Overview & Highlights
Discover Ecuador’s most breathtaking natural scenery and cultural wonders on this covid-conscious Trailblazer holiday. Based just outside the capital, Quito, you’ll be able to discover the region’s stunning natural beauty from the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi volcano to the verdant cloud forest with its richly unique flora and fauna.
You’ll have the chance to uncover local traditions by experiencing the diverse Andean cultures where ancient Inca, Spanish and indigenous communities come together in Quito and nearby Otavalo.
No trip to Ecuador is complete without visiting one of the world’s most iconic destinations, the Galapagos Islands, where you will spend a week on board an intimate cruise allowing you to discover what makes the archipelago so unique.
Our Trailblazer Ecuador holiday stays in fewer locations, each carefully selected to allow visits to the country’s highlights whilst avoiding the crowds. The trip also takes into account local covid policies and testing requirements, so you immerse yourself in Ecuador’s magnificent cultures and landscapes, whilst always staying within your comfort zone.
Arrive in Quito, transfer to your hotel
Walk on Ilaló Volcano. Optional afternoon excursion to Quito old town
Discover Otavalo and surrounding area, including a cooking class with a local family
Visit Cotopaxi National Park and explore the trails
Experience Ecuador’s magnificent cloud forest then a soak in volcanic hot springs
Fly to the Galápagos Islands and board your cruise
Excursions around the archipelago
Fly to Guayaquil and transfer to your hotel
Depart Ecuador for your flight home
Things to do
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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.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Amazingly the trip was everything I had hoped it would be. Having wanted to go to Patagonia since I can remember, and having the opportunity arise fairly last minute, choosing JLA was a good decision! Great itinerary and good organisation left me to enjoy the experience!JA, Sutton
OUR TRAILBLAZER HOLIDAYS
As the world begins to open up again, we have put together a selection of covid-conscious itineraries specifically designed for travels in these times. Our Trailblazer Ecuador holiday stays in carefully selected locations that avoid the crowds, allowing you to see the highlights whilst always staying within your comfort zone.
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Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..
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Real Latin America Experts
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.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
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.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
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.
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.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
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.