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Ecuador's Andes and Galapagos Islands hop

12 days from £2,866pp

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Ecuador's Andes and Galapagos Islands hop


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This is an economically priced, imaginative and exciting trip where you will visit both the Andean landscapes on the Ecuador mainland and jet off to the wildlife Mecca of the Galápagos for a stay in cheerful family-run hotels on two different islands.

Begin with a guided exploration of the exquisite colonial core of Quito then set off to explore the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where snow-draped mountains pepper a landscape dominated by the perfect cone of Cotopaxi (5,897m). Drive south, with a stop-off for a walk through pretty countryside and visits to local markets and communities, to board the train which makes the spectacular zig-zag descent of a near vertical cliff - the Devil’s Nose - and continues through tropical plantations to the effervescent port Guayaquil on the Pacific coast. Fly to the Galápagos Islands to stay in welcoming oceanfront hotels on two of the larger volcanic islands, linked by speedboat.

You’ll immediately be spellbound by the abundance of trusting wildlife, from sea-lions and iguanas to albatrosses and penguins. With a week there based at conveniently-located accommodation you have plenty of time to go out wildlife spotting, snorkelling and sign up locally for activities such as nature walks and kayaking. 

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito; transfer to hotel in the historic centre.

Day 2

Guided walking tour of colonial Quito.

Day 3

Drive to Cotopaxi National Park; guided river walk.

Day 4

Visit an indigenous local market and a llama museum.

Day 5

Travel by train from the Andes to the Pacific coast.

Day 6

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands (2hrs) transfer to hotel on Santa Cruz Island.

Day 7

Boat trip to neighbouring islands.

Day 8

Day at leisure on Santa Cruz island

Day 9

By speedboat to San Cristóbal Island.

Day 10

Snorkelling at Kicker Rock.

Day 11

Day at leisure on San Cristóbal Island.

Day 12

Fly to the mainland to connect with your international flight.

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What our experts say

This was a fun trip to put together as it combines Ecuador’s traditional mainland highlights with an innovative island-hopping itinerary in the Galápagos. It’s perfect for people who would prefer to be based on land in the Galápagos, rather than on a cruise, and would like to see and experience famous attractions such as the Devil’s Nose rail journey and Cotopaxi volcano.

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Places visited

Quito building
Things to do

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