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Ecuador's compact size and magnificent scenery make it a joy to travel around. Our specialists regularly travel here and are keen to share their local knowledge to help you get the most out of your trip.

To assist in your route planning they’ve devised a number of itinerary ideas which can then be tailored to your interests, preferences and budget, whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or a combination of both. Whichever route you choose, the country's characterful haciendas offer high standards as well as an insight into Ecuadorian life.

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Ideas for your trip to Ecuador

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ecuador, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

  • Experience the unique fearless wildlife of Galapagos.

  • Visit the some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos Islands.

  • See the marine iguana, the world's only marine lizard.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

11 Days from £4,660pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cultural Ecuador: Mountains to the Sea

  • Explore the colonial architecture of Quito.

  • Visit a remote indigenous community.

  • Take a train ride through the Andes.

  • Relax at a beautiful countryside hacienda.

11 Days from £4,675pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Galapagos from Ashore

  • Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.

  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.

  • Spot marine iguanas, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

11 Days from £5,460pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Ecuador by river & rail: Amazon cruise & Tren Crucero

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, with its cobbled streets, colonial architecture and pretty squares.

  • Cruise the Amazon in search of wildlife onboard the elegant MV Anakonda.

  • Take the iconic Tren Crucero rail journey from Andes to coast, stopping to admire a variety of sights along the way such as the Cotopaxi Volcano and famous Devil's Nose.

13 Days from £5,775pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.

  • Get up close to the perfectly conical Volcan Arenal.

  • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

16 Days from £6,135pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Galapagos Experience on the Eric/Letty

  • Visit the clear waters off Santiago Island.

  • Explore the volcanic formed islands of Isabela.

  • Walk the colonial streets of Quito.

  • Up close experience with sea lions and sea turtles.

11 Days from £6,320pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Galapagos island-hopping tour

  • Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.

  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.

  • Spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12 Days from £6,590pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of Colombia, Ecuador & Galapagos

  • Visit the wildlife prolific Galapagos Islands.

  • Stay in a traditional Finca in the coffee growing region, explore the region and try your hand at some coffee production.

  • Enjoy the historical centre of Bogotá.

  • Explore the fortified city of Cartagena.

16 Days from £7,835pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Incas & islands: Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour

  • Explore the buzzing former Inca capital of Cuzco.

  • See the beautiful scenery and colourful markets of the Sacred Valley.

  • Visit Machu Picchu, the jewel in the Inca crown.

  • Get up close to the fearless Galapagos wildlife.

14 Days from £8,150pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury Ecuador & Galapagos tour

  • Quito - an overlooked UNESCO World Heritage Site with a growing reputation for good restaurants, bars and cafes.

  • El Mashpi Lodge - one of South America's finest cloudforest lodges, surrounded by birdlife and home to great canopy tram.

  • Hacienda Zuleta - owned by two generations of former Ecuadorian presidents, Zuleta is one of the finest haciendas in Ecuador.

  • Galapagos - incredible, fearless wildlife at its best.

13 Days from £8,415pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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