Overview & Highlights
Two contrasting regions in one trip: Andean Ecuador, dotted with snow-capped volcanoes, colonial cities and traditional cultures. And a land based stay in the Galápagos: different islands, adventures and wildlife by day and hotels at night.
- Quito: guided tour
- Cotopaxi: National Park and Limpiopungo lake
- Cotopaxi: Saquisili Market
- Cotopaxi: Quilotoa Crater
- Otavalo: market and weaving
- Galápagos Islands: Kayak the Itabaca Channel
- Galápagos Islands: Giant tortoises of Santa Cruz
- Galápagos Islands: Tinoteras Islands tour
- Galápagos Islands: Hike to the Wall of Tears
- Galápagos Islands: Day of guided walks on Isabela Island
We start our journey in mainland Ecuador in colonial Quito before we set off down the Avenue of the Volcanoes travelling through glorious mountain scenery, with two nights spent in a lodge in the shadow of Cotopaxi mountain.
Having spent time exploring Otavalo, we fly to the Galápagos Islands to spend a few gently active days discovering a selection of the contrasting islands. With time split between Santa Cruz and Isabela island, the famous trusting wildlife is everywhere to be seen, both from afar and way up close.
UK clients depart, arriving Quito, Ecuador, the same day.
Tour of the historic centre of Quito.
Visit the Cotopaxi National Park.
Explore indigenos Andean communities and mysterious craters.
Visit the famous Otavalo market.
Return to Quito.
Fly to the Galápagos.
Speedboat to Isabela Island - wildlife spotting and snorkelling.
Explore the volcanic landscapes of the island.
Fly to Guayaquil, connect with your extension or your international flight home.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Quito
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Avenue of the Volcanoes
Chilcabamba Mountain Lodge
Galapagos Islands / Isabela (Albemarle) / Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Magic Camp
Galapagos Islands / Isabela (Albemarle) / Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
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.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
An extremely memorable trip, well organised, with knowledgeable and passionate guides. I'm so lucky to have had this great experience and not to have had the worry of organising it!JB, Bristol
Experiencing an interesting mix of Colombian landscapes and wildlife and getting a real feel of the country and its people. Particularly liked Mompos and the Magdelena river and seeing the wax palms in the Valle de Cocora.JB. Gosport
Visiting 6 countries in 3 weeks is an incredible assault on the senses. Volcanoes, pre-columbian history, Spanish influences, the distinct colours of different countries, friendly people, amazing vegetation and exotic birds and animals.HF, Maidstone
I think that given the 3 week length and fitting in 6 countries will always mean that it is a very 'busy' tour and I think it is important to realise that it is a taster of each of the 6 countries. Any one of them could easily justify a longer stay. But a lot of people could not be away for a longer period of time. I am extremely happy to have visited each of the 6 countries. An unforgettable trip.
The 6 countries in Central America we visited all have a unique and distinctive culture, geography and atmosphere. This trip has created an incredible experience which brings a warm smile whichever of the many aspects I remember.
I would highly recommend this tour. The itinerary was very well chosen and we felt we saw as much as we could hope for in the time provided. The tour leader was highly professional and experienced, had excellent knowledge of the countries we visited and was available 24/7 for anything we needed. The local guides were excellent too and each gave us a special insight into the area we were visiting.MC, Australia
"The drive across the Salt Flats/Desert in Bolivia - generally the Andean scenery was breathtaking and the drives were something we had never experienced before."RS, Swanage
The whole trip was excellent and the tour leaders knowledge and personality enhanced it.VH, Torpoint
A well organised trip with mainly very knowledgeable guides. We would definitely book a group tour again as it took away a lot of hassle.JW, St Albans
"I was particularly impressed with the scenery in Bolivia. I had expected the salt flats but the rest of the country was a real bonus. On the optional excursions, I particularly enjoyed Chacaltaya and the star gazing in San Pedro."GP, Northwich
Cuba is a fascinating country and JLA have pulled together a fantastic trip with excellent local guides. It exceeded my expectations and I do hope to return one day.AES, Eastbourne
A really fantastic holiday. The organisation , accommodation, excursions, fellow group members and our superb tour leader all contributed to a wonderful experience.DB, Bedford
This was my third holiday with Journey Latin America, and once again all aspects of the service that I received was very good. Etienne was a great tour leader, and it was a pleasure to be in his company. I would not hesitate to recommend Journey Latin America to anyone, wishing to visit South America.PH, Basildon
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Colombia, which was very well organised by JLA.RW, London
