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Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

Grand Tour of Ecuador & the Galápagos

17-day tailor-made holiday from £9,710 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore Ecuador's cultural wonders and unique natural world


  • Head deep into the Ecuador's Amazon basin
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Quito on a guided walking tour
  • Straddle the northern and southern hemispheres at the Middle of the World
  • Snorkel with sea lions and watch giant tortoises on a Galapágos cruise

In Brief

  • 1 Night Quito
  • 3 Nights Amazon
  • 2 Nights Quito
  • 1 Night Baños
  • 1 Night Quito
  • 1 Night Cuenca
  • 1 Night Guayaquil
  • 4 Nights Galápagos cruise


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Expedition cruise | History & culture | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Wildlife

Straddling the equator, mainland Ecuador boasts colonial cities, beautiful haciendas, towering volcanoes and green and steamy jungles. Combined with the incredible beauty and diversity of nature that can only be found on the Galápagos, it's a truly compelling destination.This tailor-made itinerary gives you of a taste of the options available, starting with the capital, Quito, before heading to the spectacular rainforests of the Amazon Jungle, the majestic volcanic landscapes of the Catopaxi National Park, the historic city of Cuenca and finally to the wildlife-rich island of Galápagos.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Begin with included airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Quito, Ecuador's mountain-framed capital set high in the Andes.

Day 2

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your city-centre hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore; perhaps head out into the city's UNESCO-listed old town whose Spanish-era architecture is among the finest in South America. 

Stay: Hotel Mama Cuchara (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 3
The Amazon

After a scenic flight over the Andes and a four-hour river transfer from Coca – looking out for monkeys and macaws – you’ll arrive at the Napo Wildlife Centre in an Amazon nature reserve. This luxury lakeside eco-lodge was created and built by the indigenous Anangu community.

Stay: Napo Wildlife Centre (Superior)

Meals: B D

Days 4-5
The Amazon & Napo Wildlife Centre

Activities at the lodge include guided hikes in the rainforest, dugout canoe trips, indigenous village visits and trips to nearby clay licks (where parrots and macaws gather to eat clay from the riverbanks). There’s also a chance to climb the centre’s 12-storey canopy tower.

Stay: Napo Wildlife Centre (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7

Return by river to Coca and fly back to Quito for a two-night stay. On day seven, you'll be treated to a guided tour of the capital's world-heritage city centre, a living museum where busy market stalls share bustling streets with a wealth of architectural treasures, from art-filled churches to plazas lined with grand, 17th-century façades. Then, with your guide, you'll head out of the city to the Cuidad Mitad del Mundo – the Middle of the World Monument – which marks the equatorial line between the northern and southern hemispheres. 

Stay: Hotel Mama Cuchara (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Avenue of Volcanoes

Travel from Quito down the Pan-American Highway, along the aptly named Avenue of Volcanoes. Stop in the town of Sangolqui and explore a traditional Andean market before spending time in Cotopaxi National Park, which surrounds the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. Continue to Baños where you'll spend the night.

Stay: Samari Lodge (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 9

Spend today exploring the charming town of Baños. It's historic centre is a delight, particularly the main square and Basilica de la Reina del Rosario de Agua Santa, whose naves are decorated with colourful paintings, depicting the town's history. Next, stock up on traditional sweets before heading out to explore the Route of the Waterfalls, where eco trails and suspension bridges wind through the forest to take in some of the 60-plus falls which dot the region. A highlight is the 260-ft Pailon del Diablo, named for its striking similarity to the face of the devil. Lunch is included at the lodge before your return to Quito where you'll spend the night at a hotel near the airport.

Stay: Wyndham airport hotel (Superior)

Meals: B L

Day 10

Fly from Quito to Cuenca this morning – a World Heritage city of red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and fascinating museums, all of which you'll explore on a walking tour. Then, take a drive along the Tomebamba River to admire the city's riverbank houses. Lunch is at one of the excellent restaurants in Cuenca and is followed by a visit to a Panama Hat factory, for it was in Ecuador not Panama that the famous hats originated.

Stay: Hotel Santa Lucia or similar (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 11

Today, a private driver will bring you to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and the gateway to the Galápagos. Along the way, however, you'll pause to visit the El Cajas National Park, 30 kilometres west of Cuenca. Surrounded by the mountainous grasslands of Andean foothills, it's a region of sparkling lakes and untouched countryside that must rank among Ecuador's most  beautiful.

Stay: Oro Verde (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 12-15
Galápagos cruise

A visit to the Galápagos is a unique experience and the trip of a lifetime. Lying 1,000km off mainland Ecuador, the islands are renowned for their fearless wildlife - brought about by the lack of natural predators – but no amount of hype can prepare you for such close encounters. You can snorkel with sea lions, watch giant tortoises lumbering through cactus forest, go gooey-eyed over seal pups and catch the courtship displays of blue-footed boobies and red-throated frigate birds. Although there are hotels on several of the islands, to stay on land limits the number of other islands you can visit, making boat by far the best way is to explore.

Stay: MV Santa Cruz II (departures in 2022) or MV Isabela II (departures in 2023)

Meals: B L D

Days 16-17

Disembark and catch the short flight back to Guayaquil to connect with your overnight flight to the UK. Upon arrival, continue your journey home to complete your Ecuador and Galápagos holiday.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

17-day tailor-made holiday
from £9,710 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £9,710 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £9,985 pp. incl. flights

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Quito and from Guayaquil to London
  • Domestic flights between Quito and Coca
  • Domestic flights between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galápagos islands
  • Private transfers in Quito and shared transfer in Guayaquil
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4* hotels (Superior) on a B&B basis and 1 dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3+/4* hotels/lodges on a full-board basis
  • 4 nights Galápagos cruise aboard MV Santa Cruz II (2022 departures) or MV Isabela II (2023 departures) in a Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin on a full-board basis, with daily excursions and tourist control card fee 
  • Private tour of 'Quito & Center of the World'
  • Shared touring in the Amazon and along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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