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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

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  • 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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What our clients say

  • A great mixture of the Andes and Galapagos - which covered all the main things I wanted to see. I was worried about sea sickness on the trip - but…

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

    CT, Antrim
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sunrise over the Galapagos from top deck on my first morning on the boat, utterly stunning!

    MG, Leyland
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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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    Maggie Wilson - Travel Expert

    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    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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    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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