Overview & Highlights
A good value, economical holiday with small-scale, friendly accommodation. Includes Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano, the scenic railway to the Pacific coast and a land-based Galápagos Island adventure with activities and time to relax.
- Walking city tour in Quito
- Hike the Pita river canyon
- Latacunga market
- Visit to llama museum in Palacio Real
- Full day trip to South Plaza Island, Galápagos
- Snorkelling excursion to Kicker Rock, Galápagos
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.
Arrive in Quito; transfer to hotel in the historic centre.
Guided walking tour of colonial Quito.
Drive to Cotopaxi National Park; guided river walk.
Visit an indigenous local market and a llama museum.
Travel by train and road from the Andes to the Pacific coast.
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands (2hrs) transfer to hotel on Santa Cruz Island.
Boat trip to neighbouring islands.
Day at leisure on Santa Cruz island
By speedboat to San Cristóbal Island.
Snorkelling at Kicker Rock.
Day at leisure on San Cristóbal Island.
Fly to the mainland to connect with your international flight.
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