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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Mohammed was excellent!

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The highlight of this trip was seeing Machu Picchu, which I loved it.

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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 Activities

Optional Excursions

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

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Guayaquil
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