Ecuador adventure holiday

“18 day small group overland adventure in Ecuador. Round-trip from Quito with loads of optional and included activities and cultural excursions.”


Quito | Tena | Baños | Alausí | Guayaquil | Puerto López | San Clemente | Otavalo | Optional activities include: hiking, snorkelling, white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and caving |

Description of Ecuador adventure holiday

This exciting 18 day overland adventure in Ecuador gives you the chance to join a small group of nomadic travellers as you explore on a round-trip from the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.

No cultural or natural stone has been left unturned when it comes to uncovering all of Ecuador’s highlights as well as a few lesser-known treasures along the way. Ecuador is renowned for its incredibly dramatic landscapes and nowhere is this more prevalent than within the realm of Machalilla National Park where outdoor adventure activities abound.

Elsewhere you’ll discover exciting Andean locations like the Avenue of the Volcanoes as well as opportunities to learn about life adjacent to the Amazon as you travel by public transport and stay with local people in homestay accommodation.

From plentiful Pacific beaches to indigenous cultural heritage and naturally hot thermal springs, this is an eclectic Ecuadorian adventure and absolutely worth adding to any South American wish list.

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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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ecuador adventure holiday

The two community development projects incorporated into this trip allow travellers to experience real life in indigenous Quichua communities both in the Amazon and the Sierra.

Ricancie is a network of Quichua communities that offer ecotourism in the Upper Napo valley of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Each community that participates in this project offers different tour itineraries that highlight the natural wonders of the area and its own unique cultural heritage. The income generated by tourism contributes to the community, increasing family income, women’s participation in community affairs, and providing job opportunities for the youth.

Project Condor involves several Quichua communities in the province of Chimborazo. One of the main communities involved is San Pablo de Pulingui, which has developed a drinking water project, constructed a bilingual primary school, introduced Alpaca, and a women’s weaving cooperative. San Pablo de Pulingui has also participated in the reforestation of native trees, a flourishing ecotourism project, and the university training of 20 young people to be professional native guides. Just a few days in San Pablo de Pulingui is enough to experience the rich culture and lifestyle of this small pastoral farming community. We also supports this community through our non-profit organization.

4 Reviews of Ecuador adventure holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2016 by

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

I loved Ecuador. The scenery is very memorable green and lush.

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

Relax and let the guide take care of everything

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

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

I loved it

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2016 by

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

The homestays were amazing, being able to interact with the families and learn about their lifestyles was wonderful. I also really enjoyed the time in Puerto Lopez. The CEO or guide for the trip was wonderful and made the trip memorable for me.

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

It was very active which I loved but be ready for riding the local buses. One of the things that was not my most favourite part of the trip. Travel lightly as you have to carry (or roll) your bag in many places.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The company booked places that were locally owned and operated which was great. Also there was safe water provided in many places which reduced the need for bottled water, therefore reducing the waste.

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

It was totally awesome, I really enjoyed this tour. The holiday provider is a great company with a really great travelling ethic.

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2013 by

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

Joining in celebrations of local festival with home stay hosts in San Clemente

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

Make the most of free time and optional activities

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Benefitted local people - especially in two home stays

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

Excellent itinerary

Reviewed on 03 May 2011 by

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

Tunguruhua Volcano erupting whilst in Banos, walking around Cuicocha Crater lake, climbing Chimborazo volcano and visiting a funny little rainforest island in Tena.

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

If nature is your thing then I wouldn't go on this holiday, it's not really geared towards bird watching or animal spotting. If you want to soak up the culture and the people, to get a strong over-arching impression of Ecuador with a bit of everybody, and you don't mind spending a lot of time in towns then go for it.

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

Yes I did, we had two community homestays and whenever possible we travelled on public transport.

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

My holiday was incredible, and I loved it, you really have to look around and see what is on offer in each place you go to though, some of my best memories are when myself and other party members struck out and made our own holiday.

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