Overview & Highlights
Top quality comprehensive holiday with the highlights of Ecuador and a cruise around the Galápagos Islands. Includes Quito, Otavalo market and the Avenue of Volcanoes, the gracious colonial city of Cuenca and a small first class small motor vessel.
An opportunity to combine a luxurious cruise in the Galápagos Islands with exploration of the Andean landscapes of their host country, Ecuador.
Travel to Quito: Ecuador’s capital surrounded by snow-capped mountains and active volcanoes. Explore Quito and go 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.
Fly from the port of Guayaquil to the Galápagos Islands for a 5-day cruise.It was on a similar trip 200 years ago that Darwin returned to the archipelago to write the seminal book ‘On the Origin of Species’. Step into his shoes and explore the diversity of land and marine life which inhabit these enchanting islands. A holiday in the Galápagos is a totally unique experience, inevitably rewarding, richly educational, blissfully tranquil, and photogenic.
You’ll sail on a first class, compact motor cruiser offering an intimate and informal atmosphere favoured by those who prefer the laid-back approach of smaller craft. You will have ample opportunity to make new friends among people with shared interests. In addition to landings on the islands you will have the opportunity to snorkel or swim with sea-lions.
- Walking tour of colonial Quito
- Visit Otavalo market
- Cuicocha volcanic lake walk
- Visit Cotopaxi National Park
- See traditional Andean markets
- Visit Ingapirca Inca ruins
- Explore Cajas National Park
- 4 night cruise in the Galapagos Islands
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Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel.
Guided walking tour of colonial Quito.
By road to Otavalo in the Andean highlands, visit Otavalo market overnight in hacienda.
Guided excursions to Lake Cuicocha
By road along the Avenue of the Volcanoes; visit Cotopaxi National Park, overnight at a hacienda.
Visit local artisan markets, overnight in Riobamba.
Continue via Ingapirca ruins to Cuenca.
At leisure in colonial Cuenca, Ecuador’s second city.
By road down to the tropical coast of Guayaquil via a stop at Las Cajas National Park.
Fly to the Galápagos Islands
Land excursions from the cruise around the Galápagos Islands.
Fly to Guayaquil, connect with international flight home.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Walking tour of colonial Quito
Snorkelling in the Galapagos
Take a cruise in the Galapagos
Bird watching in the Galapagos
Wildlife watching in the Galapagos
Visit Cotopaxi National Park
Visit a traditional Andean market
Visit Ingapirca Inca ruins
Explore Cajas National Park
Cuicocha volcanic lake walk
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Quito
Casona de la Ronda
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Otavalo and the northern highlands
Las Palmeras Inn
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Avenue of the Volcanoes
Hacienda el Porvenir
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Avenue of the Volcanoes
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Cuenca
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Guayaquil
Galapagos Islands / Isabela (Albemarle) / Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
Treasure of Galapagos
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After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.