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The Ecuador Mainland is often overlooked by those heading straight to the Galapagos Islands, yet this little explored country is a destination made for travel. Home to soaring Andean peaks, Amazon wilderness, jagged coastline and cobbled colonial towns, Ecuador boasts all of South America’s allure, and more. Galapagos Islands aside, here are a few of our recommended wonders which highlight Ecuador as a mini South America.
Join our exclusive Imagine Latin America Small Group Tour, fully escorted by a local Tour Leader and Galapagos Naturalist Guide to experience the very best of Ecuador and the Galapagos’ prolific wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Enjoy scenic walks in Cotopaxi National Park and around the Sierra Negra Volcano, gain an insight into the Ecuadorian culture and spend six days discovering the wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Quito is Ecuador’s charming capital city, perched high in the Andean mountains in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano.
Latin America Specialist Sam re-lives his recent stint in Otavalo, a place known for its beautiful landscape and talented weavers and crafts...
Latin America specialist Sam has travelled the length of Ecuador in search of unique, characterful, and sustainable lodges and hotels to ensure we can offer you the best experiences possible. Read on to find out how he got on, and fall in love with the idea of exploring jaw dropping scenery and learning about the Ecuadorian way of life.
Ecuador’s stunning Andes region is famous for its outstanding trekking opportunities. We’ve handpicked five of our favourites to get you started!
Packed with cultural heritage, colonial charm and situated in the middle of the world, Quito is a fascinating capital. Offering a wealth of unique things to see and do, Imagine Latin America have conjured up their top five favourite experiences to enjoy in this fascinating city.
Horse riding has been a way of life in Ecuador’s sierra region for many centuries, with Ecuadorian horses famous for their strength and ability to trot up steep slopes at high altitudes. Horse riding is one of the best ways to get in touch with traditional Ecuadorian culture, as well as being a great way to soak up the country’s mesmerising landscape.
Latin America specialist Sonia left us all green-eyed with tales of her incredible trip to Ecuador and Galapagos, one of the most exciting and varied destinations to visit. Read on to find out what she did and where she stayed…
Deluxe Peru and Ecuador
Lima, Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco, Puno, Guayaquil, Galapagos, Quito
Best for: Luxury, Cruise, Wildlife
An incredible holiday combination staying at the finest places along the way! Mix the cultural sights of Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu, with the natural wonders of the impressive Lake Titicaca and the endemic wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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From family fun to romantic getaways, this itinerary will open up your eyes to the beauty and diversity of Peru and allow you to get under the skin of the Galapagos Islands. See the highlights of Peru, including the vibrant city of Cusco, the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the majestic waters of Lake Titicaca. Finish your journey in Ecuador, stopping in the Galapagos Islands to encounter the archipelago’s most unique and fascinating wildlife on one of our favourite cruises. From culture, spectacular landscapes, wildlife and architectural treasures, this itinerary ticks all the boxes and more.
Days 1 - 3 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Hotel B for 2 nights
Begin your holiday in the capital of Peru, Lima. Lima was once the headquarters of the Spanish Empire which means the city is home to some of the most beautiful architecture. Today, the city has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with Peru’s finest restaurants found here and wonderful museums to visit.
Days 3 - 5 : Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Stay at Hotel Sol y Luna for 2 nights
From Lima, fly to Cuzco and head straight into the Sacred Valley of the Incas which is the gateway to Machu Picchu, providing spectacular scenery, an abundance of Andean cultures and an array of activities from adventure sports to historical sites. It's the perfect place to acclimatise to the altitude and also to get under the skin of the Inca history of the region.
Day 5 - 6 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for 1 night
This morning, take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, wind through the mountains and follow the Urubamba River through a region of outstanding beauty. Disembark in the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy a guided tour around the iconic 'Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu. Soak in incredible views and get a taste of the local history.
Days 6 - 9 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra La Casona for 3 nights
As well as the foremost city of the Inca Empire, Cusco is also the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Cusco is an essential stop for its rich culture and charming lively atmosphere. Whilst in the city visit Sacsayhuaman, the Inca shrine Qenqo, the Korikancha temple, and the traditional Andean market of San Pedro. A city pass ticket will be included so you have entry to all of the key historic sites and museum.
Days 9 - 11 : Lake Titicaca, Peru
Stay at Amantica Lodge for 2 nights
Take the train to Puno where you will stay on the shores of the picturesque Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. Visit the floating reed islands of Uros and Taquile Island, where the men knit some of Peru’s finest textiles, or relax with views out across the highest lake in the world from your tiny hotel, enjoying the lakeside terrace.
Day 11 - 12 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Stay at Hotel del Parque for 1 night
Fly to Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador, the stepping stone to the magnificent Galapagos Islands. It is an easy city to explore in a day with all the key sights (the waterfront, Parque Iguanas and the colonial area of Las Peñas) being located within close proximity to one another. Alternatively unwind at your hotel which is immersed in one of the local parks right on the river, with abundant birdlife and tropical vegetation.
Days 12 - 15 : Galapagos, Ecuador
Stay at Galapagos Safari Camp for 3 nights
The Galapagos islands, a group of volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador, are the most unique islands on the face of the Earth! Stay at one of the few camps on the Galapagos Islands, the luxurious Galapagos Safari Camp. Marvel at the endemic species of the islands, explore the deep lava tunnels by flashlight and seek out giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to the camp.
Days 15 - 18 : Galapagos
Stay at M/C Petrel for 3 nights
Next, board the Petrel for a cruise that will highlight the very best of these magical islands. The boat mainly travels at night, so that you wake up in the morning at a new island, ready for you to explore and meet the unique wildlife which lives there. Days are spent either walking along trails looking out for wildlife with your English-speaking guide, kayaking or snorkelling in the clear waters.
Days 18 - 20 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at ILLA Experience Hotel for 2 nights
Fly to Quito for your final nights and explore Ecuador's charming capital. Flanked by the Andes and the towering Pichincha volcano, the rich architecture of bygone colonial days and the scenery will literally take your breath away! Stay at Illa Experience Hotel, where daily included activities are provided to help you get under the skin of Quito before flying home.
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Talk to us. We can work out the best way to ensure you see what you should and enjoy your time away. Call 020 3141 2840 and we will start designing a holiday tailored specifically to you.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $13520 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation with breakfasts
Full board and excursions in Galapagos
Guided tours in English
Transfers with baggage assistance
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.