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Ecuador Excites

Marvel as you fly in to Quito, a sprawling city wedged amongst the peaks of the Andean foothills. Explore the wonders of Quito and its surrounding areas, including visiting local communities and their busy markets and voyaging through the beautiful volcano region. Next, travel to the south of the country to discover Inca ruins to rival Machu Picchu, and picturesque towns. Finally, extend your tour to spend a few days getting up close and personal with the famous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

HighlivesPrice: From £1600 per person

This Ecuadorian journey begins in the highland capital of Quito, with a guided tour of the city’s well-preserved colonial art and architecture and a trip to the nearby monument which marks the equator line and houses a museum showcasing the country’s diverse ethnic roots.

Explore the country’s indigenous heritage with a visit to Pujili market, before heading south towards the Cotopaxi province, following winding roads past the stunning Ecuadorian Andes.

Out of Quito, the journey continues by bus through Cotopaxi National Park, home of the world’s highest active volcano, stretching to the sky in a distinctive cone rising to almost 5,900 metres. Stop off for a short hike to discover the diverse local flora and fauna. Ascend to the José Ribas refuge, at 4,800 m to take a short path to the edge of the glaciers. Later, visit a rose plantation and learn about Ecuador's famous roses and the production of these flowers.

Continue to Baños to explore “The route of the waterfalls”, the highlight of which is in Rio Verde, where you can take a short walk through the cloud forest to reach the thundering waterfall known as "Pailon del Diablo" (Devil's Cauldron).

At the small town of Alausí, witness the revival of Ecuador’s 100-year-old railways, which have been restored and renovated to their former glory. This includes a dramatic ride along the Devil’s Nose, a thrilling 800-metre descent along a precipitous rocky route towards the Inca fortress site of Ingapirca.

This part of the journey ends in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city, but with peaceful cobbled streets and pretty tiled roofs that provide a relaxed atmosphere for visiting the local markets and art collections.

Accommodation on the mainland is either in larger upscale hotels or, if you prefer, we can provide smaller boutique residences.

Following your tour of the mainland, you have the option to extend your trip with a few days in the Galapagos Islands. 

Take a multi-day cruise aboard one of our selected vessels that provides comfort, expert guidance and adventure to get the very maximum out of your time exploring this special place. You will have excursions on land, with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and trekking to secluded beaches. You will also have opportunities for kayaking and snorkelling.

Price per person

Mainland Tour: From £1600

Galapagos Extension: From £2170



Ecuadorian Amazon || Cusco and Machu Picchu


  • Day 1: Quito
    International arrival in Quito. Transfer from airport to hotel. City tour of Quito and visit to the Centre of the World, the Equatorial Monument which marks the exact middle of the world.
  • Day 2: Pujili Indigenous Market – Quilotoa Crater Lake
    Visit the indigenous market of Pujili, a riot of smells and colours. Continue to the picturesque Quilotoa Crater Lake - walk from the rim of the crater down to the turquoise shores and ride back up on horses or mules. Lunch overlooking the lake.
  • Day 3: Cotopaxi National Park – Rose Plantation – Baños
    Drive to Cotopaxi National Park for a short hike at the feet of the snow-capped colossus. Continue to the José Ribas refuge, at 4,800m, to take a short path to the edge of the glaciers. Later visit one of the many rose plantations that have made Ecuadorian roses famous all around the world, then continue on to Baños; a lively pilgrimage town with famous thermal springs and a beautiful cathedral.
  • Day 4: Pailon del Diablo – Baños – Riobamba
    Visit the beautiful cathedral and enjoy the extraordinary scenery before starting the day’s adventure: “The route of the waterfalls”, which runs along the Pastaza River Gorge. In the afternoon, continue to the highest volcano in Ecuador, Chimborazo (6,310 m).
  • Day 5: Devil's Nose – Ingapirca – Cuenca
    Travel towards the small town of Alausí, the heart of the rehabilitation of the Ecuadorian Railway Company in recent years. Take an 800-metre (2630-foot) descent via zigzags cut into the rock of the Devil's Nose formation. At the bottom spend time in the newly renovated Sibambe Station and visit the museum "Condor Puñuna" built and run by the Nizag community. Continue by bus to the Inca fortress of Ingapirca before arrival at Cuenca at dusk.
  • Day 6: Cuenca city tour
    Discover Ecuador's third largest city, with its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums.
  • Day 7: Cajas National Park – Guayaquil
    Travel across El Cajas National Park before descending to the coastal region, passing through beautiful and changing landscapes. Enter the bustling metropolis of Guayaquil, the largest city in the Ecuador, before exploring the area on foot.
  • Day 8: Galapagos
    Fly to Baltra Island before crossing the Itabaca Channel, which separates it from Santa Cruz Island. Visit the highlands of the Island, and see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat, a unique experience!
  • Day 9: North Seymour Island
    A stroll on flat terrain allows the observation of Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. Towards the other side of the island, the ocean crashes against the rocks and sea lions surf in the waves.
  • Day 10: Plaza Island
    This small island is full of fascinating wildlife, at sea side and along the cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colour with the seasons.
  • Day 11: Santa Cruz Island
    Leave the hotel early in the morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to famous "Lonesome George" and many other giant tortoises. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra to take the flight back to the continent.
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