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Ecuador Walking Highlights

Ecuador
5 reviews
Available Departures: May, Aug, Sep, Oct

14 days from

US$2,800

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

Experience Ecuador from Andes to Amazon on this adventerous walking holiday

Trip Code: ECV
Holiday Grades

Our Holiday Grades Explained

To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Ecuador Walking Highlights

Highlights
  • Enjoy some of the best day walks in Ecuador
  • Haggle in the famous local markets of Otavalo and Saquisili
  • Visit the high mountain refuges on Cotopaxi, Illiniza and Chimborazo 
  • Experience the Amazon Rainforest on a day trip from Banos
  • See the sights of Quito's Old Town, little known cloud forest reserve, and stand astride the equator at ‘Mitad del Mundo’

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 15
  • 9 days walking
  • Caldera Lakes & Volcanoes
  • Markets & Culture
  • Max altitude - 5000 metres
  • Join In Quito

Accommodation & Meals
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 11 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • 9 nights Hotel
  • 2 nights Guesthouse
  • 2 nights Lodge
Overview

This walking highlights adventure showcases the very best of Ecuador; from its high-altitude volcanoes, unique paramo and cloud forest, virbant culture and jungle lowlands. During the course of our two week holiday, we explore these highlights with a series of days walks, picturesque transfers and a collection of interesting sightseeing and adventurous experiences along the way.

After visiting the colonial old town of the capital, Quito, we start our journey to the north in the famous market town of Otavalo. As well as exploring its famously colourful textiles market, we complete two stunning day walks to Laguna San Pablo and around the impressive crater rim of Laguna Cuicocha. After this we continue our journey of culture and adventure visiting another renowned market of Saquisili before hiking to the extremely photogenic caldera lake of Quilotoa.

Continuing South we also visit the high refuges on three of Ecuador’s volcanic giants: Cotopaxi, Illiniza and Chimborazo. Cotopaxi (5897m), recognisable due to its iconic conical shape, is the highest active volcano in the world and the summit of Chimborazo (6268m), due to the equatorial bulge, has the distinction of being the furthest point from the centre of the Earth!

We end with a unique Amazon experince, heading into the jungle by road and river to learn about the local populations and traditions as well as the abundant flora and fauna of the jungle. We have additional time to relax in the spa town of Banos before heading back to the capital. Here we end the trip on a hidden gem, a day walk through the cloud forest of the Choco Andino Biosphere Reserve - a little known oasis of wildlife and rare flora.

Expect charming accommodation throughout, including incredibly located lodges with outrageous volcanic views, traditional family run guesthouses and well-located hotels. This is a classic walking holiday and a superb introduction to one of the most awe-inspiring environments on Earth.

Why not combine this trip with a Galapagos Holiday? 

During this holiday we will enjoy a total of 9 day walks, spanning the diverse landscapes Ecuador has to offer. We will visit the high mountain refuges on 3 of Ecuador’s most impressive volcanoes, Cotopaxi, Illiniza and the mighty Chimborazo, reaching a top altitude of 5000m. We also trek to volcanic caldera lagoons, through cloud forest reserves and unique Andean Paramo, as well as experiencing the jungle environment of the Amazon. The average walking time each day will be between 3 and 5hrs, but we will be walking at high altitudes, which will of course make things a little more challenging. However, the itinerary is designed with your acclimatisation in mind. We will encounter village tracks, forest roads, Andean Paramo, the occasional rugged slope of scree or loose volcanic material.

Between our walks we’ll have time to relax, explore, soak up the Andean ambience and visit some of the country’s most famous towns, sights and markets. There are several transfers involved in this holiday. However, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries and these transfers are generally short (1 - 3 hours) and very scenic.

Please note that there is an element of driving on this holiday to enable us to experience the diversity of landscape in this wonderful country. 

Why KE?

Our great value Ecuador Walking Highlights holiday offers a perfect blend of walking amongst towering volcanoes, stunning lakes and a rich variety of wildlife. We use a variety of accommodation, from comfortable hotels to mountain lodges with panoramic vistas, to give you a true flavour of Ecuadorian hospitality. To help us see another side of this impressive country we have included an Amazon experience and a stay in Banos.

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Itinerary

Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A timed airport transfer from Quito Airport is provided. The transfer takes around 1hr. Your holiday begins with the evening meal, which we will take at the hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

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Situated at nearly 3,000m above sea level, amongst the verdant foothills of the Andes, Quito enjoys a pleasant climate year-round. We take our first day to enjoy the city and acclimatise to this high altitude country. Bustling with activity, Quito is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Its many churches and colonial palaces testify to its rich past. We head to one of the many belvederes offering a magnificent view of the capital. Before completing a walking tour of the colonial center of Quito, classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

We then drive one hour to Mitad del Mundo, literally the 'middle of the world'. Situated approximately 15 miles north of Quito, the Mitad del Mundo is a park dedicated to all things equatorial, which has as its centre-piece a 30-metre high monument topped with a globe. No visit to Ecuador is complete without visiting this monument, where you can stand with one foot on either side of the equator.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

