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What’s included

  • Gentle Walking trip in Andes with local English speaking leader for the walks
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Quito on twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels elsewhere in the highlands on full board basis
  • Good standard lodge accommodation on Floreana Island, twin share, with all meals.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation on Isabela and Santa Cruz, twin share, with all meals.
  • Galapagos Tourist Transit Card (TTC)
  • National Park Tax for Galapagos
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals except lunch & dinner in Quito and Guayaquil
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms micro-fleece

Gentle Walking Ecuador & Land Based Galapagos Wildlife

Walking & Trekking

Ecuador | Walking & Trekking

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Gentle Walking Ecuador & Land Based Galapagos
Gentle / Moderate

Gentle: Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Wonderful walking in the Ecuadorian Andes followed by a full week exploring the iconic Galapagos islands on foot, with comfortable accommodation throughout.

Highlights

  • Spend nine days exploring the best of Ecuador’s natural & historic sites
  • Enjoy comfortable, handpicked accommodation with lots of character
  • Stay on three different Galapagos islands, and visit a further three on boat trips
  • Close encounters with incredible wildlife of the Galapagos, on foot and in the water

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What a fabulous trip! This holiday offers one of the most inspiring and varied experiences of any of Mountain Kingdoms’ many trips. One day you are climbing the slopes of a snow capped volcano in the high Andes or wandering the colonial streets of Quito and staying in great lodges and hotels, while the next you marvel at the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, have close encounters...
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This holiday provides a fabulous introduction to Ecuador, combining some wonderful walking and spectacular scenery in the highlands with seven nights viewing the amazing wildlife and unique landscapes of the Galapagos.

We begin in Quito’s colonial old town before heading north to walk round the scenic crater lake of Cuichoca and explore the famed craft market at Otavalo. Chimborazo and Cotopaxi then beckon us to the Avenue of the Volcanoes where we hike on the slopes of Ecuador’s most celebrated peaks from the comfort of cosy, characterful lodges. The itinerary for this week of our walking holiday in Ecuador is the same as that of our Gentle Walking Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise.

Flying to the Galapagos for a week, we stay in small, scenic hotels on three different islands – Floreana, Isabella and Santa Cruz – with visits to several more.  We will enjoy easy-paced walks to discover the volcanic landscapes, historic sites and fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos. With opportunities for snorkelling and kayaking we will also get close up to the exotic marine life such as sea lions, turtles and iguana. In fact, each day will bring new and exciting experiences with memories to treasure long after we make our way home.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle / Moderate
Gentle / Moderate

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Quito

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges

Meal arrangements: 16 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-3
Fly to Quito. Guided tour of the key sights.
4-5
Drive to Peguche. Visit pre Inca ruins at Cochasqui on the way. Hike around Cuicocha Lake. Optional boat ride.
6-7
Visit Otavalo. Drive to Cotopaxi National Park. Walk to the glacier, Limpio Pungo lake and Inca ruins.
8-9
Drive to Chimborazo and walk to Whymper hut. Return to Quito.
10-11
Fly to Galapagos and transfer to Floreana Island. Full day island hike.
12-14
Transfer to Isabela Island with day walks and wildlife viewing.
15
Boat to Santa Cruz Island. Walk in highlands, visit lava tunnels and wildlife viewing
16
Full day boat excursion to Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay.
17-18
Fly to Guayaquil and home.
Leader: Local leader, Ecuador
Local leader, Ecuador

Your trip will be led by a fully trained English speaking local guide. In Ecuador these guides are enthusiasts for their mountains and are normally exceptionally highly educated, often in the States or in Europe and have lots of mountaineering and trekking experience. They can provide a fascinating insight into their country and an in-depth view of the area you are visiting. Your trip may be led by Fabien Freire or Pablo Montalvo both of whom are enthusiastic and popular leaders who have led this trip for us in the past.

