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Value Ecuador and Galapagos: At a glance

9 days from £2,650pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

This is a great value, short but variety-packed holiday suitable for families and individuals alike.  Discover the Avenue of the Volcanoes in Andean Ecuador and explore Santa Cruz Island and further afield in the Galápagos from the well regarded, guesthouse-style Hotel Mainao.

You might have thought that a holiday to the remote Pacific Galápagos islands would be prohibitively expensive. While cruising on a yacht can still be pricey, you now have the option of a land-based visit, where you can get to know one or two islands on shared guided day trips by boat. This holiday bases you at the popular Mainao hotel on the principal island, Santa Cruz, with a couple of motor yacht cruises included and a day at leisure to explore the sparking beaches, Puerto Ayora town, visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre or even venture inland to spot giant tortoises.  You don't have to decide in advance: book up and pay locally. 

Spend a few days on the mainland too, well worth exploring in its own right. Based at historic Quito, visit the famous Andean mountain town Otavalo with its indigenous market and travel down the aptly named Avenue of the Volcanoes, dominated by the towering snow-draped mountain Cotopaxi.

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  • Full-day excursion to the famous Otavalo market
  • Walking tour of historic colonial Quito
  • Visit the Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa
  • 4 days land based exploration in the Galápagos Islands
  • Explore Santa Cruz and visit neighbouring islands

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What our clients say

  • The birds were wonderful - especially the time spent looking for, and finding, the Resplendent Quetzal.  Also the camaraderie and the laughs with the group members, the tour leader and…

    FW, Dornoch
  • It was, in short, an unqualified success in all important ways. The local guides set a remarkably high standard in being knowledgeable, articulate and generally helpful, two or three of…

    TD, Oxford
  • A really fantastic holiday. The organisation , accommodation, excursions, fellow group members and our superb tour leader all contributed to a wonderful experience.

    DB, Bedford
  • Most memorable experience: “I can't really single out any one- I found it all memorable but what was a real pleasure was the friendliness of the local people.”

    PB, Swansea
  • This trip was an unqualified success. The hotels were charming , the itinerary sensible , the excursions interesting , and the guide was the best possible person to ensure an…

    PK, London
  • Difficult to say as it was a trip of contrasts - two cities and some beautiful landscapes.  I achieved two ambitions which was to visit the Torres del Paine National…

    TW, Hook
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Our Expert's Opinion

This trip has been designed for first-time visitors to Ecuador and the Galápagos, making it an ideal choice for families and individuals alike. One of the best features of this trip is the flexibility it offers. You can choose and pay for your activities locally, which means you don't have to commit to anything until you're there. Additionally, Hotel Mainao provides a wide range of excursions, ensuring there is something for everyone.

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Lina Fuller Travel Expert Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    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.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    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.

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