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Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3,110pp

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

High-altitude Andean hikes suitable for keen walkers. Views of both wilderness and farmsteads and traditional settlements are stunning throughout. Arrive at a welcoming country lodge at the end of the day.

  • Half day walk to La Viudita
  • Trek around Quilotoa crater
  • Full day trek to Pasachoa volcano summit
  • Full day trek to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Climb to snow line of Cotopaxi volcano

Ecuador is an ideal destination for hikers. This lodge to lodge trek will appeal to those who wish to avoid camping, and to meet local people. The walks are always picturesque, with views over snow-dappled mountain landscapes, plains of rough wind-battered grass and icy lagoons. The thrill of arriving at the rim of a volcanic crater cannot be exaggerated, nor can the feeling of achievement when you arrive at the snow-line of Cotopaxi, one of the highest Andean volcanoes.

There are simple but warm and cosy rural farms and inns to stay in, where you will receive a warm welcome and be able to relax after the day’s exertions.

The tiny republic sits at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes and encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate. It's easy to get around, so journeys tend to be short and scenic, leaving you plenty of time for your hikes.

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Very efficient with the booking process and very helpful with his service throughout. Adam was always prompt and helpful in answering all our questions prior to departure.

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Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

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