Leader: Local Leader, Galapagos Islands
Local Leader, Galapagos Islands

In the Galapagos you will be accompanied by expert guides/naturalists who are professionals. They speak English fluently and will provide you with all the information you want to know about the wonders you will see while in the Galapagos.


Gentle Walking Ecuador & Land Based Galapagos Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Quito

    Fly from London to Quito where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Quito's 'new town'. There are good restaurants and opportunities for souvenir and handicraft shopping around the hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Cafe Cultura Or Similar, Quito
  2. Day 2 - At leisure in Quito (2,850m/9,350ft).

    Quito is a busy, vibrant city at an altitude of 2,850m/9,350ft and is the second highest capital in the world. The city is located just 20 miles south of the equator, in a valley high in the Andes and is over-shadowed by the dramatic Pichincha Volcano. Nowadays, Quito has two main sections, the old colonial town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the new town where most hotels and tourist facilities are located.

    The morning is free for you to relax and in the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of the Old Town with its fabulous array of colonial churches, monasteries and convents. Firstly, for orientation, you will visit El Panecillo a hill on the southern edge of the old town topped by a huge statue of the Winged Virgin. From here there are great views of the old city and the surrounding mountains. You will then take in some of the major monuments from Quito's colonial legacy, including the vast cobbled square of San Francisco with its adjoining church and monastery and the richly decorated, baroque confection of the church of La Compañia. The streets of the Old Town throng with local people and there is a feeling of being in the real, vibrant, South America here.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Cafe Cultura Or Similar, Quito
  3. Day 3 - Pululahua Crater (2 hours walk) and Mitad del Mundo.

    Today will be spent in the environs of Quito city to help acclimatise to the altitude. After breakfast you will drive north of the city to the Pululahua Crater, one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world, with a diameter of 8km. Here a 40 minute steep walk down a small rocky path will bring you to the cultivated fields at the bottom of the crater and your first introduction to the rural landscape of the Andes. By late morning clouds often blow up from the west and billow dramatically into the crater. Before returning to Quito city you may visit the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World). This is a rather touristy complex marking the equator but it does also have an interesting museum and displays. In the evening your guide will give you an introductory presentation on Ecuador.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Cafe Cultura Or Similar, Quito
  4. Day 4 - Drive to Peguche (2,670m/8,760ft) with visit to Chochasqui.

    Today you set off north out of the city along the Pan American Highway. This road wends its way along a beautiful cultivated valley toward the town of Cayambe. Nowadays this area is the centre of Ecuador's flower growing industry which unfortunately means that a sea of plastic sheeted greenhouses somewhat mas the once verdant landscape.

    Seventy kilometres north of Quito you will visit the ruins of Cochasqui, set beneath volcano Fuya Fuya and one of Ecuador's most significant pre-Inca sites. Cochasqui, situated at 3,100m/10,171ft, is thought to have been either a fortress or an observatory and was built by the Cara people around the year 900AD. There are 15 pyramids on the site, now grass-covered but originally built from large blocks of volcanic material. On a clear day there are fine views of the surrounding countryside and of the summit of Cayambe volcano to the east. There is also a breeding project for llamas here.

    You will then continue north, passing the large lake of San Pablo and on through the town of Otavalo, which you will return to explore on day six. You leave the Pan American Highway and after a few minutes you reach the village of Peguche. From here you may take a quick walk to the sacred waterfall of La Cascada de Peguche before you check into your accommodation at Hacienda Pinsaqui.

    In the afternoon there may be time to visit the town of Cotacachi famous for its flourishing industry in leatherwork.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hacienda Pinsaqui Or Similar, Otavalo
  5. Day 5 - Walk round Cuicocha lake (3,246m/10,650ft) 5-6 hours walk

