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Darwin's Ecuador: Andes to Galapagos


Straddling the equator on the Pacific coast, wedged between Colombia and Peru, the smallest of the Andean nations covers an area no bigger than 284,000 square kilometres. For all its diminutive size, however, the country is packed with the most startling contrasts of scenery, and the diversity of this tiny country is simply dazzling.

Encompassing tropical islands, towering snow-capped peaks, cloud forests, and simmering jungle, visitors are treated to a variety of unique landscapes, and many say that Ecuador manages to capture an entire continent in one country. This trip incorporates traditional villages, bio-diverse cloud forests, colonial towns and the incredible volcanic Galapagos Islands, where the vast variety of flora and fauna will delight the nature lover and activity seeker alike


  • See the endemic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, the inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution
  • Travel through the Avenue of Volcanoes and hike to Quilotoa Crater Lake
  • Discover the colourful paintings of the Tigua artists at an arts and crafts centre
  • Follow rainforest trails in search of birdlife in Bellavista Cloud Forest
  • Marvel at the less-visited Incan ruins of Ingapirca, Ecuador’s biggest
  • Explore the colonial wonders of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • On this tour we will use minibuses, motorboat, train and domestic flights
  • 14 nights' accommodation ( 11 in hotels, 2 in inns & 1 in eco lodge)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 6

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 7

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 6

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 6

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.

Talk to us about Ecuador & Galapagos


Most famous for wildlife, the Galapagos are also stunningly beautiful with amazing sunsets.

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