Ecuador airports are the most common starting place for a trip to one of the planet’s most biologically diverse countries, offering adventurous travelers the opportunity to climb volcanoes, hike through rainforests, and gaze into craters. Unless you’re backpacking through South America and thus arriving on your own from a neighboring country, there will be some airport travel involved in reaching Ecuador. There are several airports available, depending on your point of origin, where you want to go, and what things to do appeal to you. Many international visitors start out at Quito Airport, but it is possible that other airports might offer a cheaper alternative. With a little research you can discover the cheapest time to fly to Ecuador.
There are several international Ecuador airports, including Quito Airport, the airport in Guayaquil, and the airport in Esmeraldas. Many international travelers will begin their exploration of Ecuador in the capital city of Quito. This airport handles approximately 4 million passengers per year. There are several airlines that offer service to the Quito Airport including American, United, Delta, Iberia, and several smaller airlines such as AeroGal, Avianca, Copa Airlines, LAN, and more. Visitors who want to arrive from other South American cities will be able to fly from Bogota, Lima, Caracas, and others without a problem.
Flights directly from the US to Ecuador airports operate all year long, though they are more common during the peak tourist season of June through September. While the temperature doesn’t vary greatly in Ecuador as a result of its location near the equator, there are still two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season coincides with traditional vacation periods in North America and Europe, which results in the peak travel being in the summer months. This time of year is definitely not the cheapest to fly to Ecuador, and if you’re traveling on a budget, these months along with the Christmas and New Years holidays might be best avoided.
At some point during their vacation, many travelers return to one of the Ecuador airports for a flight to the Galapagos Islands. These islands are a three-hour flight away from the mainland, and flights are available both from Quito and Guayaquil. The range of wildlife on the Galapagos Islands is simply stunning, and if at all possible, you should plan a trip to the islands during your holiday to Ecuador. With two options for airports, flights should be available even on relatively short notice, though it is always smart to plan as far ahead as possible for this type of excursion.
The cheapest time to fly to Ecuador is in the off season from January through May. Although this is considered the wet season, these months often have the best beach weather. If you are willing to deal with rainshowers in the afternoon, and otherwise sunny weather, you will save money at the same time as enjoying a fantastic trip to Ecuador. Prices will be lower, crowds will be fewer, and you will be able to get to know a more authentic side to Ecuador. Visitors should be aware that there is a departure tax of $40 for every person that visits Ecuador. Local airports will be just the beginning of an exciting trip through a diverse country.
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