Tailor made holidays, honeymoons, treks & tours to Ecuador and Galapagos
Did you watch ‘Beyond the Lobby’ on BBC in April and want to visit Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador? High in the cloud forests this unique hotel combines luxury with eco-tourism. Contact us on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry and we’ll have you on your way!
As it’s name suggests, Ecuador sits across the Equator and for a small country, packs in some amazing sights and variety of landscapes you can be in the Northern and Southern hemispheres at the same time! Its size means it is easy to get around, you can combine jungle, mountains and beaches in the same holiday!
The roads here are scenic and there are friendly people and farm stays (haciendas) to enrich your journey. Andes and Amazon quickly sums up what Ecuador is all about. Quito (the capital) is located 2,850 metres above sea level and in the shadow of Mount Pichincha. The city has no major temperature changes through the year but up in the mountains it can get very cold at night, it’s a great setting to acclimatise and enjoy the beautifully preserved buildings, the colonial heart of the city being a UNESCO heritage site.
Guayaquil on the coast and the Amazon interior are hot and humid all year round. South of Quito some of the best mountain views in the country are found. The ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ is an impressive snow capped range of peaks including Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Tungurahua. Trekking and climbing holidays here are popular but even if you are not trekking, take some excursions to the colourful Indian markets and colonial towns sitting amongst the mountains.
The high villages in the mountains are home to traditional cultures – take time to explore lively markets piled high with colourful textiles and handicrafts. A few hours north of Quito is Otavalo, one of the main weaving centres of Ecuador and a great place to buy some souvenirs. The techniques used to make these textiles has remained unchanged for centuries.
The terrain is diverse, from snowy peaks on Andean volcanoes and cloud forests, to the wild beaches of the Pacific coast and the rugged wildlife filled Galapagos Islands. The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest is home to a massive biodiversity of wildlife and the Sacha Lodge and Napo Wildlife Centre are perfect for a unique jungle experience as is the Huaorani Eco Lodge, run by the local tribes people.
Most travellers visit between June and October but the country is accessible year round (And the Galapagos is best visited December – March) . A holiday to Ecuador combines well with the Galapagos Islands or Peru. Ask us about a special honeymoon to Ecuador or a tailor made holiday or group tour, maybe including other parts of Latin America.
Contact us now on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry.
Julie and John travelled with Exodus as part of a Peru Explorer group trip which included Nasqua Lines, Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu and the Amazon. As the Inca Trail was too busy they opted for the less well trodden ‘Moonstone Trek’ which still ended at Machu Picchu but much […]
Julie & John Spence – Peru with Moonstone Trek (August 2014)
September 22, 2014
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Ian Furbank – Peru (November 2012)
December 22, 2012
We had a wonderful time in Peru - thank you for organising this, the people were lovely and I particularly enjoyed the train travel. The Amazon lodge was amazing and we did all the tours day and night!
Camilla & Jeremy – Peru (September 2012)
December 27, 2012
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Carole & Andy – Peru Inca Trail (May 2012)
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Small group wildlife tour - Cachalote cruise and Napo Wildlife Centre in the Amazon.
A two week adventure from the Andes mountains to the Pacific Coast including Amazon Rainforest, volcanoes and cloud forests.
The Cachalote Yacht offers different itineraries, with a variety of incredible wildlife experiences around the Galapagos Islands. This itinerary is for a 7 night cruise.
This is a challenging small group mountain adventure holiday, traversing the Andean highlands in central Ecuador, including an optional summit climb of Mount Cotapaxi.