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Family Holidays, Family Friendly Hotels & Things to do with Kids in Ecuador



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With jungle, beaches, mountains and the Galapagos Islands all in one country, Ecuador is a paradise for family holidays, with loads of exciting activities, and rare and exotic animals galore to marvel at.

Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America. Sitting on the equator –hence the name – this Andean country is home to huge diversity, from lush jungles to spectacular mountains. Like its neighbour Peru, Ecuador was home to the Incas before the Spanish arrived to colonise, and it has beautifully preserved colonial towns.

Ecuador’s size makes it ideal for family travel, since you don’t have to travel far to get to the different areas, and many attractions are easily reachable from the capital, Quito. This stunning, historic city is located at 2850m above sea level, and is close to the Mitad del Mundo, the equator itself - a fascinating and educational visit.

Close to Quito you can see craft markets, which are famous for their musical instruments - fun for children to play their favourite tunes. Delightful Spanish-style haciendas offer horse-riding outings.

In the jungle, you can stay in an eco-lodge and travel by boat to see freshwater dolphins and anacondas, and walk through the dense forest learning about medicinal plants and edible insects. Along the Andes, spectacular snow-capped volcanoes make great hiking destinations for those after a challenge – some are still live, and you can see molten lava in their craters.

Kayaking and rafting make for high-adrenalin adventures, but the unmissable trip in Ecuador is the Galapagos. These Pacific islands are home to species which are not found anywhere else in the world, such as marine iguanas, giant land tortoises and blue-footed boobies. All of them roam wild, so you can see them up close – and enjoy unforgettable experiences such as swimming with seals.

The best time to visit Ecuador is from June to September, which is the driest season in most of the country, including the Galapagos, although the jungle can still be wet at this time of year – this is best visited in October to March, when you’ll avoid the heavy downpours which can make walking in the jungle extremely hard going, especially for little ones.

All the above trips can be arranged with Isango Tours


Recommended Family Friendly Hotels in Ecuador

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Just a stones’ throw from the immaculate Abdon Calderon Park in family friendly Cuenca, is the Hotel Casa San Rafael. This charming boutique hotel has well appointed rooms, complimentary breakfast, and lets the kids (under 8) stay for free when sharing room with adults! More details...

If visiting the Capital, Quito, then stay at the Lugano Suites Hotelin the Capital, Quito are great for families, with spacious accommodation of 1 or 2 bed suites, equipped with separate living/dining room with kitchenette, and bedroom. The bathrooms are a little on the small side, but the excellent service makes up for it! More details...

Swissotel Quito - Great base for a family holiday. With large clean rooms and excellent connected indoor and outdoor pool. More details...

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If you are splashing out then stay at the former home of Juan Díaz de Hidalgo, one of the Spanish conquerors who founded the city of Quito at the beginning of the 16th century. The Hotel Plaza Grande has 15 luxury elegant suites. Although there are no formal children facilities in place here, kids are very welcome, spare beds and babysitting services are available too. More details...

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa in Cotacachi is a child friendly and Eco friendly hotel just less than 3 hours north of Quito. This hidden gem perched on an Andean hillside is located close to the natural sites of Cuicocha Crater Lake and San Pablo Lake. This little slice of heaven is a great place to relax, do not expect kids club and live entertainment. More details...


Recommended family friendly holidays to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Should you fancy an adventure holiday in Ecuadors natural surroundings, take an family adventure holiday and try some outdoor adventures such as: mountain biking down volcanoes, horseback riding through the Cotopaxi National Park, zip lining through the lush cloud forest, and white water rafting through the Amazonian rainforest. Click here for a selection of family holidays in Ecuador.

Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour


Visit the Old Town Quito and discover some of the city's most historic buildings as well as the local food culture on this full-day walking tour! Tour the Monastery of San Francisco and learn about its impressive history from your expert guide. Admire the Independence Monument, Archbishop's Palace and Government Palace while at Independence Plaza. Taste authentic Ecuadorian food at lunch and try exotic fruits and vegetables at a local farmers’ market before visiting the home of a local resident, where you'll learn about traditional foods served in Quito, including tamales and empanadas.

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Our recommended family friendly hotel in Quito (Quito)
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Plaza Grande Hotel

  
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García Moreno y Chile (esquina) 
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The Hotel Plaza Grande has 15 luxury elegant suites. Although there are no formal children facilities in place here, kids are very welcome, spare beds and babysitting services are available too.



Our recommended family friendly hotel in Quito
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Swissôtel Quito

  
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Avenida 12 de Octubre 1820 y Luis Cordero 
Distance: 2.3 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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Our recommended family friendly hotel in Quito
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Lugano Suites Hotel

  
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Suiza N33-132 Y Checoslovaquia 
Distance: 3.2 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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LittleTravellers.com review of Lugano Suites Hotel

Lugano Suites Hotel located in a lovely part of town next to Parque Carolina. It has 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, with a kitchenette, making it ideal to comfortably accommodate the family. Parque Carolina, and the beautiful Botanical gardens are well worth a visit too!



Our recommended family friendly hotel in Cotacachi
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La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

  
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10 De Agosto S/N 
Distance: 39.7 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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LittleTravellers.com review of La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa in Cotacachi is a child friendly and Eco friendly hotel just less than 3 hours north of Quito. This hidden gem perched on an Andean hillside is located close to the natural sites of Cuicocha Crater Lake and San Pablo Lake. This little slice of heaven is a great place to relax, do not expect kids club and live entertainment.



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Home Quito

  
Av. Edmundo Carvajal Oe5-117 
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Hostal La Villa

  
Toledo Número 24-675 y Coruña 
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Hotel Catedral Internacional

  
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Calle Mejía Oe6-34 
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Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuña

  
Centro Historico Bolivar Oe6-105 y Cuenca 
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Hotel Patio Andaluz

  
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García Moreno 6-52 - Between Mejía and Olmedo 
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Hotel El Relicario Del Carmen

  
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Venezuela 1041 Y Olmedo (N6-43) 
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Useful telephone number in Ecuador

Emergency numbers
911 – Emergency
102 – Fire
131 – Medical Emergency (Ambulance/First Aid)
101 – Police

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Embassies of all countries in Ecuador - Click here

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