Andes, Amazon & Galapagos

FROM £ 4298

Our trips in Ecuador date back many years to when High Places first started. Since then we have always worked closely with a small Quito based company, run by our good friend Oswaldo to whom we owe much for our reputation in Ecuador.

This is our classic Ecuador holiday, never difficult although walking at altitude will be demanding. Avoiding much of the ‘whistle stop’ tourist circuit, instead providing colourful and active experiences of  the landscape and the people; this inlcudes volcanoes, the high paramo, village life, Amazon headwaters and finally the Galapagos Islands.

Marvel first at the colonial splendour of ‘old’ Quito before setting off on your journey along the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’; beginning with high level hikes beneath the snow-capped cone of the famous Cotopaxi volcano. Visit the huge local market at Saquisili before hiking the Quilatoa Trail to reach its spectacular volcanic crater lake; then take time off in the colourful town of Banos.

Dropping down off the Andes into the dense green canopy of the jungle, spend time absorbing the culture, the flora and fauna, walking deeper into the forest. Additionally, you will have the opportunity of riding the river in longboats, visiting the nearby animal rescue centre and living in simple lodges.

Out of the jungle to the Papallacta hot pools before flying to the Galapagos Islands, 600km across the Pacific. Over seven days and from three bases, we island-hop each day between the different islands. With a diet of tropical fruit, fresh fish and sunshine, you can swim and snorkel with sea-lions, turtles and iguanas, and tiptoe close to tortoises and birds so tame that you will never need a long lens.

Galapagos Boat Option

If you wish we can arrange a boat cruise for the Galapagos part of the Ecuador holiday from a selection of 12-16 berth boats (‘first-class’ or ‘Tourist superior’). Cabins are twin berth with private washbasins, toilets and shared showers. All food is provided on board. Prices vary with availability and boat type. Ask us for more details.

Add cost of Galapagos flight to and from Quito, approx. USD535, and Galapagos landing tax USD110.

Route Map

In the main towns we stay in mid-range hotels, often built in traditional style and usually with ensuite facilities. On trek we recommend we roomy two person lightweight tents. We also have cook tents (and cooks), and a mess tent for eating and relaxing. At Quilatoa and in the jungle we stay in local lodges which are clean but quite basic - twin rooms in the jungle – small dorm-type at Quilotoa. In the Galapagos we stay in mid-range hotels on each of the different islands.
June - September

What is included in the price?

  • Accommodation (Hotels in towns and on Galapagos (12 nights). Country hostels on Quilatoa Trail (3 nights))
  • Meals (all meals except in towns and 3 dinners only on Galapagos For full details see BLD in Itinerary)
  • Guide (English speaking local guides)
  • Transfers (All transport as per itinerary)

What is not included in the price?

  • International flights and flights to/from Galapagos
  • Personal Expenses

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