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Highlights

  • Crater lakes, active volcanoes and colourful Andean Villages
  • Day walks in the Cotopaxi National Park and the Antisana Ecological Reserve
  • Hike to the Illiniza Refuge and the Wymper hut on Chimborazo
  • The breathtaking Devil`s Nose Train Ride
More than just a walking holiday, this two week adventure showcases the best of Andean Ecuador's breathtaking natural surroundings, as well as its cultural highlights, as we explore on foot amongst the country's towering volcanoes. We begin with sightseeing Quito before travelling north to explore the area around the charming town of Otavalo, famous for its colourful craft market. From Otavalo we’ll enjoy a series of day walks and visit the San Clemente indigenous community, where we can gain a unique insight into day to day life in rural Ecuador. Our day-hikes will include trekking around Zuleta village, a circuit of the beautiful blue crater lake of Cuicocha and a climb of the viewpoint peak of  Fuya Fuya (4263m). We’ll enjoy an exclusive hike through the Antisana Ecological Reserve; where we can hope to see some of Ecuador’s rarer wildlife, before heading south, where we trek to the top of the active volcano Gagua Pichincha (4794m). Next, we hike to the refuge Illiniza, stunningly located between the twin peaks of Illiniza Norte and Illiniza Sur, and to the ‘Whymper’ refuge (5000m) on Chimborazo. 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 centre of the Earth! A real treat next, as we take a ride on the world famous 'Devil's Nose' train, which drops 1000 metres from Riobamba on the Andean Plateau. A Free day in the utterly charming spa town of Banos, in the shadow of the active volcano, Tungurahua, gives us a chance to recharge our batteries, before we end our holiday with a visit to the Cotopaxi National Park.  This is not just a classic walking holiday, but a superb tour of the highlights of Andean Ecuador; one of the most awe-inspiring natural environments on earth.
Is this holiday for you?
This walking holiday is suitable for regular hill walkers. We will enjoy 7 days of walking during the holiday during which we will make ascents of a number of Ecuador's non-technical volcanoes up to and beyond 4000 metres and we will also hike up to some high mountain refuges. The average walking time on each day's hike is between 5 and 7 hours. These hikes are not particularly strenuous but it should be borne in mind that walking at even moderately high altitudes does make extra demands, and you should aim to have a good level of fitness before embarking on the holiday. We will be walking on a variety of different terrains from local village tracks, along forest roads, through open grassland, and the occasional more rugged slope of scree or loose volcanic material. Between our walks we’ll also enjoy some free time to relax as well as visiting some of the countries most famous towns and sights. In order to see as much as possible of Andean Ecuador, there are several transfers involved in this holiday. However, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries and these transfers are generally both short (1 - 3 hours) and scenic.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A single timed transfer from Quito Airport is provided.
  • Quito City Tour. Visit Mitad del Mundo. Transfer to Otavalo.
  • Short transfer to Zuleta. Trek through villages and cultivated fields towards Volcan Imbabura. Return to Otavalo.
  • Morning visit to Poncho Place market. Afternoon at San Clemente Community Project. Transfer back to Otavalo.
  • Drive to Cuicocha (3246m), trek around the crater lake.
  • Climb Fuya Fuya (4250m). Return to Quito.
  • Ascent of Pichincha (4784m) and transfer to the Chillos Valley.
  • Exclusive hike through the Antisana Ecological Reserve.
  • Walk to the Illiniza Refuge (4750m). Transfer to Riobamba
  • Visit the refuge on Chimborazo (5000m) and return to Riobamba.
  • The Devil's Nose Train Ride. Transfer to Banos.
  • Free day in Banos.
  • Drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. Walk around Limpiopungo Lagoon. Return to Quito.
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Quito Airport is provided.
2016
Sat 01 Oct - Fri 14 Oct Code ECT /05/16/ Adult$2,235 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /05/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 01 Oct and departs on Fri 14 Oct
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - Includes all group hotel nights
Sat 17 Dec - Fri 30 Dec Code ECT /06/16/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /06/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 17 Dec and departs on Fri 30 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - Includes all group hotel nights
2017
Sat 18 Mar - Fri 31 Mar Code ECT /01/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 18 Mar and departs on Fri 31 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
Sat 13 May - Fri 26 May Code ECT /02/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 13 May and departs on Fri 26 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
Sat 22 Jul - Fri 04 Aug Code ECT /03/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 22 Jul and departs on Fri 04 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
Sat 12 Aug - Fri 25 Aug Code ECT /04/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 12 Aug and departs on Fri 25 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
Sat 30 Sep - Fri 13 Oct Code ECT /05/17/ Adult$2,235 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /05/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 30 Sep and departs on Fri 13 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
Sat 16 Dec - Fri 29 Dec Code ECT /06/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /06/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 16 Dec and departs on Fri 29 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
2018
Sat 17 Mar - Fri 30 Mar Code ECT /01/18/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • The departure reference for this tour is ECT /01/18/
  • This tour begins on Sat 17 Mar and departs on Fri 30 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325 - Includes all group hotel nights
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Quito. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Quito airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A single timed transfer from Quito Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A timed airport transfer from Quito Airport is provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal which we will take at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Quito City Tour. Visit Mitad del Mundo. Transfer to Otavalo.

    During breakfast we meet our guide who will brief us on the week ahead. We begin the holiday with a full day of sightseeing today, which begins with a walking tour of the old city of Quito with its imposing government building and elaborately decorated churches dating from the Spanish colonial period. We will also have time to visit to the 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. This imposing monument, constructed in the early nineteen eighties, replaced a smaller similar monument built in 1936 to commemorate the first French Geodesic Mission which established the position of the equatorial line. More modern surveys have discovered the actual position of the line to be a few hundred metres to the north. In the afternoon we drive north along the Pan-american Highway to Otavalo. Drive time: 2hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Short transfer to Zuleta. Trek through villages and cultivated fields towards Volcan Imbabura. Return to Otavalo.