3-4 hours walking

Distance

12 KM

After breakfast, we drive around 2.5hrs to the village of Zuleta. From here we complete a beautiful walk through a patchwork quilt of cultivated fields and forests of eucalyptus with superb views towards the volcanoes Imbabura and the glacial summit of Cayambe, to reach the lake of San Pablo. There is plenty of opportunity today to see rural life in the various Andean villages we encounter en-route.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

380 M

Descent

480 M

Time

3-4 hrs walking

Distance

12 KM

After breakfast, we drive around 40 minutes to the 3km wide Cuicocha crater lake (3486m), a dormant volcano with a water filled caldera. The lake, which is a stunning azure blue, has two islands in the centre, which are lava domes from its last major eruption. We will make a complete circuit of the lake, walking along the caldera rim. This is good acclimatisation at an average altitude of around 3500 metres and will take around 4 - 5 hours to complete at a steady pace. There are good views of the volcano, Cerro Cotacachi (4939m) directly to the north of the lake. Afterwards we return to Otavalo.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

650 M

Descent

650 M

Time

5 hrs walking

Distance

12 KM

This morning we will have time to explore the famed local market. Otavalo is particularly well known for its colourful textiles and there are blankets, ponchos, jumpers, tapestries, hats, and hand bags in bewildering profusion and styles. This is also a very good place to buy locally made musical instruments such as charangos and zampona (pan pipes), or to buy ceramics and pottery. You will have time to visit the various local fabric and craft shops where haggling is part of Ecuadorian culture. After Lunch, we drive 3 hrs, back into to the Southern Hemisphere, to the town of Lasso.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B L D

Early in the morning, we drive for around 40 minutes to Saquisili to discover its famous Thursday market. High in colour and further off the beaten track than that of Otavalo, the Saquisili market is certainly one of the most interesting in the country. The aim will be to arrive early in the morning so we can see some of the local Ecuadorian's busy morning sales negotiations, visit the fruit and vegetable market and bargain hunt for souvenirs ourselves amongst the local crafts. Afterwards, we make the 2hrs drive to discover the magnificent Western Cordillera: we will see amazing and beautiful Andean landscapes, mountain slopes adorned with small plots of farm land and a semi-desert plain dotted with sheep and furrowed by large canyons. We start with a drive to Quilotoa Lagoon where we walk to the bottom of the crater (3900m), a water filled caldera, which is actually the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes!

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B L D

Ascent

250 M

Descent

250 M

Time

2 - 3hrs walking

Distance

4 KM

From Lasso, it is just a short drive to the roadhead at Virgen (4020m) where today's trek begins. From here we ascend to the Illiniza refuge at 4750m. This 4 hour walk rewards us with more splendid views of Ecuador's 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'. The refuge is situated on the former volcanic crater and is the base for both Iliniza summits, the South (5260m) with its impressive glaciers and the rocky North summit (5116m). We will also walk through Polylepis forest, also known as the 'tree of paper' for its feather like leaves and multi-layered papery bark. It is one of the trees that grow at the highest altitudes in the Andes. Returning to our vehicles, we then drive back to Lasso and on to the Cotopaxi National Park (1.5hrs) to our accommodation for the next two nights, a rugged mountain lodge heated by log-burning stoves, located in the park and boasting unbeatable views of Cotopaxi.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

800 M

Descent

800 M

Time

6 hrs walking

Distance

9 KM

Full day to enjoy the unique Andean paramo (high altitude vegetation rich in unique flora), at the foot of Cotopaxi, which is the world's highest active volcano and the second highest peak in Ecuador. The perfect cone of Cotopaxi, which is permanently covered with snow, rising up alone from the paramo makes the perfect picture. We drive up to the car park beneath the Jose Rivas Refuge. This alpine hut is situated just below the level of the glaciated part of the mountain, this is the starting point for climbers wishing to scale its peak. We take a slow walk up to the hut, which at this altitude will take us around 45mins (it takes around 15mins to return!). There are breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside. Returning down we drive the short distance to our accommodation, taking time to visit the water springs and ruins located in the park.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

400 M

Descent

400 M

Time

2-3 hrs walking

Distance

4 KM

Before leaving the Cotopaxi National Park we will enjoy a nice hike straight from our mountain lodge. Traversing the side of the rocky volcano, Ruminiahui (4300m) we make our way on to diverse Andean Paramo finally reaching Limpiopungo Lagoon (4000m), where we will see a varierty of wild flowers, birds and magnificent views of its namesake volcano. Returning to our vehicles we then continue on to Riobamba (3hrs).