    After a good breakfast you drive from Peguche to Laguna Cuicocha (Guinea Pig Lake) a spectacular crater lake situated in the collapsed crater of a volcano, at the foot of Volcán Cotacachi, at an altitude of 3,350m/11,000ft. Here you can make a pleasant walk right around the Lake. You set off in a clockwise direction firstly on the tarmac and then along a well-maintained trail which undulates along the crater rim with good views over the lake with its two islands. From here, weather permitting, it is possible to see eight volcanoes - Cotacachi, Cuicocha, Imbabura, Cayembe, Antisana, Cotopaxi and Pichincha. You walk through lush vegetation and will see many native Andean plants including bromeliads, orchids and puyas (a handsome plant with a tall flower-spike). You will also see, among many other birds, humming birds, large thrushes (merlots) and down on the lake coots and several species of duck. If you are lucky you may see an American kestrel and perhaps even a condor. You reach a high viewpoint from where there are excellent views over the lake. The trail then descends to some modern buildings, including an interpretation centre where Indian ladies often gather to sell souvenirs. It might be possible to take an optional boat ride out onto the lake from here if you wish.

    You then return to the car park for the drive back to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hacienda Pinsaqui Or Similar, Otavalo
  6. Day 6 - Visit Otavalo (2,633m/8,641ft). Drive to Cotopaxi Region.

    Today after breakfast you will make the short drive to Otavalo to visit the famous Otavalo market. The people of Otavalo have been famed for their artistic flair and as fine weavers since pre-colonial times. The Otavalans are also great entrepreneurs and nowadays people from the town travel all over the world selling their goods.

    The Saturday Market at Otavalo is one of the most famous in South America. Although you will not be in Otavalo on their main market day there are many stalls in the Plaza de Ponchos selling a wide range of handicrafts on other days of the week including weavings, tapestry, rugs, bags, paintings and other artwork all made by the local indigenous community. There are handicrafts here to excite even the most hardened souvenir shopper. From Otavalo you will drive south to rejoin the Pan American Highway and bypassing Cayambe town turn south toward Quito. You approach the area immediately around Cotopaxi and drive through a peaceful rural landscape with pretty farmland and small settlements along the way. You drive along a cobbled road with the Rio Pita, which flows down from the slopes of Cotopaxi, gurgling away down on your left. As you climb higher you emerge onto the rolling 'paramo' with fine all round views and several volcanoes in sight. You arrive at the relatively newly built lodge of Chilcapampa at around 3,600m/11,811ft and from here you can see the volcanoes of Pasachoa and Sincholagua.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chilcapampa Lodge Or Similar, Pichincha
  7. Day 7 - In Cotopaxi National Park.

    Today you will have a full day in the Cotopaxi National Park. You drive to the base of the mountain and then ascend on foot to the Jose F Ribas Refuge (4,810m/15,784ft). Cotopaxi summit now looms overhead. At this hut you are at the same height as the summit of Mont Blanc. From the hut you can walk out to the glacier coming down from Cotopaxi summit and explore the area around. The glacier has been receding rapidly in recent years but is still pretty impressive with its seracs and great broken slabs of ice. Look out round here for the 'lobos de paramo' which are sometimes seen in the area - the locals call them 'lobos' or 'wolves' but they seem more likely to be a type of fox. It's also worth watching out for condor and white-tailed deer. You will then visit the small lake called Limpiopungo where you can see many Andean water birds - ducks, gulls, lapwings and waders. There are also nearby Inca ruins that you may visit.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chilcapampa Lodge Or Similar, Pichincha
  8. Day 8 - Drive to Chimborazo. 3-4 hours drive

    Today you drive through the beautiful Cotopaxi National Park, again passing Cotopaxi mountain, and out through the southern park gates. Watch out along the way for white tailed deer. You descend to the Pan-American Highway and the town of Latacunga and continue to Ambato. You then drive up onto the lower slopes of Chimborazo to come to Urbina, the highest railway station in Ecuador. The buildings of the railway station have been converted into a quirky mountain refuge with llamas grazing the surrounding meadows. While the railway lines still exist in front of Urbina, scheduled train services no longer run on this line.

