Overview & Highlights
With the freedom of your own self drive hire car, explore the varied Andean landscapes of Ecuador along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and a variety of great cities in under two weeks.
- Walking tour of colonial Quito
- Cotopaxi and Las Cajas National Parks
- Devil's Nose railway
- 9 days Self-Drive around Ecuador
Wedged between Peru and Colombia, mainland Ecuador is certainly more compact than its larger Andean neighbours, but no less diverse for that. For those with limited time who wish to experience a wide variety of gob-smacking landscapes and traditional cultures, it’s a near perfect destination. And what better way to explore than by self-drive hire car.
The recently expanded and paved road network, negotiating the sun-scarred plateaux and plunging down through the shadows of near vertical, cloudforest-shrouded valleys guides you along a cross-section of this beautiful country. Twists and turns, switchbacks, tunnels, four-lane auto-routes and shady cobbled country lanes all feature in this holiday which not only introduces you to Ecuador’s main artery, the Panamerican Highway following the iconic Avenue of the Volcanoes, but also back-roads though patch-worked rural landscapes peopled by tight-knit communities where custom and tradition still govern the leisurely-paced bucolic way of life.
With the freedom of your own hire car, discover all this as well as Ecuador’s three illustrious metropolises, each standing in stark contrast to its sisters: the capital, Quito, a mélange of evocative history and dynamic contemporary society; Cuenca, one of the continent’s best preserved and stately colonial Spanish cities and Guayaquil, a vivacious and sultry port on the tropical coast of the Pacific Ocean.
We book your car, your accommodation, and supply loads of useful information including alternative routes and optional experiences based on our own travels along these routes.
Arrive Quito, transfer to hotel in historic centre.
Guided walking tour of the colonial core.
Transfer to the airport to collect your hire car; set off on your self-drive adventure.
Cotopaxi National Park, drive to Quilotoa.
Drive to thermal spa resort town, Baños.
At leisure in Baños – optional adventures.
Drive to Alausi.
Devils’ Nose train ride, continue to Cuenca via Ingapirca ruins.
At leisure in Cuenca.
Drive to Guayaquil via las Cajas National Park.
Explore Guayaquil, depart for international flight, the Galápagos islands or the Amazon jungle.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Quito
Casona de la Ronda
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Avenue of the Volcanoes
Hostal Mama Hilda
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Andes to Amazon
Samari Spa Resort
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Avenue of the Volcanoes
Hosteria la Quinta
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Cuenca
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Guayaquil
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"Hats off to the Ecuadoreans for reinstating this railway line! It really is one of the world's great train journeys, and all managed with such style and comfort."AD, Newcastle
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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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Real Latin America Experts
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
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.
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.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
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.