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Albatross: Ecuador’s highlands and Galapagos

16 days from £7,255pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

  • Land iguana
  • Blue footed booby
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Overview & Highlights

This comfortable classic group journey takes you to Ecuador's contrasting landscapes, lifestyles and cultures. In addition, there’s a week spent cruising the wildlife theatre of the Galápagos Islands.

Sitting at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes, this small country encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate, and this comfortable journey takes you to its contrasting landscapes, lifestyles and cultures. The trip begins in the capital, Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, which sits amid a bowl of snow-capped mountains and active volcanoes; and continues south, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes via the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca and the upland wilderness of Las Cajas National Park.

Leaving the mainland behind, fly 1,000km west over the Pacific to the Galápagos archipelago. This small cluster of islands is home to a wealth of birds and beasts, many of which are ancient and endemic, and your 7 day cruise will introduce you to the highlights of one of the world's most remarkable ecosystems.

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  • Quito: guided city tour
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes: Cotopaxi and Limpiopungo
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes: guided tour of Ingapirca Inca site
  • Cuenca: visit to Las Cajas National Park
  • Galápagos Islands: 8 day cruise with guided land excursions and optional snorkeling everyday

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Elizabeth Luck

Elizabeth Luck

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Holiday Extensions

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What our clients say

  • Enjoyed the trip to the equator while in Quito. Loved Alausi, very interesting place, people. Cuenca was lovely, very easy to get around, felt safe, staff at hotel very helpful,…

    JC, Bury
  • As always, JLA provides very experienced guides and this ensures the success of the trip.  They are very knowledgeable and go out of their way to ensure clients get a…

    VH, Australia
  • This is my third trip with JLA after a gap of 7 years - and they continue to deliver! A great trip and I cannot wait to go back. Excellent…

    SV, Dundee
  • Hotels - Quirky mix of old and modern, loved the contrast. Seaman Journey Galapagos boat was superb, cabin larger than expected. Crew and guide outstanding.

    LO, Ascot
  • I would recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in magnificent scenery and wonderful wildlife experiences.

    CT, Antrim
  • The trip of a lifetime. It was a great privilege to be able to visit somewhere as unique as The Galapagos. There are two things that we most appreciate about…

    AF, Alderley Edge
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Our Expert's Opinion

The Galápagos Islands are a huge part of this amazing tour, but I also like the fact that you get to see lots more of what stunning Ecuador has to offer. From the colonial centres of Quito and Cuenca to the Avenue of Volcanoes and the ruins at Ingapirca.

Elizabeth Luck
Elizabeth Luck Tour Leader Our qualified tour leaders are Latin American specialists all of whom have travelled widely in the region. Book with Journey Latin America.

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Meet our team

Real Latin american experts

  • Sophie
    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.

  • Alex
    Alex Walker - Travel Expert

    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

  • Hannah
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Heloise
    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

  • Millie
    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    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.

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