    After lunch at Urbina you will continue around Chimborazo to the bottom of an extremely scenic valley leading up to Chimborazo summit. This is a lovely and remote spot. Your accommodation for tonight is here in the attractive lodge, Chimborazo Basecamp Hillstar (4,000m/13,124ft), built on the site of the 'Tambo de Totorillas', a former roadside inn on the old Inca royal road between Guayaquil and Quito. This lodge is built in traditional vernacular style with the attractive dining room located in a central building and comfortable accommodation in thatched buildings nearby, just across a small stream.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chimborazo Base Camp Hill Star Lodge Or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Walk up to Whymper hut on Chimborazo (5,000m/16405ft), 1-2 or 5 hours walk. Drive back to Quito.

    Chimborazo is a massive volcano and is thought to have last erupted 10,000 years ago. Its snowy peak can be seen from ships on the Pacific, and it is arguably the tallest mountain in the world. Mount Everest is highest if you use height above sea level but if you measure distance from the centre of the earth, then Chimborazo is much higher - by around 2 miles - since the earth is not a perfect sphere, but bulges considerably around the Equator.

    You have two choices today - speak to your guide about which walk on Chimborazo you would prefer to do:

    Option 1 - around 5 hours walking
    The more energetic can walk all the way to the Whymper hut You first take a little used trail up the very attractive valley towards the summit of Chimborazo, perhaps passing grazing llamas as you go. Vicuñas have been re-introduced onto Chimborazo and you may be lucky enough to see these elegant animals as you ascend. Listen out for them as they whistle to each other (or at you!) across the slopes. The route then becomes rougher underfoot and steeper and more rocky, and the vegetation thins and the volcanic nature of the terrain becomes more evident. Higher still the landscape becomes ever more lunar. Finally the refuge comes into view above you and you ascend to it.

    Option 2 - 1 to 2 hours walking
    If you prefer something less energetic you can drive round the mountain to a parking place high on the slopes of Chimborazo, below the hut, and then walk the few hundred metres up to the hut, an easier but still quite energetic option.
    From the refuge, if you still have a bit of puff left, you can climb further to the rocky outcrop, known as Whymper Needles, for further stunning mountain views.

    After your excursion to Chimborazo you will drive back to Quito. As your flight to the Galapagos will be quite early in the morning you will stay at a hotel near the airport, the pleasant Ilatoa Lodge located in a rural suburb of Quito.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ilatoa Lodge Or Similar
  10. Day 10 - FLY TO BALTRA VIA GUAYAQUIL. TRANSFER BY BOAT TO FLOREANA

    Early this morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. On arrival in Baltra you will be met by your guide and will take the ferry across to the island of Santa Cruz. You will then drive south to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest town on Santa Cruz, stopping on the way to look at two impressive volcanic craters called Los Gemelos, The Twins. You may also see some famous Galapagos tortoises. From Puerto Ayora you take a boat trip of about two hours to reach the island of Floreana. Floreana, once a pirates' lair, was the first inhabited island of the Galapagos and today has a population of just 150. It is the smallest and least developed of the Galapagos's four inhabited islands and the local people have a very strong sense of community and a real desire to see their more relaxed way of life preserved. A trip to Floreana is about meeting the local people and helping this small community survive intact while protecting this precious area and its unique environment.

    On arrival you will check into Lava Lodge overlooking the Galapagos' most beautiful and secluded bay and later you will walk for about 30 minutes to La Loberia, a sea lion breeding ground. You will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, rays and other fishes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lava Lodge, Floreana Island
  11. Day 11 - Floreana highlands hike (8kms). 3 hours walk. Wildlife and beach activities in the afternoon.

    A short drive in an open top bus, a chiva, takes you to the Floreana highlands where you will begin your walk to Asilo de la Paz (Peace Haven). You walk to this historic site, explore pirate caves and visit the freshwater spring that provides water for the entire island. Along the way you should see some giant tortoises lumbering through the undergrowth or on the trail. From Asilo de Paz you walk down through a cultivated area where local people grow their crops as they have done since the settlement was founded. Returning to the coast you should see frigate birds, perhaps 'dancing' as they wash their salty wings in the fresh water.

