Highlights
  • Quito - Discover Ecuador's colonial Andean capital, surrounded by snow-capped mountains
  • Volcanoes - Picturesque drives through the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'
  • Otavalo - Visit the fascinating Indian market
  • Banos - Dramatic gateway to the jungles of the Orient
  • Cuenca - Explore this pretty city and visit a panama hat factory

This ambitious journey through the Ecuadorian Andes takes you on a discovery of the fascinating colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca, an exploration of the Amazonian wildlife along the Napo River, through thermal springs and along precarious railway tracks. The stunning scenery along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', the excitement of travelling on the Devil's Nose Railway and the wilderness of the Cajas National Park are just a few of the highlights of this trip. No visit to Ecuador is complete without visiting the Galapagos. The 18 volcanic islands and 40 islets host an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders not found anywhere in the world. If you would like to extend your mainland Ecuador trip, we have a selection of cruises exploring the Galapagos from three to seven nights, with three different standards of boats available to suit your budget. Type 'Galapagos' into the search bar on your left to see what is available.

Trip Description

Ecuador Adventure Holiday
Explore the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' and discover the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca on this fascinating trip to Ecuador. We also visit Otavalo Market and discover Cotopaxi - one of the world's highest active volcanoes (5897m), search for wildlife in the Amazon and travel on the exciting Devil's Nose Railway.

 
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4.5 Meals
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Ecuador Discovery

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Very memorable holiday for adults and children. January 2017

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Just arrived home from a week in Morocco on the family "Rock the Kasbah" adventure. I would like to say not only how great the activities were but also how good the the tour guide Fouad, the two drivers and cook were.
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Great tour guide and very helpful. January 2017

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Just returned from the indochina encounter tour and had an amazing time. Tour guides in Cambodia and Vietnam were great and explore were very helpful when I missed my connecting flight! Thank you I'm already looking for my next one.
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Fantastic holiday in Turkey Lycian Way January 2017

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Very hot during the time I traveled even if it was October. Great tour guide, superb scenery , varied accommodation and lovely crowd of fellow trekkers. Traveled with friends but there were quite a few single people too and everyone mixed in well.
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Great guide for out trip! January 2017

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Fantastic! October 2015

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I did the cycling tour mont ventoux and provence. Fantastic. Recommend this trip to anyone who likes a challenge. Andrew our tour leader made the whole week perfect for us. He went out of his way to make sure everything was just right for us. We made some new friends too. Great place with lots of sight seeing too. Great company,great cycling,and great feeling conquering ventoux.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour in Quito

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Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Tour of Quito's highlights including the Church of San Francisco

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Visit the Quitsato Equator Monument en route to Otavalo; visit Peguche village

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Explore Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Drive via Cotopaxi National Park to Quito

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Drive to the Amazon, our base for the next three nights

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Explore the Amazon by canoe searching for wildlife

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Walk along the Misahualli River learning about local plants and visiting an Indian Community

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Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Travel the Waterfall Route to Banos

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 10 - Visit Chimborazo Forest Reserve, overnight in Riobamba

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Travel on the 'Devil's Nose' Train to Alausi before continuing to Cuenca

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Cuenca city tour, visit the Panama Hat Factory

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 13 - Discover Cajas National Park before travelling to Guayaquil

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Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 14 - Morning city tour of Guayaquil city tour before the tour ends

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Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Excursions

Papallacta - Hummingbird garden US$5 Banos - Thermal baths US$3

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Guayaquil
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