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Join a small group of like-minded travellers on a guided trip.
What's a tailor made trip?
We put together a bespoke tour to fit your requirements.
Prices From $2850 / £2280 per person
Dates: January 2020 to January 2021
Capacity: 5 per person
Our 13-day hiking and climbing tour offers hiking and climbing the best of Ecuador’s volcanoes in comfort.
On our 13-day volcano climbing expedition in Ecuador, we combine high altitude climbing with some fabulous walking in Ecuador’s top mountain areas. We have picked the best accommodation in each place to provide access to the mountains.
The mountain areas we visit on our volcano climbing trip are stunning.
You’ll have the chance to experience a number of peaks on the warm up trekking and then we climb three Ecuador’s big volcanoes: Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.
Prices From $5299 / £4239.2 per person
Dates: From October 2019 to December 2020
Hotel based, active adventure holiday in the Galapagos Islands, taking you to the best activities.
We combine snorkelling, biking, trekking, sea kayaking and diving in a unique itinerary taking in the highlights of these magical islands.
Snorkel with playful sea lions, watch sharks and giant manta rays, or just enjoy the company of the Giant Galapagos Tortoise.
Go home with memories that will last a lifetime with our trip, that blends activity, relaxation and enjoyment.
As well as the wildlife, by staying on the islands you get a feel of the culture of the people who live on the Galapagos.
You are sped from highlight to highlight by speedboat, minimising travel times and seasickness risk.
Prices From $2230 / £1784 per person
Dates: From April 2020 to December 2020
Enjoy a wonderful trekking holiday, walking from lodge to lodge in Ecuador.
Over 11 days, explore fabulous mountain areas of Ecuador in a small group of like minded trekkers.
The tour will take you through 3 of the most beautiful mountain regions of Ecuador: Cotopaxi, Quilotoa and Chimborazo. You will trek into Cotopaxi National Park, with up close views of the glacier covered peak of Cotopaxi right at the heart of the park. On your walks you pass by spectacular waterfalls and follow beautiful valleys, staying at working haciendas along the way. The vegetation will change from the humid Andean forests to the high altitude grasslands known as “paramo”. Humming birds and brightly coloured tropical birds accompany you at lower elevations. As you go higher and walk through the grassland look out for wild horses, the Andean Condor, Black Chested Buzzard Eagles, Puna Ibis, and more.
Next is the hilly farming region of Quilotoa, where you visit the colourful market of Saquisili and walk round deep blue crater lakes. The landscape here is stunning, a patchwork of fields across steep mountain sides, with deep gorged out valleys. The many mountain paths that criss-cross the area are ideal for day walks or multi day treks and there is an excellent selection of interesting, comfortable places to stay.We will see several remote villages and see and learn about the traditions and working life of Ecuador’s rural people.
The last few trekking days are spent walking in the Chimborazo Reserve, where Ecuador´s highest volcano, Chimborazo is. The tour ends with an exhilarating train journey on the the Devils Nose, then return to Quito.
Ecuador is one of the best of all the Andean countries for trekking and day walks. You will experience fabulous expansive mountain vistas, volcanoes in all directions, vast open plains, patchwork green fields, deeply gouged out valleys. As well as this enjoy the impressive array of wildlife, a diverse and unusual fauna, rich local culture and interactions with friendly local people. We have planned this route to include interesting places to stay, some historical, colonial haciendas.
These haciendas are old colonial Spanish style farms. They have been adapted to accommodate tourists and visitors in some degree of comfort. Staying at the haciendas gives a good insight into farming life as most are still working farms, and also allow you to experience some excellent Ecuadorian hospitality.
Prices From $1056 / £844.8 per person
Dates: From October 2019 to January 2020
Travel to Manta for wonderful whale watching tours from Puerto Lopez.
Ecuador’s coast provides great whale watching as well as lovely beaches to relax, all within Machalilla National park.
The weather is warm throughout the year – June and the end of September is the best time to see humpback whales.
Even if out of whale watching season you can still visit Puerto Lopez, Machalilla national park, go bird watching, snorkelling and enjoy superb coastal scenery and playing in warm Pacific surf.
You fly in to historic Manta and then explore – see what the local fisherman have caught at sea, head to South America’s only dry tropical forest and investigate the pre-Spanish cultures.
Then travel south to the coastal area of Machalilla, a dry tropical forest with bizarre shaped kapok trees.
Puerto López is a small, charming and somewhat ramshackle fishing town of around 10,000 people which quickly grows on you.
Or try Agua Blanca further inland and hike through the dry forest you reach the humid tropical forest of San Sebastián, great for seeing orchids, birds and monkeys.
More on whale watching
The port of Salango has lazy beach walks, and let’s not forget the humpback whale, a regular visitor to the Ecuadorian coast.
The waters off the province of Manabí, now protected by the national Park of Machalilla, are breeding grounds for this magnificent whale with frequent sightings from June to September.
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Wow!! What an amazing trip. There really was no particular highlight as every segment was so different and so amazing! Basically the highlight was the whole trip! Everything ran like clockwork. All the tour guides/drivers were on time and all transport was on time (flights, buses, taxis). Everyone was friendly and helpful and not once were we made to feel scared or unwelcome.
Thank you so much for all your help with organising this trip of a lifetime. I am so happy with my decision to choose Andean Trails as our guide for this five week trip and of course I will be recommending (have already actually) Andean Trails to family and friends.
J. Gibbons, Qatar, 2015
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Our guide (Santiago Mata) was a strong positive factor — knowledgable and very helpful, but not intrusive; flexible and anticipatory of any problems that might have been encountered.
Accommodations were fine — some more interesting than others, but all more than adequate. We spent relatively little time in the hotels and generally stayed in each only one night, so cannot give a critical evaluation, but overall, they were all fine. Food was also fine. We ate “local” foods as much as possible, generally with our guide’s advice, and had several very nice meals in the more urban areas. Overall organization worked our just fine for us.
E, Ehrenfeld, USA, 2015
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