Overview & Highlights
This comfortable classic group journey takes you to Ecuador's contrasting landscapes, lifestyles and cultures. In addition, there’s a week spent cruising the wildlife theatre of the Galápagos Islands.
- Quito: guided city tour
- Avenue of the Volcanoes: Cotopaxi and Limpiopungo
- Avenue of the Volcanoes: Devil's Nose train ride
- Avenue of the Volcanoes: guided tour of Ingapirca Inca site
- Cuenca: visit to Las Cajas National Park
- Galápagos Islands: 8 day cruise with guided land excursions and optional snorkeling everyday
Sitting at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes, this small country encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate, and this comfortable journey takes you to its contrasting landscapes, lifestyles and cultures. The trip begins in the capital, Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, which sits amid a bowl of snow-capped mountains and active volcanoes; and continues south, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes via the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca and the upland wilderness of Las Cajas National Park.
Leaving the mainland behind, fly 1,000km west over the Pacific to the Galápagos archipelago. This small cluster of islands is home to a wealth of birds and beasts, many of which are ancient and endemic, and your 8 day cruise will introduce you to the highlights of one of the world's most remarkable ecosystems.
UK clients depart arriving Quito, Ecuador, the same day
Transfer to hotel in Quito, overnight in the capital.
Walking tour of the city.
Head down the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Riobamba via Cotopaxi.
Continue south to Alausi for the Devil's Nose train ride.
Continue by bus to Cuenca.
Explore Cuenca, optional visits to Gualaceo and Chordeleg.
Drive from the Andes to the tropical coast at Guayaquil. Stop on the way at Las Cajas National Park.
Fly to the Galápagos Islands, embark on your motor cruiser.
Land excursions from the cruise around the Galápagos Islands
Fly to Guayaquil, connect with your extension or your international flight home.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Enjoyed the trip to the equator while in Quito. Loved Alausi, very interesting place, people. Cuenca was lovely, very easy to get around, felt safe, staff at hotel very helpful, happy hour cocktails 2 for 1 delicious! Las Cajas national park very interesting. The Galapagos week was fantastic! Staff really professional, islands and wildlife more than I imagined, learnt to snorkel, scenery fantastic. The group were also really nice, and as a single traveller this made my holiday really special. And on the whole the weather was very sunny and warm. Enjoyed the picnics we had during our trips in the Andes, which the tour leader arranged, especially the exotic fruits which she advised us to try.JC, Bury
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If there's somewhere you particularly want to go that isn't included in this tour, we can add on an extension to take you there.