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Ecuador and Galapagos

Mark and David's verdict:

Ecuador offers a potted version of the entire South American continent. Join a tour to take in jungle, Andean peaks, exquisite Spanish colonial architecture, nights in haciendas, Indian markets and Inca ruins, with the added bonus of a guided cruise to the Galapagos, Darwin's own laboratory.

Recommended tour operator: Cox & Kings

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Cox & Kings says

We have created a matchless selection of tailor-made private holidays and escorted tours that perfectly capture the beauty and diversity of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

  • Group and private tours
  • Unique experiences
  • Wildlife encounters

Journeys include Ecuador’s lofty capital, Quito, which offers a captivating mix of colonial architecture and lively markets. Some also include the beautiful city of Cuenca, the stunning volcanic landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park, the Ecuadorian Amazon and the mountains and glacial lagoons of Cajas National Park.

The best and most efficient way to explore the Galapagos Islands is on-board one of our specially selected vessels, all of which offer superior levels of comfort and service. You can choose from three, four or seven day cruises from which to explore some of the most fascinating and diverse of the archipelago’s volcanic islands and wildlife.

We will help you select the best cruise option to suit your interests, budget and schedule but you are almost certain to visit Isabela (the largest) and Fernandina (the youngest, created by volcanic eruptions ‘only’ 700,000 years ago).

If you prefer to be land based, you can stay in one of our selected hotels on Santa Cruz Island, you can even stay in a luxurious tented camp, and take excursions to nearby islands to observe some of the famous wildlife.

Expert English-speaking guides and naturalists accompany all our escorted tours and cruises.

With more than 250 years’ experience organising escorted tours and tailor-made holidays, we pride ourselves on delivering outstanding customer service from the moment you contact us until the end of your holiday.

Click here for more about our Ecuador and Galapagos tours, and the best time to visit.

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