Galapagos diving and Ecuador trekking holiday

Dive deep and climb high: over 17 days, this trip takes you up to Cotopaxi’s snowline, and down to dive with hammerhead sharks and sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. Stay in environmentally-friendly lodges and you’ll get even closer to these wild places.
Quito Andes lodge-to-lodge trekking Cotopaxi snowline trek Galapagos up to four dives a day from a liveaboard time on the beach
Price
£7500To£8000 excluding flights
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Duration
17 Days
Countries
Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Type
Tailor made
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Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing.
As this is a tailor-made itinerary, we can change it to suit your own needs, wants, time and budget. Enquire now to start planning your own adventure with one of our Ecuador & Galapagos experts.
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Description of Galapagos diving and Ecuador trekking holiday

This is more than a Galapagos diving holiday. Not only do you get some relaxation time on the beach after a week of world-class diving in the Galapagos, but you’ve just come here off the back of hiking in the Andes mountains.

On the first half of this trip you’ll spend four days trekking in the Andes. After an acclimatisation day in Quito, which gives you a great opportunity for a guided tour of the city, you can start your high-altitude trekking holiday. Going from lodge to lodge in the mountains, you’ll experience dramatic landscapes, perhaps accompanied by equally dramatic weather changes. You’ll well rewarded for your efforts every evening with hearty food in the lodges.

This part of the trip culminates in tackling Cotopaxi. Ecuador’s most famous mountain is its second largest, a perfect cone crowned with snow. You’ll walk right up to the volcano’s snowline, which takes you up to 5,100m above sea level – as far as you can go without technical equipment for tackling the snow.

From here it’s a flight to the Galapagos islands for time on the water. You’ll stay on a boat so you can enjoy up to four dives a day. The Galapagos is unique in the world for the incredible encounters you can get with animals that have not learnt to fear humans. Sea lions preying on sardines can be very inquisitive of your presence, whilst you’ll be amazed by huge gatherings of scalloped hammerhead sharks. You may be lucky enough to see gigantic whale sharks, which tend to come to the islands between June and November.

After a highly active holiday, you could spend a few days on land on the Galapagos, staying at a hotel on the beach. Water babies can snorkel or kayak – but you may just want to rest after all the excitement.

This trip can be tailor made to suit your particular interests; an example itinerary is below.

Price information

£7500To£8000 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing.
As this is a tailor-made itinerary, we can change it to suit your own needs, wants, time and budget. Enquire now to start planning your own adventure with one of our Ecuador & Galapagos experts.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Galapagos wildlife
The behaviour of wildlife on Galápagos does vary, so you may want to take this into consideration – whether you want to play with penguins, swim with ...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Our tailormade Ecuador trips aim for a 'Slow Travel' approach, where we encourage our guests to fly on holiday less often, stay for longer when they are there (don't fly all the way to South America for 10 days!), and when flying is unavoidable (such as reaching the Galapagos) to make sure the trip is a fully immersive and meaningful adventure, that is both enjoyable for the traveller but also benefits the places we visit.

We handpick accommodation with a focus on environmental responsibility, such as the charming mountain lodge in Cotopaxi, and an award-winning Galapagos eco hotel helping to protect the local flora and fauna.

In fact just by visiting the Galapagos, as well as other national parks on the mainland, you are also helping to support important conservation efforts. Indeed, the Galapagos provides a great example in how responsible tourism can thrive, providing both the opportunity for people to experience its wonders, but also limiting the human impact on the archipelago through strict national park regulations.

People

Community based tourism is a key element of our trips to Ecuador, and in fact our ground partners based in Quito are multi-award winners in this field. Throughout the trip we aim to involve local communities in our activities, such as across the Cotopaxi trekking days with where we eat and stay. The aim throughout is to provide non-touristy, authentic cultural experiences, that benefit the people from those communities directly.

We also avoid any international chain hotels or large cruise ships, prioritising independent local owner-run properties where possible. This keeps more money in the immediate area, and helps provides business and employment opportunities to local people, whilst providing us and our guests with a more genuine and enriching stay as part of our trips. All of our guides and drivers are also based out of partners local offices in Quito and the Galapagos, rather than contracting in European or North American guides.

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