Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

“The dream three in one offer. A 17 day tailor made itinerary that takes you up into the cloud forests, down the Amazon and around the Galapagos. ”

Highlights

Quito | Amazon Basin | Canoe trip on River Amazon | Wildlife watching on Amazon | Day with Anangu people | Guided hike through Ecuador cloud forest | River tubing | 8 day live-aboard cruise of Galapagos Islands | Exploration around North Plaza island | Santa Cruz | Charles Darwin Research Station | Snorkel in the Devil’s Crown volcanic crater | Isabela Island | Wide array of Galapagos wildlife | Isla Bartolome | Snorkel around Pinnacle Rock | Turtle Bay

Description of Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

Amazon Jungle – Galapagos Islands – Andean Cloudforest – Diverse Habitats - Fearless Wildlife – Charming Lodges - Indigenous Culture - choice of cruise vessel - tailored to suit you.

Combine three unforgettable wildlife experiences in one holiday. Explore the Amazon Jungle by boat, kayak and on foot. Relax amidst the rich birdlife of the Andean cloud forest. Sail around the Galapagos Islands to see an amazing diversity of animals. Enjoy learning about your surroundings with your expert naturalist guides.

This is an outstanding holiday for families, with a host of experiences which will really suit children from around 7 to 16. The wildlife, cultural interaction and activities on offer should keep most young minds and bodies very entertained!

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and adapted to your requirements as necessary.
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Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

Environment

We have carefully designed this holiday to represent the full diversity of Ecuador. In the cloudforest the lodge is completely hand built with local materials. Much of the food is grown organically on site & the lodge generally operates on strict sustainable principles.

We work with a selection of boats in the Galapagos, carefully chosen for their sustainable credentials. In all cases we pay for you to become a benefactor of the Galapagos Conservation Trust for a full year. The GCT issues guidelines as to the sorts of tourist visits that have least impact on the sites - those guidelines are that small boats, owned and operated locally, are the best bet for the preservation of the Galapagos.

Most of our boats are SmartVoyager certified. Boats are only able to gain this accreditation by meeting a set of strict conservation standards for protecting the environment & wildlife. We only use naturalist guides trained and licensed by the Galapagos Natural Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Community

The lodge we work with in the Amazon is the only one in Ecuador to be both owned and run by the local community. You meet members of the local community in their village during your stay. Host families are rotated in order that every member of the local community benefits from the tourism to the lodge.

We recommend our favourite first class yachts in the Galapagos. In general, the boat owners and most of the crew on our boats come from the islands, which makes the enterprise sustainable and of economic benefit to the local community.

Reviews of Ecuador and Galapagos holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 May 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Zip-Lining in the Cloud Forest but the Galapagos was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely take a torch, wet weather clothing and a sense of humour.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant but the cloud forest was a bit disappointing as we had continual rain and saw very few animals or birds. This also occurred in the Amazon. We were told by the operator that rain was minimal with short bursts. Obviously a joke.

Read the operator's response here:

Overall I am very pleased that our clients had such a good time on their trip. I would like to put up a quick response to point 4. In April/May 2008 the weather in Ecuador was exceptionally wet with rainfall around three times the expected average. We do try very hard to make sure that clients travel with realistic expectations of the conditions they will encounter. In this particular instance mother nature got in the way. On the plus side, this group had unbroken good weather in the Galapagos.

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