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Ecuador Itinerary

Ecuador Encounter

Quito/Riobamba/Cuenca/Guayaquil/Galapagos Islands

Day 01:
Fly London to Quito

Day 02:
Arrival and transfer to your 4*Hotel

Day 03:
Travel overland to Riobamba with sightseeing en-route including the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano and a local market (B,L,D)

Day 04:
Board the Chiva Express through the Andes with sightseeing en-route. Transfer to Cuenca and your 4*Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 05:
Leisurely exploration of the quaint town of Cuenca (B,L)

Day 06:
Excursion to visit some of the small villages famed for their different local crafts. Late afternoon flight to Guayaquil and transfer to your 4*Hotel (B,L)

Day 07:
Flight to the Galapagos Islands and start the 4D/3N Galapagos Cruise (B,D)

Day 08:
Galapagos Cruise with all activities included (B,L,D)

Day 09:
Galapagos Cruise with all activities included (B,L,D)

Day 10:
Flight to Quito and transfer to your 4*Hotel (B)

Day 11:
Morning sightseeing tour in Quito. Evening transfer and departure flight (B)

Day 12:
Arrival into London.

This is simply a suggested itinerary and can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests


What is included:

• Economy class international flights
• Economy class Domestic flights 
• 6 Nights accommodation in 4 Star Hotels with buffet breakfast
• 3 Nights onboard Galapagos Cruise with full programme of activities
• 5 lunches and 5 Dinners
• Transfers
• Full sightseeing programme 
• Entrance Fees
• Services of an English speaking guide


Amazon Extension

Sacha Lodge is located in the heart of Ecuador's Amazon Basin on the north bank of the Napo River. The lodge is a haven for nature lovers, birdwatchers, scientists and adventure seekers providing comfortable accommodation, good meals and knowledgeable naturalist guides. A particular feature of the lodge is the excellent canopy attractions which include a 275-metre long canopy walkway 30 metres above the rainforest floor, and a 43-metre observation tower.

Day 10:
Fly from Quito to Amazon and transfer by canoe to the Sacha Lodge. (B,D)

Day 11-12:
All meals and activities organised by the Sacha Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 13:
Transfer and flight back to Quito (B)

This is simply a suggested itinerary and can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests

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When to go

Weather varies greatly, depending on the altitude. The coastal and Amazonian lowlands have a wet equatorial climate but, the higher you go the colder it becomes. Most large cities are located in a fairly comfortable subtropical zone, although it can be very cold at night in Quito. Further up, it can be cold at all times. Ecuador is a year-round destination but, highland areas are best visited during the dry season - from June to September. It is better to visit the Galapagos Islands between January and May when the climate is classically tropical: hot air temperatures, wide stretches of blue sky, and occasional - but brief - downpours. The rain brings wet richness to the highlands, making them velvety green and flowery.


Flying time

From London to Quito is 17 hours. Lan Ecuador and Iberia flights operate via Madrid.

Time difference

Mainland: GMT - 5.

Galapagos Islands: GMT - 6.


Passport & Visa

Visa Required?
British No
Other EU No

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.


Health requirements

Diphtheria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria  Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever Sometimes


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required depending on the season and region visited.