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.
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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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What our clients say
Please describe the most memorable experience/aspect of your trip? "The first time a sea lion came up to have a good look at me when I was snorkeling in the Galapagos and played around me with such grace and freedom."LH, Hong Kong
Group tour was all memorable - for all the right reasons! A trip with JLA is a trip with the local experts. They respond quickly to challenges such as FCO advice not to visit an area and know the local people who can make the holiday really memorable. One other comment about Colombia - the people we encountered, of all ages, in the streets, shops, hotels etc were friendly, welcoming and the most polite I have met anywhere in the world!HR, Brentford
I travelled with a great group of people, a fantastic Tour Leader and amazing Driver. One of my best JLA experiences.JH, Woking
Enjoyed the trip to the equator while in Quito. Loved Alausi, very interesting place, people. Cuenca was lovely, very easy to get around, felt safe, staff at hotel very helpful, happy hour cocktails 2 for 1 delicious! Las Cajas national park very interesting. The Galapagos week was fantastic! Staff really professional, islands and wildlife more than I imagined, learnt to snorkel, scenery fantastic. The group were also really nice, and as a single traveller this made my holiday really special. And on the whole the weather was very sunny and warm. Enjoyed the picnics we had during our trips in the Andes, which the tour leader arranged, especially the exotic fruits which she advised us to try.JC, Bury
The ubiquitous music and dance of Cuba and the infectious joie de vivre of its truly multicultural people who seem to live life to the full with the little they have. Cuba is a fascinating country and this comprehensive trip showed us not only its spectacular variety of scenery and its rich history but gave an insight into the resourcefulness of its people and how they cope in their struggle for survival and freedom. I'm sure we only scratched at the surface but I'm curious to learn more (and I must learn to speak more Spanish).DC, London
Our first trip to S. America was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Everything was very well organised and we couldn't have had a better group leader than tour leader. The local guides were very knowledgable and enthusiastic to share their country. When we booked this holiday we thought it would be our only trip to S. America, primarily to see Machu Picchu but now hearing the tour leader talk about other tours she has run we are eager to see more of the continent with JLA.FM, Aberdeen
Our experts opinion
Jamie Swan - Product & Marketing
Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Millie Davies - Travel Expert
Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.
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.