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Family Ecuador and Galapagos: Amazonian tribe and wildlife encounters

13 days from £5,254pp

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Family Ecuador and Galapagos: Amazonian tribe and wildlife encounters

13 days from £5,254pp

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Tiny Ecuador is a perfect destination for families. The country is compact and easy to get around, so journeys tend to be short and scenic. Sitting at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes, Ecuador encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate. Here your family will have a truly exotic and educational experience, with lots of fun built in, mind boggling landscapes and trusting wildlife.

Quito sits amid a bowl of snow-capped mountains and volcanoes and is the capital of Ecuador. You get to explore the old city and also to spend a couple of days in the highlands, visiting the famous craft market town of Otavalo, your first opportunity to interact with indigenous people in a country with strong age-old traditions and customs.

Ecuador’s Amazonia sounds remote but in fact it is easily reached. Your family has a unique opportunity to meet and learn from the friendly and welcoming Quichua people, who are hoping that the influx of visitors will help their conservation initiatives in their pristine territory.

Fly to the Galápagos Islands, but instead of taking a conventional cruise you will stay on two islands  -  Santa Cruz and Floreana -   among the largest and most interesting - sleeping in unison with nature in tented camps and shoreline cottages. Marvel at the giant tortoises, swim and snorkel with sea-lions and eyeball prehistoric-looking iguanas.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Guided walking tour of colonial Quito.

Day 3

By air and river to the Amazon basin.

Day 4

Stay in a community-owned rainforest lodge.

Day 5

Wildlife-spotting in Yasuni National Park and community visit.

Day 6

Transfer to Ecuador's highlands.

Day 7

Visit Otavalo market and surrounding craft villages.

Day 8

Bird-watching, horse riding and visit to the local community.

Day 9

Fly to the Galápagos Islands

Day 10

Explore Santa Cruz and Bartolome islands, motor launch cruise.

Day 11

Travel to Floreana Island; kayaking and snorkelling.

Day 12

Explore Floreana highlands.

Day 13

Return to Baltra and fly to Guayaquil connect with international flight.

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Included in this holiday

Places visited


Otavalo Indians
Thing to do

Visit Otavalo market

Casona de la Ronda

Casona de la Ronda


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What our experts say

The morning spent on ‘jungle survival skills’ was a real highlight – my normally jaded 16 year old son loved learning how to use a blowpipe and practice his spear throwing technique! Learning about the local community's way of life – and the impact that oil exploration can have on indigenous communities – made a lasting impression.


Sarah Bradley



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