Private Journeys

Ecuador’s Andes and Galapagos Islands hop

13 days from £4,820pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

  • Marine Iguana

Overview & Highlights

A good value, economical holiday with small-scale, friendly accommodation. Includes Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Cuenca and a land-based Galapagos Island adventure with activities and time to relax.

This is an economically priced, imaginative and exciting trip where you will visit both the Andean landscapes on the Ecuador mainland and jet off to the wildlife Mecca of the Galápagos for a stay in cheerful family-run hotels on two different islands.

Begin with a guided exploration of the exquisite colonial core of Quito then set off to explore the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where snow-draped mountains pepper a landscape dominated by the perfect cone of Cotopaxi (5,897m). Drive south, with a stop-off for a walk through pretty countryside and visits to local markets and communities, and a stay in the lively cultural hub of Cuenca. Fly to the Galápagos Islands to stay in welcoming hotels on two of the larger volcanic islands, linked by speedboat.

You’ll immediately be spellbound by the abundance of trusting wildlife, from sea-lions and iguanas to albatrosses and penguins. With a week there based at conveniently-located accommodation you have plenty of time to go out wildlife spotting, snorkelling and sign up locally for activities such as nature walks and kayaking. 

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  • Walking city tour in Quito
  • Hike in Cotopaxi National Park
  • Local market visit
  • Full day trip to South Plaza Island, Galápagos
  • Snorkelling excursion to Kicker Rock, Galápagos

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Our Expert's Opinion

This was a fun trip to plan because it combines the traditional highlights of mainland Ecuador with an innovative island-hopping itinerary in the Galápagos. It's perfect for people who prefer to stay on land in the Galápagos instead of going on a cruise. You'll get to see famous attractions like the Devil's Nose railway and Cotopaxi volcano.

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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.

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