Top things to do

Museum in The Galápagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Institute

This research station contains a national park information center, an informative museum, a baby tortoise house with incubators where you can see hatchlings and young tortoises, and a walk-in adult tortoise enclosur…
Museum in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Interpretation Center

This modern and easily digestable center explains the history and significance of the Galápagos better than anywhere else in the country. Exhibits deal with the biology, geology and human history of the islands - it…
in Ecuador

Museo Salango

In Salango itself take a peek in the small archaeological Museo Salango. Most of the explanations are in Spanish; a gift shop offers crafts by local artisans.
in Santa Elena Peninsula to Guayaquil

Los Amantes de Sumpa

Located a couple of blocks from the main road on the west side of town, the museum displays several 8000-year-old skeletons, including two embracing as amantes (lovers) in the position they were found.
in Northern Highlands

El Forastero

Offers hearty breakfasts and a good seco (meat in sauce) served with rice.
Arts & Crafts in Peguche

El Gran Condor

On the central plaza of Peguche, El Gran Condor is the place for textile fanatics who didn’t find what they wanted in Otavalo. The shop sells high-quality textiles made locally, including sweaters, scarves and wall …
Ecuadorian in Quilotoa


This comparatively swanky restaurant is located right up on the crater rim. Offering classics like locro de papas (potato soup with avocado and cheese) and choclo con queso (corn on the cob with fresh cheese), Kirut…
Tunnel in Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

Lava Tunnels

These impressive underground tunnels southeast of the village of Santa Rosa are more than 1km in length and were formed when the outside skin of a molten-lava flow solidified. When the lava flow ceased, the molten l…
Wildlife Reserve in Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

Rancho Primicias

Next to El Chato is this private ranch, owned by the Devine family. There are dozens of giant tortoises, and you can wander around at will. The entrance is beyond Santa Rosa, off the main road – ask locals for direc…
in Gualaceo, Chordeleg & Sígsig


On the central plaza, a small museum details the history and techniques of woodcarvings, pottery, textiles, and panama hats and sells some locally made work.