    From La Primavera you will again travel by chiva towards Las Palmas, where the island's first permanent inhabitant, the eccentric Dr Ritter, settled in 1926 and where he is buried. You will have spectacular views of the island's coastline. Lunch will be a special BBQ.

    Later you will have more time for some marine exploration with opportunities for canoeing or kayaking, or even to try you hand at stand up paddling.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lava Lodge, Floreana Island
  12. Day 12 - Transfer to Isabela Island. Tintoras Island visit. Opportunity for snorkelling. Walk to tortoise breeding centre. 1½ hours walk

    Today you will transfer to Isabela Island, the largest and most volcanically active of the Galapagos Islands. You will check in at your hotel, a cosy boutique hotel located not far from the town of Puerto Villamil and situated on a lovely sandy beach. You will spend three nights on Isabela, with time to explore the central highlands on foot, see several active volcanoes and also have many opportunity to view Isabela's plentiful wildlife.

    You will start your exploration with a visit to the Tintoreras, a small group of islands near the village of Puerto Villamil - these islands are named after the white tipped 'Tintoreras' reef sharks that swim here. You may see these sharks as well as sea lions, turtles, rays, penguins, pelicans and blue-footed boobies as well as snorkelling in the bay, where sea lions or penguins may join you! In the afternoon you will walk from the hotel to the local giant tortoise breeding centre, an important conservation centre where the island's giant tortoise are bred and released into the wild thereby helping a gradual recovery of their population. You may also catch a glimpse of pink flamingos feeding on the lake - this archipelago is said to be the only place in the world where you can see both penguins and flamingos!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Marita Hotel, Isabela Island
  13. Day 13 - Day walk exploring the higlands of Isabela Island (16 km) 4-5 hours walk.

    Today you have the whole day to explore the highlands of Isabela Island with a good walk and amazing views. Isabela is the most volcanic of the islands of the Galapagos and you start with the hike up to the crater of the Sierra Negra volcano, one of five volcanoes on Isabela. Sierra Negra last erupted in 2005 and its huge and spectacular caldera is one of the largest in the world, second only to Ngorongoro in Tanzania. You then continue over a Mars-like landscape to reach the rim of Volcan Chico, from where there are some of the best views on Isabela. You will have a picnic lunch in the shade of a lovely 'jaboncillo' tree with distant views of Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands. Later you walk back down with the rest of the afternoon free to relax on the beach.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Marita Hotel, Isabela Island
  14. Day 14 - Wildlife day on Isabela Island. Explore wetlands trail by bike. 2-3 hours

    This morning you will have the opportunity to go kayaking with a paddle from the dock at Puerto Villamil out to Island Bay with plenty of wildlife, looking for turtles, rays, penguins, blue footed boobies and sea lions.
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    In the afternoon you use bikes to explore the Wetlands Trail, through various types of mangrove trees, to look principally for marine iguana colonies. There is a good network of trails to bring you to beaches and historic sites, with views of a village and the chance to see various birds including flamingos and possibly also some giant tortoises. At the end of the trail is the Wall of Tears (El Muro de las Lagrimas), built in the late 1940's by prisoners from the island's former penal colony, using huge blocks of lava. It was said to have been intended to be the wall of a new prison but was more probably just a pointless and harsh forced labour for the prisoners. Returning you can stop at the local swimming hole for a refreshing dip. There will also be the chance today to snorkel and swim.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Marita Hotel, Isabela Island
  15. Day 15 - Transfer to Santa Cruz. Walking in the Santa Cruz highlands, visiting lava tunnels and Garrapatero beach. 4 hours walk.

