ecuador is perfect for outdoor, history and culture lovers.
How long do you need for a honeymoon in Ecuador & The Galápagos?
We recommend at least 7 nights for a honeymoon in Ecuador and at least 7 nights for the Galápagos. However, the ideal duration of a honeymoon in Ecuador can vary depending on personal preferences and budget. 14 nights will allow you some time to recover from jet lag and have time for multiple destinations, activities and relaxing.
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