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Off the beaten track Ecuador: From the Andes to the Amazon

9 days from £2,590pp

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

This adventurous holiday visits colonial Quito, the thermal springs at Papallacta, the Amazon jungle and the Otavalo region in the Andes.

Ecuador packs an astonishing array of landscapes, flora, fauna and human cultures into an area the size of Britain. This short holiday exposes this agreeable little country’s diversity, from snow-smothered Andean volcanic peaks to luscious Amazon rainforests. You’ll discover where to spot an abundance of wildlife, interact with indigenous communities and discover a traditional Andean way of life.

Few experiences have as much awe-inducing power as being surrounded by the untamed beauty of the Amazon rainforest. Ecuador’s share of the Amazon basin is the most accessible — you can get there easily by road. But before plunging down from historic Quito’s lofty Andean setting, you’ll spend a night surrounded by succulent cloudforest at Papallacta’s thermal spa.

The winding road starts its lonely descent, delivering you to your jungle Sacha Lodge in an ecological reserve on the banks of the Napo river, an Amazon tributary. Wildlife-spotting opportunities from a variety of viewpoints abound, local residents include toucans to alligators, spider monkeys to macaws. It’s a trip by river and air back to the Andean highlands where you head north to a colonial hacienda, Piman, set in wild prairies and cool forests, the home of endangered spectacled bears. From there, a train ride or visit to a traditional market enriches your experience.

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What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

Alcion was an excellent trip with a superb tour leader who enabled us to to understand and appreciate each country and place we visited even though packing in six countries. A great way to see and experience Central America.

AME, Cardiff

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Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

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