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Ecuador by train and Galapagos cruise

14 days from £6,650pp

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

Travel from the snow-capped Andean highlands to the tropical coast by rail, stopping along the way to enjoy cultural treats and countryside lodgings. Then fly to the Galápagos Islands for a 6 day cruise.

The slow pace of life in rural Ecuador, a country whose Andean spine is studded with snow-dipped volcanoes and haciendas dating back to the colonial era which sprawl across upland pastures, is ideal for discovery by train. The rail network, which was once a primary means of transportation across this small country, has been revived so that visitors can enjoy a nostalgic experience travelling at a gentle speed behind steam and diesel powered locomotives. En route, you spend the night in welcoming countryside lodges and ranches.

You’ll explore the rugged uplands north of Quito: this is artisan country, where age-old crafts including weaving, wood-carving and leather work have been kept alive in small indigenous villages. A separate journey takes you south down the famed Avenue of Volcanoes, a journey of almost indescribable beauty where fertile farmland is juxtaposed with icy peaks. Ride down the dizzying switchback Devil’s Nose and end your journey in the sub-tropical lowlands close to Guayaquil, well placed to continue your holiday with a cruise around the Galápagos Islands.

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What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

Cartagena - perfect mix of history, culture, nightlife and beach lazing. Colombian people very friendly and genuinely seemed delighted that we visited their country.

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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Lina Fuller
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    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.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Expert

    It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Sophie Barber
    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.

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