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Ecuador

Overview

Ecuador is a country of many riches. Located in the northwest of South America and straddling the equator, it is a country that has so much to offer. Explore the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest, hike the Ecuador Andes Mountains, eat your way through a country that draws its culinary influence from its deep-rooted Inca history and Spanish invaders, and dive in the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galapagos Islands, located 1000km off the Pacific Coast.

Ecuador gained its independence in 1830 and remains a democracy with a developing economy. Despite this, the country’s efforts to protect its ecology and biodiversity are astounding. In 2008 it became the first country in the world to recognise the Rights of Nature in its constitution. This is a significant first step towards a change in the worldview of humans and a lifeline for the biodiverse natural wonderland that exists between Ecuador’s borders.

All you need is Ecuador!

Snapshot

Surprisingly, if you’re looking for good weather in the Galapagos Islands, the rainy season is the best time to go. Running from January to May, it is warm, airy and sunny during the day with temperatures reaching an average of 30°C. Expect showers in the late afternoons and evenings as temperatures drop to 23°C. The dry season, June to December, is a lot cooler, with daytime temperatures reaching an average of 25°C. It’s muggy and overcast and temperatures drop to 20°C overnight.

We recommend dressing very conservatively, covering up adequately to avoid unwanted attention. It is acceptable to wear more liberal western clothing within resorts or onboard your liveaboard.

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Take normal travel precautions when eating and drinking – tap water is not safe to drink unless boiled or chemically treated.

Diving

Overview

When we talk about diving in Ecuador, the main attraction is the Galapagos Islands. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is afforded protection from commercial fishing as it is based in a marine reserve. Couple this with the deep sea upwellings that the Islands are known for and you have one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems on the planet.

If you would prefer to take the path less travelled and dive off the coast of mainland Ecuador, Machalilla National Park is your destination. As the park is not afforded the same protection as the waters of the Galapagos, it does not have the same abundance of marine life. However, it is known to feature some of the notable species that are endemic to the Galapagos archipelago.

Temperature

25-26C Jan to Jun, 23-24C Jul to Dec 5mm due to presence of thermoclines

Dive Season

Year round depending on what you want to see.
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Dive Highlights

Pelagics central!

Regions

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