Ecuador’s travel slogan says it all: “Like Nowhere Else, All In One Place, So Close. All You Need is Ecuador.” From the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific to the three biomes of continental Ecuador – coast, highlands, and rainforest – there is so much to do in one of South America’s smallest countries! A Galapagos adventure alone is an incredible vacation, but while you’re there, make it unforgettable with these exciting luxury-class extension tours visiting the best regions of Ecuador in style staying at some of the country’s finest hotels.

  1. Galapagos & Amazon

    • Length: 15 days
    • Highlights:
      • Quito city tour, including the major attractions in the well-preserved colonial old town
      • Amazon adventure at La Selva Jungle Lodge, with opportunities to go kayaking & canoeing on the Napo River, day and night hikes on the various rainforest trails surrounding the lodge, wildlife exploration, birding from the canopy tower, visiting a local indigenous community, and visiting the parrot clay licks.
      • Galapagos adventure where you will swim and snorkel among the incredible marine life, hike over lava flows and up the sides of volcanoes, see unique birds, iguanas, and tortoises, and relax in the warm equatorial sun.
  2. Andes, Galapagos, & Amazon

    • Length: 15 days
    • Highlights:
      • Highland exploration of Cotopaxi National Park, surrounding the stunningly symmetrical Cotopaxi Volcano.
      • Quito city tour, including all of the major attractions in the colonial old town plus the other visitor sites like El Panecillo and The City at the Center of the World, home to the equator line.
      • Exploration of the highland villages and paramo scenery on the Andean train.
      • A stop at Otavalo, South America’s largest artisan market.
      • A 3 ½ day excursion to the Amazon, for canoeing, hiking, bird watching, and rainforest exploration.
      • A 5-day adventure in the Galapagos Islands, offering hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming.
  3. Andes Hacienda & Amazon Lodge

    • Length: 10 days
    • Highlights:
      • The train ride to Salinas de Ibarra, where you’ll meet a local indigenous community and the salt mines from which the town got its name.
      • A visit to the largest artisan craft market in South America at Otavalo and a stop in the well-known leather market of Cotacachi.
      • Exploration of the highland villages and paramo scenery on the Andean train.
      • A stop at Otavalo, South America’s largest artisan market.
      • A 3 ½ day excursion to the Amazon, for canoeing, hiking, bird watching, and rainforest exploration.
      • A 5-day adventure in the Galapagos Islands, offering hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming.
  4. Scenic Ecuador & Galapagos Tour

    • Length: 13 days
    • Highlights:
      • Bartering for souvenirs at the Otavalo artisan market.
      • Exploration of both Cotopaxi and Chimborazo National Parks, where active volcanoes dominate the landscape.
      • A journey down the “Devil’s Nose,” an impressively engineered switchback railroad that winds down the side of the mountain.
      • A tour of the charming city of Cuenca, notable for its well preserved colonial center and easy-going atmosphere.
      • A tour of coastal Guayaquil, Ecuador’s biggest city, and the country’s main port.
      • 5 days in the enchanting Galapagos Islands, where your days are filled with swimming, snorkeling, hikes over lava flows, and exploration of all of the marine, avian, and terrestrial life in this amazing archipelago.
  5. Andes & Amazon Premium Multisport

    • Length: 6 days
    • Highlights:
      • Zipline through the cloud forest & ride horses in Cotopaxi National Park.
      • Mountain bike your way down the slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano.
      • Explore the adventure town of Banos, sandwiched between the peaks of the Andes and the Amazon jungle.
      • Bike & hike your way through the Amazon, with an opportunity to meet locals in an indigenous community.
      • Raft the rapids of the Jatunyacu River.
      • See the unique birdlife and wildlife that makes its home in the cloud forest.
      • Practice your bartering & Spanish skills at the Otavalo artisan market.
      • Hike the breathtaking rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake.
      • Tour Quito at your own pace before departing.
  6.  Tren Crucero: Quito to Guayaquil & Guayaquil to Quito

    • Length: 4 days
    • Highlights:
      • Take a different kind of cruise – on a train! Considered the best luxury cruise train in South America, the Tren Crucero travels from the summits of the highlands, through the transition forests, all the way to the sun-kissed coasts of Ecuador.
      • Wind up or down the infamous Devil’s Nose as you ascend thousands of meters in just a few hours through the Andes.
      • Meet Baltazar Utica, the last ice miner of the Andes.
      • Make stops in Riobamba, Ambato, and Alausi.
      • Explore both coastal Guayaquil and Ecuador’s capital city of Quito.

All tours include:

  • Private services with local English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Only entrances fees as detailed in each itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance to museums, monuments, ruins as per program
  • Permanent assistance by our operation department
  • Accommodation at five stars hotels
  • Air domestic transportation, Only Ecuador flights

Not included:

  • Air international transportation
  • Meals and services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry, phone bills, or anything extra
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park Tips Extras

Contact one of the Galapagos & Ecuador specialists at Columbus Travel for help building the perfect trip based upon any of the example itineraries above.