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

500 M

Descent

500 M

Time

3-4 hrs walking

Distance

12 KM

At 6263 metres, Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and, due to the equatorial bulge; its summit has the distinction of being the furthest point from the center of the Earth. Until the last century it was thought to be the tallest mountain on earth and Edward Whymper made the first recorded ascent under that mistaken belief. Today there is a mountaineers' refuge named after this great alpinist, located high on the mountain at close to 5000m. We drive for 1.5 hours on a switch-back dirt road up to a parking area below the hut from where we make the short hike of around 45 minutes to the Whymper Refuge. If the weather is good it is also possible to make a return hike of around 2 hours to reach the Condor Cocha Lagoon. Returning to our vehicle we descend the mountain and join the Panamerican Highway, travelling north-east for 2 - 3 hours to reach the charming spa town of Ban?os. We check into our comfortable hotel and enjoy the evening ambiance of this resort town with its mix of pavement cafes, restaurants, craft and book shops.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

200 M

Descent

200 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs walking

Distance

3 KM

We have a full day to explore the secondary jungle of the Ecuadorian Amazon. We drive 2 hrs to the community of Puyopungo, where we will be given an insight into the way of life of the indigenous people of this area. After this we enjoy a walk to a jungle swimming hole by the impressive Hola Vida waterfall, before travelling down the river by canoe. In the afternoon, we attend a traditional chocolate making (and tasting!) workshop and spend time with our local guide learning about the flora and fauna of the rainforest. On our way back to Baños we visit the impressive "Devil's Flag" waterfall.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

200 M

Descent

200 M

Time

2-3 hrs walking

Distance

4 KM

We have the morning to explore the amenities of this picturesque and laid-back town. Situated in the shadow of the live volcano, Tungurahua, the town is famous for its thermal pools and is also known as 'the Gateway to the Amazon' due to its position on the edge of the Andean plateau. Banos is a very relaxing place just to stroll around or you might want to head out to explore the surrounding area. With our guide we have options of short walks in the surrounding hills before discovering the city center, the cathedral and the balsa and tagua (vegetable ivory) workshops. After lunch, we drive around 3.5 hrs back to Quito.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

After breakfast, we drive 1.5 hrs to the western flanks of the Pichincha volcano. This surprising trek in the Yanacocha reserve was initially created in 2001 with the aim of protecting an endangered hummingbird species (244 species in total), the Jocotoco foundation realised the importance of this particular ecosystem and currently has 1080 hectares of mountain Cloud Forest protected. Situated at an altitude of 3500m, this hike allows us to discover the flora and fauna of this little corner of paradise. The Choco Andino reserve was declared by the UN as the 7th Biosphere Reserve in the country in 2018.
After our hike we transfer back to our hotel for a final celebratory evening meal in Ecuador to mark the end of our holiday.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

640 M

Descent

640 M

Time

4 hrs walking

Distance

15 KM

Depending on flight times, we have some free time for further independent sight-seeing or last-minute shopping this morning. Your holiday ends after breakfast at the hotel. A single timed transfer to the airport is provided. Should you wish to extend your stay additional hotel nights in Quito are available, or you may want to include a visit to the Amazon Rainforest. Please contact the KE office for further information.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Single timed airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per Meal Plan All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All activities/excursions mentioned

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Some meals as per Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure - drinks and souvenirs etc

The group will meet at the hotel in Quito.

A single transfer from Quito Airport to the group hotel is provided on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary.

On the last day of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single transfer to Quito Airport.

Anyone may join the group transfers by prior arrangement. Travelling as a group or on public transport saves energy. If this is not practical, we can provide private transfers at an additional cost. Taxis are also available.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 7 dinners are included in the holiday price. In Quito and the main towns there is a wide range of dining options, to suit all budgets and we find that most people prefer to have a choice on where they eat. We suggest you budget between $7 and $20 for each of these non-included meals.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Ecuadorian cuisine varies across its different regions and includes excellent seafood (particularly cerviche style), toasted corn, and empanadas (pastries) stuffed with spiced meats. If you want to fully immerse yourself in the local culture, you can try roasted cuy (guinea pig), but this is strictly optional! You can also expect plenty of exotic fruits and these will be served with most meals. Breakfasts generally consist of fruit, yoghurt, a choice of eggs and toast. Depending on the day’s itinerary lunches may be taken in a restaurant or café, or they may be provided as a packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit and snack. 

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

The group will spend 2 nights in a well located hotel in central Quito, 3 nights in a small family run hotel in Otavalo and 2 nights in a comfortable hotel in Banos. In Machachi we will stay in a characterful local Hostal (guest house). For our night in the Cotopaxi National Park we will stay in a lodge right in the middle of the park, with absolutely stunning views of Cotopaxi. At Chaupi our comfortable lodge is right on the edge of the Illiniza Ecological park and again offers amazing views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. At Quilotoa Lagoon our lodge accommodation will be right on the edge of the lagoon. Our charming hostal in Guamote is run by the Inti Sisa community project, its communal areas are beautifully decorated with pictures of locals, handicraft inspired by and or made by the local community. All accommodation will be on a twin share basis with private facilities. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning on extending your holiday additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Approximately £150-£200 per person (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for tips, soft drinks, snacks and miscellaneous expenses. Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs are additional so you may wish to budget for these. It is possible to use credit and bank cards to withdraw local currency from ATMs in Quito, Banos and other major towns.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you decide levels of tipping and give any tips as a group rather than from individual group members. As a rough guide we suggest that each group member contributing the equivalent £60 to a tipping 'pool' will provide for an adequate level of tips.


Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of a long journey or travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Either a soft duffel bag or luggage with wheels is useful for this holiday. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRANSITING THROUGH THE USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$21 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. You will be required to have a passport with an integrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Cuba, Iran, Syria or North Korea since March 2011* you will have to apply for a visa rather than the Visa Waiver Programme (* a full and up to date list of countries can be found on the US government website here.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

 

Visa Ecuador

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit ZIKV are unlikely to be found above 2,000m altitude. For more information, visit the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk

 

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Ecuador is US Dollars. 

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. You should be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking 4 to 6 hours for consecutive days. Hill walking, with a good amount of ascent and descent, is the best training. Running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. There is little you can do to prepare for the altitude but if you have an excellent level of fitness this can help.

With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the great basin of the Amazon to the east, Ecuador has a complex pattern of weather. In general the eastern highland region receives the most precipitation. In the Central Highlands it is drier though cloud and rain can and do occur at any time during the year. In general the days are warm with temperatures between 12 and 22°C. Evenings can be chilly in the higher towns with the possibility of night-time temperatures dipping below freezing point once above 3500 metres.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

Ecuador. Lonely Planet guidebook
Ecuador. Rough Guides

Ecuador. ITMB 1 ; 700,000

Double-sided map dividing the country north/south with a generous overlap. Relief is depicted by altitude tinting and spot heights for peaks and volcanoes. Glaciers, swamp areas, national parks and reserves are marked. Intermediate driving distances are indicated and further symbols depict places of interest, archaeological sites, thermal baths, beaches, etc. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1° intervals. There is an index of place names and the legend is in English and Spanish.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.


You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2 (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small padlock 

  • Daypack 25 - 30 litres

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment,and insect repellent.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles

  • Training shoes or similar

  • Shorts

  • Gaiters

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear and towel (for thermal pools)

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

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Extensions

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Galapagos Islands Cruise

7 Days
Situated over 600 miles from the mainland of South America, the remote archipelago of the Galapagos Islands needs little introduction. The Galapagos Islands are considered to the crown jewels of the natural world, achieving near mythological status following visits by Charles Darwin. It was on his second visit aboard HMS Beagle in 1835 that Darwin's scientific studies introduced the world to the theory of evolution. The islands teem with life, much of which seem totally unphased and perhaps curious of visitors. Of the thirteen major islands, on five have any form of human habitation. The environmental footprint is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing you, the visitor, a chance to explore the incredible biodiversity of these famous islands untouched by human development.Expect close encounters with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals, turtles and dinasaur-like lizards amongst many, many other examples.
Extension Code: GALP
Sharing Price from
US$5,105
Deposit Per Person from
US$2,400

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Quito any time.

We take an early flight to San Cristobal Island, stopping off for refuelling at Guayaquil. In the afternoon, we board our boat, the Monserrat, and visit Isla Lobos, to be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. We will explore this island on foot and perhaps by panga to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in the waters of Isla Lobos too.

Meals

B L D

We visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. Here we can observe sea lions, marine iguanas and seabirds. In the afternoon we visit the giant tortoise breeding area in the highlands. Later we set sail for Bahia Gardner, a sheltered cove off Espanola Island.

Meals

B L D

Today we visit the magnificent, white sandy beach of Gardner Bay, home to colonies of sea lions and birds. There will be a chance to snorkel the turquoise waters and spot large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-headed parrot fish. We may even be lucky enough to spot white-tipped reef sharks, napping on the bottom! We then visit Punta Suarez, one of the most wildlife-rich landing spots in the Galapagos. Here we can observe many nesting birds including the waved albatross.

Meals

B L D

Upon landing at Punta Cormorant and Floreana Island, we visit the amazing multi-coloured beaches. We observe flamingoes and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Penguins and marine iguanas can also be spotted on the water's edge. We then move on to Champion Islet where we have another chance to snorkel with sea lions and, if we're lucky, turtles and rays. Afterwards, we visit Post Office Bay where we learn all about its unique history. English whaling vessels placed a barrel here in the 18th centuary where it functioned as a rather unusual post office!

Meals

B L D

We disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we can observe many species of tortoise and land iguanas at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre. We learn about the conservation work and scientific research that is undertaken on this remote archipelago. We than catch our flight back to the mainland, and Quito.

