The Rough Guide to Ecuador & The Galápagos

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Practical travel guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos with a free eBook featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Ecuador & the Galápagos. The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Ecuador & the Galápagos, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos covers: Quito; The Northern Sierra; The Central Sierra; The Southern Sierra; The Oriente; The Northern Lowlands and Coast; Guayaquil and the Southern Coast; The Galápagos Islands.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Ecuador & the Galápagos , from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Laguna Quilotoa to family activities in child-friendly places, like Parque Nacional Machalilla or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like la Compañía.


Essential pre-departure information including Ecuador & the Galápagos entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Ecuador & the Galápagos give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for observing the unique wildlife, surfing or exploring craft villages.


Rough Guides' rundown of Otavalo, Riobamba, Parque Nacional Yasuní, the Galápagos Islands's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Ecuador & the Galápagos, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Ecuador & the Galápagos, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Ecuador & the Galápagos, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Quito hillside and the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa .


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Guayaquil, Quito and many more locations in Ecuador & the Galápagos, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.


Free eBook download with every purchase of a printed book allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789194555
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 11/1/2019
Pages: 440
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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3.9 out of 5, 11 global ratings

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Bought as a gift

Reviewed on December 05, 2022
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My friend was happy with this book and found it useful on her holiday to Ecuador

Amazon Customer

A must have in your rucksack!

Reviewed on April 07, 2022
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Provided good up to date information on our trip with maps, interesting history and a really useful aid.

Amazon Customer

A poor man's Lonely Planet guide

Reviewed on February 23, 2022
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Poorly laid out in extensive prose that makes it difficult to log points of interest. An excessive focus on describing plazas and roads comes at the expense of clearly defined sections. Has a complete lack of pricing information and the town descriptions lack basic indicators like population. Space dedicated to nightlife and restaurants in limited. Penny pinching by the publisher has led to heavy text density and poor formating that makes the book hard to use.

Travelling from Cuba to Bolivia via much of central America and have read a guide for every country along the way. This is certainly the worst.

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