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Self-drive Ecuador: The Avenue of the Volcanoes

11 days from £2,653pp

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Self-drive Ecuador: The Avenue of the Volcanoes

11 days from £2,653pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip


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Wedged between Peru and Colombia, mainland Ecuador is certainly more compact than its larger Andean neighbours, but no less diverse for that. For those with limited time who wish to experience a wide variety of gob-smacking landscapes and  traditional cultures, it’s a near perfect destination. And what better way to explore than by self-drive hire car. 

The recently expanded and paved road network, negotiating the sun-scarred plateaux and plunging down through the shadows of near vertical, cloudforest-shrouded valleys guides you along a cross-section of this beautiful country. Twists and turns, switchbacks, tunnels, four-lane auto-routes and shady cobbled country lanes all feature in this holiday which not only introduces you to Ecuador’s main artery, the Panamerican Highway following the iconic Avenue of the Volcanoes,  but also back-roads though patch-worked  rural landscapes peopled by tight-knit communities where custom and tradition still govern the leisurely-paced bucolic way of life. 

With the freedom of your own hire car, discover all this as well as Ecuador’s three illustrious metropolises, each standing in stark contrast to its sisters: the capital, Quito, a mélange of evocative history and dynamic contemporary society; Cuenca, one of the continent’s best preserved and stately colonial Spanish cities and Guayaquil, a vivacious and sultry port on the tropical coast of the Pacific Ocean.

We book your car, your accommodation, and supply loads of useful information including alternative routes and optional experiences based on our own travels along these routes.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Quito, transfer to hotel in historic centre.

Day 2

Guided walking tour of the colonial core.

Day 3

Transfer to the airport to collect your hire car; set off on your self-drive adventure.

Day 4

Cotopaxi National Park, drive to Quilotoa.

Day 5

Drive to thermal spa resort town, Baños.

Day 6

At leisure in Baños – optional adventures.

Day 7

Drive to Alausi.

Day 8

Devils’ Nose train ride, continue to Cuenca via Ingapirca ruins.

Day 9

At leisure in Cuenca.

Day 10

Drive to Guayaquil via las Cajas National Park.

Day 11

Explore Guayaquil, depart for international flight, the Galápagos islands or the Amazon jungle.

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Included in this holiday

Places visited

Cotopaxi volcano
Things to do

Casona de la Ronda


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Speak to an expert Travel Consultant or send us your enquiry today.

Our travel experts all have first-hand experience, which they are excited to share with you.

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

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Speak to an expert Travel Consultant or send us your enquiry today.

Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for over 37 years.
We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

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

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