Meals

B

Depart anytime.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return Internal flights from Quito to Baltra and associated airport transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Double or twin berth cabin on full board basis (according to itinerary)
  • Cruise on a Tourist Class boat (according to itinerary)
  • Galapagos guide
What's Not Included
  • Galapagos National Park entrance $100 per person ($200 from 1 Aug 2024) payable locally in cash

  • Transit control card $20 per person (must be paid locally in cash)

  • Tips of local staff

  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Reviews

4.4 out of 5 from 5 reviews

First class trip on every level ★★★★★

Ecuador the land of contrasts diverse culture, amazing flowers and fauna (even at high altitudes), contrasting landscapes, altitude and of course volcanoes. The trip provides opportunities to see Ecuador at it's best providing amazing walking, riding the devil's nose train, visiting markets and the opportunity to experience a vast wealth of true Ecuadorean culture at it's best. Our guide was relaxed and a "man of the mountains" who was there for you when you needed him, but never made a fuss. Ou r group was an amazing mix of people from UK and Australia. We bonded quickly and all enjoyed our trip together with lots of "banter" laughter and "serious" games of cards at night! Our accommodation was varied providing a great contrast from city to rural. We stayed in some lovely places. Food beer and wine all very good, although can be quite basic in some places. Snacks provided on the walks and were plentiful. Tips and hints: The weather is Ecuador can be wet and a little on the colder side at times. Bring good waterproofs and change of clothes. Make sure you have dry or "sealskin" socks as you can get wet. Bring a few different changes of casual clothes for the evening - I brought mainly walking clothes "mistake". Walking poles are useful for descents and for walking on shiny slippery volcanic soil the first few days. If you can take a good camera, there are so many amazing "potential" photos which a phone camera just doesn't capture. It is a relatively cheap country so your money tends to go a long way, but take small dollar notes as never any change. A country to be re-visited and without doubt a trip to be recommended on so may levels. "Just do it!"
By Theresa Perth | 31 May 2019

Fantastic experience with great staff and new friends made ★★★★★

Very well organised providing for appropriate acclimatisation before heading over 5000m. So many outstanding experiences: being on the equator, the first sight of Cotopaxi, standing on the glacier, the Devils Nose Ride and the free day when a couple of us went rafting. Absolutely loved it and intend heading back this way sometime next year. Highly recommended!

By Eric Holmfirth | 28 May 2019

Welcoming people & stunning landscapes ★★★★

A fascinating country with welcoming people & stunning landscapes where we saw many humming birds, eagles, owls & condors, an arctic fox, glorious orchids & gentians. A full-on holiday, with a friendly & knowledgeable local guide & an excellent driver. I would have found this information useful before I went: 1) Itinerary – there is no apparent logic or flow to the route or overnight stays, other than possibly saving money for the local agent: a) Much more driving than list ed (albeit in a clean very well driven minibus) e.g. drive 3 hours from Machachi to walk & stay at lodge 1 night. Next day, walk near lodge then drive 3-4 hours back to Machachi. Devil’s Nose Train ride; 2 hours drive to train (fun!) then drive from end station back to starting point then 3.5 hours to Banos. Quilota Lagoon; 3 hours drive to walk then 3.5 hours to Riobamba. b) Drove past the same roundabout in Quito about 6 times on a complicated very long figure of eight over a few days that could have been avoided. c) Keep a dry top/socks separately out of your luggage, to change in to in the minibus, or you may be sitting in wet clothes for a 3-4 hour drive after walking (the guide changed). 2) Be warned, ascent of Volcan Imbabura: a) is the hardest steepest walk when people are not acclimatized to the altitude. b) the current description is incomplete; “scrambling along the remains of the crater rim” is before what our guide described as a 100m vertical climb needing helmets (issued). There is no alternative route & returning is the same way but a group is not allowed to wait at the bottom without a guide or return along the previous route without a guide (likewise if anyone is slightly injured or suffering from altitude). Fortunately it was very cloudy & wet so we all agreed not to attempt the scramble along the rim (that looked doable) or the 100m climb afterwards (sounded outside most of our comfort zones & we couldn’t see it). Glad we retreated as we would otherwise have been clinging to the ridge or the climb in a thunder storm. 3) Machachi - Stoves not lit (request by guide refused) even when there was no other heating & we’d been walking for 2 hours in torrential hail & rain & then driving (still soaking wet) for 3-4 hours to return to Machachi . Most of us resorted to wearing duvet jackets for dinner (amount of food inadequate for some & no extra bread provided). - Unable to drink tap water (teeth cleaning & to aid altitude acclimatisation etc). Most places provided a 500ml bottle of drinking water in the room every day. However Machachi did not & despite staying there 3 nights & our group spending an extra $50+/night on wine & beer ($20 for a bottle of wine, $4 for glass of wine & $5 for small bottle of beer) the owner refused my polite request to fill up a half litre bottle of water, even when that request was repeated by our guide. Therefore I recommend keeping your water bottle full using the minibus supply & buying any alcohol for Machachi from supermarkets. 4) Drinks a) Sometimes drinking water or fruit juice (very nice) is provided free in restaurants with meals, but sometimes it costs $2/bottle or $4/glass & you won’t know in advance. You are allowed to take drinking water into restaurants with you. b) The only tea & coffee provided is at breakfast & all other hot drinks will be charged for. Take a travel kettle if you are a tea or coffee addict. 5) Food a) Most people ate everything in sight & apart from d) no one suffered any ill effects. b) Meals were generally hot & fresh (apart from d) but very little choice & repetitive: salad with rice &/or chips with either chicken or fish (beef a couple of times). We did rebel & request pizza for a change after a week. c) Frequently we ate a full lunch at a restaurant which was nice but very time consuming especially when we then had an afternoon walk or when we’d finished our walk & had a 3-4 hour drive before another cooked evening meal. Sandwiches would have been welcome more often & we did request a swap a couple of times. d) Quito - ‘head out for a celebratory final evening meal’ turned out to be eating microwaved frozen fish (the only time a couple were ill) in the moribund, gloomy corporate hotel dining room (where we stayed) & the service was so slow that we decided to have drinks elsewhere. Not a fitting end to a great holiday.
By Claire Shifnal | 10 April 2019

