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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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  • Seeing the people on the Uros islands demonstrate how they cook, the amazing Iguassu Falls, seeing a toucan close up (at Iguassu), all the different Inca sites, seeing the traditional…

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  • As a first taste of South America with limited annual leave, you couldn't fault this two week itinerary for the amount of ground it covered. It has given me a…

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  • 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
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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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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.

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