Journey Latin America provided us with what we wanted and it seemed to be a sentiment shared by the group as several of us had looked at other organisations and had found them unsatisfactory.EU, London
We have travelled with JLA on several occasions throughout South America. JLA may not be the cheapest tour operator, but booking with JLA means peace of mind, expert and helpful advice, reliable pick ups and travel arrangements and expert and informative tour leaders and local guides. A holiday should be free of worry and JLA take care of everything!CR, Bath
Most memorable experience/aspect of your trip? "There are several - riding in different types of transportation i.e. coco cabs, bike taxi, American Chevy etc. The plantation walk in Vinales, meals arranged by the tour leader in paradors and the knowledge of the local guides."MR, Broxbourne
The Journey Latin America experience greatly enhanced my enjoyment and understanding of the culture and customs and Chile.JT, York
Another superb holiday with JLA I would never travel to Latin America with another company.BD, Hartlepool
"This is my fourth JLA trip and it was as fulfilling and enjoyable as the earlier ones. You run an excellent organisation-and I commend and thank you. I will be back!!"AM, London
Seeing the Condors taking flight first thing in the morning in the most stunning setting is a memory that will live with me forever. Looking down from the Sun Gate and seeing the full extent of the magical setting of Macchu Picchu was awe-inspiring.CD, Corbridge
Everyday was exhilarating and exciting. Guatemala was so colourful - the scenery, the markets, the food, the traditional dress, the flowers and birdlife. Delicious coffee! The itinerary enabled me to take in spectacular views of volcanoes, such as in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, of the Mayan ruins at Tikal and Yaxha.JH, Weybridge
It was our first experience of small group travel, and although on balance we prefer independant travel, to cover as many countries as we did, we couldn t have done it on our own!CS, Seaford
Our most memorable moments were the views in Rio, the Iguassu Falls, the initial impressions of La Paz, Copacabana and Puno (especially the hotel in Puno with its views of the Lake), the Andean Explorer and Sacred Valley train journeys and the magnificence of the Andes and Macchu Picchu.MH, Sherborne
It was a fantastic trip. There is an obvious division in Cuba between those who come into contact with tourists and those who don't and so, like a magnet around iron filings our very presence distorts and changes what we see. This is perhaps more the case in Cuba than elsewhere but as more people visit I hope this will reduce. It is, for the moment, part of the character of the country and part of the experience. I really can't fault the organisation of the trip and would just like to say again that our guide was fantastic at bringing the history and culture of Cuba alive for everyone.RN, London
I found the trip most enjoyable and very thoughtfully arranged to maximise our experience - I have no complaints at all about the trip and found it extremely enjoyable. Our Guide was excellent - very friendly and informative and looked after us all very well. Overall an extremely enjoyable holiday.CW, Newcastle
Amazing itinerary. Great group that bonded well and the best tour leader. All the places made it a memorable holiday. Machu Picchu, the train from Puno to Cusco and the flight of the condors added even more.DP, Hinckley
Riding a horse back up the track at Karajia when it started to rain and the frogs started to sing! Never heard anything like it. Travelling through spectacular country & seeing the local people. The mummies at the museum at Leymebamba.CE, Halesowen
I'm very much a novice when it comes to traveling and I love history & culture. I chose this trip with that in mind. As someone who is not an experienced traveller, some of the journeys are long but they are always worth it. Seeing these wonderful sites with often very few people about is great. This is a beautiful country and this is a wonderful trip that I would highly recommend to anyone with a love of history and a desire to learn more.
This great holiday was definitely made greater by the tour leader. Of course a small group travel made it possible to view more places.RR, Bolton
A journey to South America was a long held dream of mine, and Journey Latin America certainly fulfilled my dream.EM, Bromley
There were so many highlights and wows that it is difficult to say. Macchu Picchu lived up to our expectations and Bolivia was a truly unexpected surprise. Loved Rio and the Iguazu Falls.EG, Pinner
The many contrasts never ceased to surprise and delight. We enjoyed it all.GB, Bristol
The Paloma tour provides for a breath-taking combination of dramatic landscapes, local culture and iconic wildlife. I particularly love the opportunities for being active. A land, rather than cruise, based visit to the Galápagos means you can snorkel, hike, kayak or just take your time to soak up the unique and unforgettable atmosphere of the islands.
Sarah Bradley - Director
Managing Director Sarah Bradley joined as tour leader in 1987. Her vast travel experience and understanding of Latin America is invaluable. Book with Journey Latin America.
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Real Latin America Experts
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.