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are aware that yourself and another vegetarian member of your group were unhappy with the food served to you in restaurants and hotels on your trip, and we are looking to change the meal plan to allow greater individual choice when we stay in cities and larger towns. All the driving times are detailed in the daily itinerary and we follow the most logical route to visit the several different highlights of Ecuador, as can be seen from the map accompanying the tour description. 


Good holiday spoilt by a poor itinerary and horrible food ★★★

I travelled on the 1st ‘Walking the volcanoes of Ecuador’ of the season, please note that March is the wet season so be prepared for rain in the afternoons, however, it is a pleasant temperature to walk in. Overall I’ve rated the holiday as 3 out of 5 and have done so for the following reasons: Accommodation: Quito, 2 nights, 4/ 5 but the hotel is noisy so if you can get a room to the back of the hotel, especially if this is a Saturday as the local disco runs until 2 in the morning. Otaval o, 3 nights, 4/5, nice friendly and quiet hotel. Machachi, 1/5, average establishment but poor service and out of the way, for instance the hostess refused us extra water. Cotopaxi National Park, 5/5, why KE can we not stay longer here? Lovely place, wood burners in the room. Riobamba, good hotel with friendly staff, best breakfasts but not much in the town to see, overall 4.5/5 Banos, wield place but perfectly fine, I bit like staying in some health institution from the Soviet Era, 4/5 The Itinerary, overall 2/5: This was supposed to be new and approved so I dread to think how bad it was before! I was told that Ecuador was a small country so journeys were generally short, this is not the case, we spent many, many hours on the mini bus, zig zagging around the country, it didn’t look efficient. Also please note that there is very little acclimatisation time, having a city tour on day 1 would help and having the more difficult walks towards the end of the holiday would also be helpful but the way the trip is managed at the moment is a rude introduction to Ecuador and made me question the grade of the holiday. The food, overall 1/5: If you are veggie then you may want to bring some emergency supplies as you will not be catered for adequately, in fact on several occasions even the meat eaters had no choice. I appreciate that there will be limited veggie options but I would have liked a choice, I am not a pet Labrador who will eat any vile matter put down in front of it, I am an adult human who has paid out a lot of money for this holiday. Some of the meals were just comical, for example in Riobamba we ate at the appalling Hotel Zeus where I was presented with 5 large empanadas containing some yellow substance plus a large plate of chips and a cheese sandwich, death by beige. Also the last night was a huge disappointment as we ate in the hotel restaurant and had a very poor meal, a meal out at the end of the trip would have been nice. Also please be aware that we only had sandwiches at lunchtime on 2 occasions, on every other occasion the group went to a hotel / restaurant for lunch so we were often eating the same substances at lunchtime that we were in the evening. The pizza evenings were nice as were the breakfasts and pack lunches but everything else was vile. The leader and driver, overall 4/5. Our driver Roman was lovely and our guide Stalin did a good job. Would I recommend this trip then the answer is possibly but please ask about the itinerary and the food before you commit yourself.
By Jeanette Penrith | 01 April 2019

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you found most of the vegetarian food offered by local restaurants and hotels to be horrible. After discussing your preferences with you, your guide did pass on your requirements to each of the places where the group ate. We have taken on board your comments about the itinerary and are pleased that despite your misgivings, you wish to recommend this holiday to others.


Good mix of volcano & crater lake walk and exposure to equatorial culture & land ★★★★★

In a short span of two weeks, we crossed the Equator Line; circuited a few crater lakes (Cuicocha Crater Lake and Quilotoa Crater Lagoon); ascended to 5,000m+ elevations of several volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Ruminahui Central enjoying the view and the “KE level 6” walk; learned something new about the “Equatorial Bulge” while walking in Chimborazo; and had an unexpected encounter of a wild fox in Cotopaxi National Park. We also visited Saquisili market for a first-hand experience of the in digenous culture, people and a super abundance of resources from the rich soil of the equatorial volcanic land. Spending the New Year’s Eve in Banos was a big plus. An icing on the cake was a day trip to Devil’s Cauldron Waterfalls near Banos and zip lining over Rio Pataza Canyon. While Guamote also has a local market (including a livestock market), it was the community school for kids that left more impression on us. There was lots of driving though, as expected. In summary, this KE program is a good mixture of walk of the volcanoes & crater lakes and exposure to the indigenous culture & equatorial land.
By Jin Lisle | 06 February 2019

