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Andes & Galapagos

14 days from £6,250pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca.

  • Stay in a centuries-old traditional hacienda.

  • Barter at traditional, colourful markets in Otavalo and the Gualaceo valley.

  • Learn about the numerous indigenous Ecuadorian cultures that retain proud heritage today.

  • Shop for Panama hats.

  • See the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Quito
  • Hacienda Cusin
  • Otavalo
  • Quito
  • Avenue of Volcanoes
  • Cuenca
  • Guayaquil
  • The Galapagos Islands

Itinerary idea in detail

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

Day 1 Quito

International outbound flight , Quito

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Hacienda Cusin

Quito , Hacienda Cusin

Travel north along the Pan America highway through pretty villages to your rural hacienda.


Day 4 Quito

Hacienda Cusin , Otavalo , Quito

An early start to visit the colourful and vibrant market at Otavalo. You will have time to explore and perhaps barter for goods before returning to Quito for the night.

Day 5 Avenue of Volcanoes

Quito , Avenue of Volcanoes

Travel down the Avenue of Volcanoes with your private guide, exploring en route and enjoying the views of Cotopaxi.

Day 6 Cuenca

Avenue of Volcanoes , Cuenca

Onward to Cuenca, with a train ride along the Devils Nose.

Day 7 Cuenca


Explore Cuenca colonial city with your guide, including one of the famous panama hat factories.

Day 8 Guayaquil

Cuenca , Guayaquil

Travel by road through the beautiful El Cajas National Park all the way to sea level and Guayaquil.

Day 9 The Galapagos Islands

Guayaquil , The Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to the Galapagos islands. Here you will be met by a member of your hotel who will take you to your accommodation.

Day 10 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Today you'll take a yacht trip to either North Seymour Island or Santa Island. At North Seymour, you can take a guided walk through woods of palo santo trees in order to observe colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. At Santa, you'll follow your guide on a short hike through opuntia cacti, looking out for land iguanas, lava lizards and sea lions.

Day 11 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit the crescent-shaped Plazas Islands by yacht. These small islands are dense in wildlife and plant life. Prickly pear cacti and the low-lying succulent plant sesuvium (which changes hues with the seasons) carpet the island. You have a good chance of seeing sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and land iguanas.

Day 12 The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit Bartolomé Island. Here, you can climb to the island's summit for far-reaching views over the surrounding islands. It's a geologically intriguing place, with tuff cones and lava formations. The sea here is often busy with sea lions and penguins so it's worth keeping your eyes peeled.

Day 13 International return flight

The Galapagos Islands , International return flight

You will fly back to the mainland to connect with your international flight home.

Day 14 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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