Top things to do

Top Choice Island in Isla San Cristóbal (Chatham)

León Dormido

About an hour’s boat ride northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is León Dormido (Kicker Rock), so named because of its resemblance to a sleeping lion. León Dormido is an imposing, vertical, sheer-walled tuff cone tha…
Top Choice Brewery in Montañita

Montañita Brewing Company

At the northern end of the beach, overlooking the sand, the only micro-brewery on Ecuador's coast serves up Amazonian IPA, chocolate stout, blackberry, jalapeno and passion-fruit blondes, and tropical ciders (mango,…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

El Chato Tortoise Reserve

South of Santa Rosa is El Chato Tortoise Reserve, where you can observe giant tortoises in the wild. When these virtually catatonic, prehistoric-looking beasts extend their accordionlike necks to feed, it’s an impre…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Lo Nuestro

Housed in a century-old mansion complete with wooden shutters and period furniture, Lo Nuestro is one of the most atmospheric places in Guayaquil to feast on ceviche, sea bass with crab, and other seafood dishes. Mu…
Top Choice Volcano in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Volcán Alcedo

The summit of this volcano (1097m) is famous for its 7km-wide caldera and steaming fumaroles. Hundreds of giant tortoises can be seen here, especially from June to December, and juvenile hawks soar on thermal updraf…
Top Choice Museum in Puerto Ayora

MAPRAE

The first of its kind in the world, this museum uses augmented reality to showcase a permanent exhibition of 55 pre-Columbian artifacts. The ancient cultures of Ecuador’s Amazon and coastal regions are brought to li…
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Villamil

Coco Surf

This sidewalk cafe serves up some of the tastiest seafood dishes in all of the Galápagos, and you'll hardly notice the high price points once the live band starts jamming out to jazzy island tunes. The tuna tartare …
Top Choice Church in Quito

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of Old Town. Free guided tours in English or Spanish highlight the church’s unique featur…
Top Choice Museum in Cuenca

Museo del Banco Central ‘Pumapungo’

One of Ecuador's most significant museums, Pumapungo houses great modern art downstairs, but the highlight is on the second floor. Here begins a comprehensive voyage through Ecuador's diverse indigenous cultures, wi…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Casa Museo Guayasamín

In the former home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), this wonderful museum houses the most complete collection of the artist's work. Guayasamín was also an avid collector, and the museum display…