Traveller Reviews
4.4 out of 5 from 5 reviews

First class trip on every level
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ecuador the land of contrasts diverse culture, amazing flowers and fauna (even at high altitudes), contrasting landscapes, altitude and of course volcanoes. The trip provides opportunities to see Ecuador at it's best providing amazing walking, riding the devil's nose train, visiting markets and the opportunity to experience a vast wealth of true Ecuadorean culture at it's best. Our guide was relaxed and a "man of the mountains" who was there for you when you needed him, but never made a fuss. Ou r group was an amazing mix of people from UK and Australia. We bonded quickly and all enjoyed our trip together with lots of "banter" laughter and "serious" games of cards at night! Our accommodation was varied providing a great contrast from city to rural. We stayed in some lovely places. Food beer and wine all very good, although can be quite basic in some places. Snacks provided on the walks and were plentiful. Tips and hints: The weather is Ecuador can be wet and a little on the colder side at times. Bring good waterproofs and change of clothes. Make sure you have dry or "sealskin" socks as you can get wet. Bring a few different changes of casual clothes for the evening - I brought mainly walking clothes "mistake". Walking poles are useful for descents and for walking on shiny slippery volcanic soil the first few days. If you can take a good camera, there are so many amazing "potential" photos which a phone camera just doesn't capture. It is a relatively cheap country so your money tends to go a long way, but take small dollar notes as never any change. A country to be re-visited and without doubt a trip to be recommended on so may levels. "Just do it!"
By Theresa Perth | 31 May 2019

Fantastic experience with great staff and new friends made
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Very well organised providing for appropriate acclimatisation before heading over 5000m. So many outstanding experiences: being on the equator, the first sight of Cotopaxi, standing on the glacier, the Devils Nose Ride and the free day when a couple of us went rafting. Absolutely loved it and intend heading back this way sometime next year. Highly recommended!

By Eric Holmfirth | 28 May 2019

Welcoming people & stunning landscapes
★ ★ ★ ★
A fascinating country with welcoming people & stunning landscapes where we saw many humming birds, eagles, owls & condors, an arctic fox, glorious orchids & gentians. A full-on holiday, with a friendly & knowledgeable local guide & an excellent driver. I would have found this information useful before I went: 1) Itinerary – there is no apparent logic or flow to the route or overnight stays, other than possibly saving money for the local agent: a) Much more driving than list ed (albeit in a clean very well driven minibus) e.g. drive 3 hours from Machachi to walk & stay at lodge 1 night. Next day, walk near lodge then drive 3-4 hours back to Machachi. Devil’s Nose Train ride; 2 hours drive to train (fun!) then drive from end station back to starting point then 3.5 hours to Banos. Quilota Lagoon; 3 hours drive to walk then 3.5 hours to Riobamba. b) Drove past the same roundabout in Quito about 6 times on a complicated very long figure of eight over a few days that could have been avoided. c) Keep a dry top/socks separately out of your luggage, to change in to in the minibus, or you may be sitting in wet clothes for a 3-4 hour drive after walking (the guide changed). 2) Be warned, ascent of Volcan Imbabura: a) is the hardest steepest walk when people are not acclimatized to the altitude. b) the current description is incomplete; “scrambling along the remains of the crater rim” is before what our guide described as a 100m vertical climb needing helmets (issued). There is no alternative route & returning is the same way but a group is not allowed to wait at the bottom without a guide or return along the previous route without a guide (likewise if anyone is slightly injured or suffering from altitude). Fortunately it was very cloudy & wet so we all agreed not to attempt the scramble along the rim (that looked doable) or the 100m climb afterwards (sounded outside most of our comfort zones & we couldn’t see it). Glad we retreated as we would otherwise have been clinging to the ridge or the climb in a thunder storm. 3) Machachi - Stoves not lit (request by guide refused) even when there was no other heating & we’d been walking for 2 hours in torrential hail & rain & then driving (still soaking wet) for 3-4 hours to return to Machachi . Most of us resorted to wearing duvet jackets for dinner (amount of food inadequate for some & no extra bread provided). - Unable to drink tap water (teeth cleaning & to aid altitude acclimatisation etc). Most places provided a 500ml bottle of drinking water in the room every day. However Machachi did not & despite staying there 3 nights & our group spending an extra $50+/night on wine & beer ($20 for a bottle of wine, $4 for glass of wine & $5 for small bottle of beer) the owner refused my polite request to fill up a half litre bottle of water, even when that request was repeated by our guide. Therefore I recommend keeping your water bottle full using the minibus supply & buying any alcohol for Machachi from supermarkets. 4) Drinks a) Sometimes drinking water or fruit juice (very nice) is provided free in restaurants with meals, but sometimes it costs $2/bottle or $4/glass & you won’t know in advance. You are allowed to take drinking water into restaurants with you. b) The only tea & coffee provided is at breakfast & all other hot drinks will be charged for. Take a travel kettle if you are a tea or coffee addict. 5) Food a) Most people ate everything in sight & apart from d) no one suffered any ill effects. b) Meals were generally hot & fresh (apart from d) but very little choice & repetitive: salad with rice &/or chips with either chicken or fish (beef a couple of times). We did rebel & request pizza for a change after a week. c) Frequently we ate a full lunch at a restaurant which was nice but very time consuming especially when we then had an afternoon walk or when we’d finished our walk & had a 3-4 hour drive before another cooked evening meal. Sandwiches would have been welcome more often & we did request a swap a couple of times. d) Quito - ‘head out for a celebratory final evening meal’ turned out to be eating microwaved frozen fish (the only time a couple were ill) in the moribund, gloomy corporate hotel dining room (where we stayed) & the service was so slow that we decided to have drinks elsewhere. Not a fitting end to a great holiday.
By Claire Shifnal | 10 April 2019

