Ecuador is a land of enormous cultural and natural diversity. Its cultural legacy encompasses the descendants of Spanish conquistadores and many distinct Indigenous communities. It also boasts extraordinary bio-diversity, with the jewel in its crown being the incomparable Galápagos Islands.
This remote island group encompasses cool lava landscapes, cactus forests, lush green highlands, turquoise coves and perfect white sand beaches, and is the only place in the world where it is possible to swim with penguins and tropical parrot fish at the same time.
This tour encapsulates the great variety to be found within this compact country. Experience colonial Quito, the exquisite cloud forests of Mindo, the high country thermal springs at Papallacta in the Andes and the incomparable Galápagos islands on a first-class yacht. There is the option to journey into the Amazon before the tour and stay at Sacha Lodge, an eco-lodge that blends seamlessly into its forest surroundings. You could see giant otters duck, dive and call to each other as you eat breakfast; caimans gliding under the walkway as you head back to your room; hear monkeys chattering outside your balcony; or see giant sloths hanging out on trees by the cabins.
This tour is strictly limited to fifteen people.
Jan Beccaloni is a museum curator specialising in spiders and their relatives and a respected natural historian. She is the Meetings Secretary of the British Arachnological Society, the former Secretary of the Wallace Memorial Fund and the author of the acclaimed book “Arachnids’. Jan is an experienced and popular tour leader who enjoys travelling and has conducted scientific fieldwork in the UK, Brunei, Madagascar and Costa Rica.
Pre tour extension
Tour cost is US$9,632 per person sharing a room (excluding flights and airport transfers). Tour cost is US$10,087 for a room to yourself