    This morning you will transfer to Santa Cruz Island, either by boat or by local flight depending on the season -this may mean an early start in which case you will have breakfast on arrival on Santa Cruz. You will then have the day exploring Santa Cruz with a walk in the highlands of the island. To start your day's activities you will drive to Media Luna viewpoint, located 20 minutes from Puerto Ayora, from where you will hike to "El Puntudo" Hill, where you will have a fascinating view of Santa Cruz Island and on a clear day you can see much of the archipelago. To climb this Hill you will walk for about two hours through a beautiful recovered Miconia forest. From the summit you then walk back down to Media Luna. You then drive to an off-the-beaten-path area of Santa Cruz Island, to reach Garrapatero beach. On the way you will stop to visit some of the island's famous lava tunnels. These tunnels were formed as the outer skin of molten lava solidified but the liquid magma inside continued flowing, leaving behind a series of empty tubes. Some of these tubes are high enough to walk through. On Garrapatero Beach you may see a few local families, but few, if any, tourists. Here you may relax, snorkel or paddle the bay in sit-on-top sea kayaks to look for sharks, rays, turtles, and sea birds.

    Later you will travel on to Puerto Ayora, the largest town on Santa Cruz. This attractive town has the largest population of the Galapagos, with a busy harbour and many friendly bars, shops and restaurants. Pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions frequent the harbour and come right into town, especially attracted to the fishermen selling their catch at roadside stalls! You may wander through town and do some last minute souvenir shopping or have a drink at a bar before continuing to your hotel. Tonight you will stay at the lovely Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, situated right on the water, just a short way from Puerto Ayora,

    Overnight iconOvernight: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, Puerto Ayora
  16. Day 16 - Boat trip to Bartolme Island and Sullivan Bay. Walk to view point. 1 hour walk.

    Today you will have a full day boat trip to Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay. It will take around two hours to reach Bartolome, one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos with its lunar landscape, dotted with large boulders which were sent soaring hundreds of metres into the sky by earlier volcanic eruptions. For great views you can follow a 600m timber walkway up to the highest point on the island from where the views are spectacular. After the walk, a dinghy ride along the coastline will give you the opportunity to see the Galapagos penguin, a curious bird which nests here amongst the fissured lava flows and ventures into the crystal clear waters of Bartolome Bay to fish.

    At Sullivan Bay not far away, on the north east of Santiago Island, you will see some amazing lava formations where the lava from the last eruption in the 1800s ran all the way down to the sea - this scenery includes some incredible rope lava. You may also snorkel in the peaceful waters of Sullivan Bay.

    You will return to Puerto Ayora to overnight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, Puerto Ayora
  17. Day 17 - Morning wildlife viewing. Transfer for flight to either Guayaquil or Quito. International departure.

    In the morning you will have a final opportunity to enjoy the views from your hotel and some final wildlife including pelicans, sharks, golden rays and sea turtles. You should also have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, formerly home to the most famous giant tortoise of all, 'Lonesome George'. Here you will see the conservation efforts being made to protect the Galapagos and its ecosystem.

    Later you will transfer to Baltra airport for your flight out of the Galapagos, either to Guayaquil or Quito to pick up your international flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In Flight
  18. Day 18 - ARRIVE LONDON

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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What’s included

  • Gentle Walking trip in Andes with local English speaking leader for the walks
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Quito on twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels elsewhere in the highlands on full board basis
  • Good standard lodge accommodation on Floreana Island, twin share, with all meals.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation on Isabela and Santa Cruz, twin share, with all meals.
  • Galapagos Tourist Transit Card (TTC)
  • National Park Tax for Galapagos
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals except lunch & dinner in Quito and Guayaquil
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms micro-fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Lunch and evening meals in Quito and Guyaquil
  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Fabulous and varied trip          

What a fabulous trip! This holiday offers one of the most inspiring and varied experiences of any of Mountain Kingdoms' many trips. One day you are climbing the slopes of a snow capped volcano in the high Andes or wandering the colonial streets of Quito and staying in great lodges and hotels, while the next you marvel at the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, have close encounters with unique birds such as the Blue Footed Booby, meet ancient tortoises and walk through enormous colonies of sea lions, with opportunities to swim with penguins or snorkel amongst exotic fish, all from the comfort of good standard accommodation on three of the islands.


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There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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