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are aware that yourself and another vegetarian member of your group were unhappy with the food served to you in restaurants and hotels on your trip, and we are looking to change the meal plan to allow greater individual choice when we stay in cities and larger towns. All the driving times are detailed in the daily itinerary and we follow the most logical route to visit the several different highlights of Ecuador, as can be seen from the map accompanying the tour description. 


Good holiday spoilt by a poor itinerary and horrible food
★ ★ ★
I travelled on the 1st ‘Walking the volcanoes of Ecuador’ of the season, please note that March is the wet season so be prepared for rain in the afternoons, however, it is a pleasant temperature to walk in. Overall I’ve rated the holiday as 3 out of 5 and have done so for the following reasons: Accommodation: Quito, 2 nights, 4/ 5 but the hotel is noisy so if you can get a room to the back of the hotel, especially if this is a Saturday as the local disco runs until 2 in the morning. Otaval o, 3 nights, 4/5, nice friendly and quiet hotel. Machachi, 1/5, average establishment but poor service and out of the way, for instance the hostess refused us extra water. Cotopaxi National Park, 5/5, why KE can we not stay longer here? Lovely place, wood burners in the room. Riobamba, good hotel with friendly staff, best breakfasts but not much in the town to see, overall 4.5/5 Banos, wield place but perfectly fine, I bit like staying in some health institution from the Soviet Era, 4/5 The Itinerary, overall 2/5: This was supposed to be new and approved so I dread to think how bad it was before! I was told that Ecuador was a small country so journeys were generally short, this is not the case, we spent many, many hours on the mini bus, zig zagging around the country, it didn’t look efficient. Also please note that there is very little acclimatisation time, having a city tour on day 1 would help and having the more difficult walks towards the end of the holiday would also be helpful but the way the trip is managed at the moment is a rude introduction to Ecuador and made me question the grade of the holiday. The food, overall 1/5: If you are veggie then you may want to bring some emergency supplies as you will not be catered for adequately, in fact on several occasions even the meat eaters had no choice. I appreciate that there will be limited veggie options but I would have liked a choice, I am not a pet Labrador who will eat any vile matter put down in front of it, I am an adult human who has paid out a lot of money for this holiday. Some of the meals were just comical, for example in Riobamba we ate at the appalling Hotel Zeus where I was presented with 5 large empanadas containing some yellow substance plus a large plate of chips and a cheese sandwich, death by beige. Also the last night was a huge disappointment as we ate in the hotel restaurant and had a very poor meal, a meal out at the end of the trip would have been nice. Also please be aware that we only had sandwiches at lunchtime on 2 occasions, on every other occasion the group went to a hotel / restaurant for lunch so we were often eating the same substances at lunchtime that we were in the evening. The pizza evenings were nice as were the breakfasts and pack lunches but everything else was vile. The leader and driver, overall 4/5. Our driver Roman was lovely and our guide Stalin did a good job. Would I recommend this trip then the answer is possibly but please ask about the itinerary and the food before you commit yourself.
By Jeanette Penrith | 01 April 2019

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you found most of the vegetarian food offered by local restaurants and hotels to be horrible. After discussing your preferences with you, your guide did pass on your requirements to each of the places where the group ate. We have taken on board your comments about the itinerary and are pleased that despite your misgivings, you wish to recommend this holiday to others.


Good mix of volcano & crater lake walk and exposure to equatorial culture & land
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
In a short span of two weeks, we crossed the Equator Line; circuited a few crater lakes (Cuicocha Crater Lake and Quilotoa Crater Lagoon); ascended to 5,000m+ elevations of several volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Ruminahui Central enjoying the view and the “KE level 6” walk; learned something new about the “Equatorial Bulge” while walking in Chimborazo; and had an unexpected encounter of a wild fox in Cotopaxi National Park. We also visited Saquisili market for a first-hand experience of the in digenous culture, people and a super abundance of resources from the rich soil of the equatorial volcanic land. Spending the New Year’s Eve in Banos was a big plus. An icing on the cake was a day trip to Devil’s Cauldron Waterfalls near Banos and zip lining over Rio Pataza Canyon. While Guamote also has a local market (including a livestock market), it was the community school for kids that left more impression on us. There was lots of driving though, as expected. In summary, this KE program is a good mixture of walk of the volcanoes & crater lakes and exposure to the indigenous culture & equatorial land.
By Jin Lisle | 06 February 2019

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  • This trip begins on Sat 10 Aug and ends on Fri 23 Aug
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