    From our hotel in Otavalo we make the short transfer to the village of Zuleta, where we enjoy a beautiful walk through a patchwork quilt of cultivated fields and aromatic forests of eucalyptus with superb views towards the volcano Imbabura, which gives this region its name. We return to our vehicle return to Otavalo. In the afternoon we'll enjoy a short hike out through the town to visit the small, gnarled tree that is known locally as 'El Lechero', which is believed to have magical healing powers. Drive time: 1hr.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 250m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Morning visit to Poncho Place market. Afternoon at San Clemente Community Project. Transfer back to Otavalo.

    This morning we have some free time to look around the many craft shops at 'Poncho Plaza'. Otavalo is particularly famed 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. In the afternoon we will visit the village of San Clemente where we have a unique experience spending time with local families and participate in community activities. In the afternoon we drive back to Otavalo where we stay overnight.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Cuicocha (3246m), trek around the crater lake.

    After breakfast, we have a short transfer to Cuicocha crater lake (3246m), a dormant volcano with water filled caldera. The lake, which is a stunning azure blue, has two islands in the centre - lava domes from its last major eruption. Now better acclimatised from time at this altitude, we will make a complete circuit of the lake, From here we drive to Peguche and walk on a winding cobblestone path through eucalyptus forest to the 60 foot waterfall fed by the Lago San Pablo. Afterwards we return to the hotel in Otavalo for a fourth night. Drive time: 1hr.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 580m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 580m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Climb Fuya Fuya (4250m). Return to Quito.

    Today we climb the volcano, Fuya Fuya (4250m). From Otavalo we drive for about an hour to Laguna Mojanda, from where our objective is clearly visible. We skirt the lake on a steep and rocky trail to reach the open "paramo" grassland which form the slopes of this long-dead volcano. It will take 2 - 3 hours to reach the summit from where we have views of the volcanoes Cayambe, Cerro Cotacachi and Imbabura. Afterwards we descend to our vehicle and make the return drive to Quito where we check back into the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 4km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 550m

    • Time 3-4hrs trekking

  • Ascent of Pichincha (4784m) and transfer to the Chillos Valley.

    Quito is built on the slopes of the active Volcan Pichincha, which provides an excellent hike with magnificent views over the city. We make an early start to enjoy the clear morning weather. We first drive on a dirt road to around 4000m. This is not a long way but its slow going on rough roads and will take us around 2 hours from leaving the hotel. We then continue on foot to the refuge at 4600m. From here it is a straightforward ascent to reach the rim of Pichincha's smouldering crater. We continue around the rim and up to the summit of Guagua Pichincha (4784m), which offers spectacular views along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes' and across the city. Descending the peak, we drive back to Quito and on to the Chillos Valley, where we check into our hostal accommodation. Drive time: 3.5hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 6 - 7hrs walking

  • Exclusive hike through the Antisana Ecological Reserve.

    This morning we drive to the wild and wonderful Antizana Ecological Reserve, located around the slopes of the stunning Antizana Volcano (5753m), the fourth highest volcano in Ecuador. Here we will enjoy a hike through the reserve with the snow capped volcano dominating the horizon. We'll visit two lagoon lakes (Micacocha and Papallacta) and check out the dramatic glacial terrain of this snow giant. Several species of endangered wildlife can be found here, such as mountain tapir and white fronted spider monkey; if we are exceptionally lucky we might chance to spot something incredible! Returning to our vehicles we drive on to Machachi where we check into our hostal accommodation. Drive time: 3hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 4km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 3 - 4hrs walking

  • Walk to the Illiniza Refuge (4750m). Transfer to Riobamba

    We have little under an hour's drive to the roadhead where the trek begins at Virgen (4020m). From here we ascend to the refuge at 4750m. This 4 hour walk rewards us with splendid views of the '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 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. After our walk we transfer to the town of Riobamba where we check into our hotel. Drive time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 4 - 5hr trekking

  • Visit the refuge on Chimborazo (5000m) and return to Riobamba.

    At 6310 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 centre 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 'Whymper Point' for breathtaking views. Afterwards we return to our vehicles and head back to Riobamba for a second night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 660m

    • Distance 3km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 660m

    • Time 3 - 4hrs walking

  • The Devil's Nose Train Ride. Transfer to Banos.

    Today we travel on the recently reopened 'Devil's Nose' train line, an amazing piece of railway engineering which takes us through some stunning scenery as it descends 1,000 metres down a steep slope on a series of switchbacks. First opened in 1901 and still considered one of the great railway engineering feats of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the line initially ran from Guayaquil on the coast to Quito. We'll ride just part of the distance, but this will include the most incredible Devil's Nose section from Alausi. 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 Baños. 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 bld

  • Free day in Banos.

    We have a full day to enjoy the amenities of this picturesque and laid-back town. Situated in the shadow of smoking Tungurahua, the town is famous for its thermal pools and is also known as 'the Gateway to the Amazon' due to its position, perched on the edge of the Andean plateau. Baños is a very relaxing place just to stroll around or it is possible to hire bikes to explore the surrounding area. There are also various excursions, which can be arranged by your hotel (at extra cost). In the evening we can enjoy some typical Ecuadorian cuisine at a local restaurant.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. Walk around Limpiopungo Lagoon. Return to Quito.

    Leaving Banos we drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. Travelling through the Park we reach the lakes at Limpiopungo and take a walk to a viewpoint for Cotopaxi, the second highest mountain in Ecuador, and the World's highest active volcano which has been erupting since August 2015. Returning to our vehicle we join the Panamerican Highway for approximately 1½ hours back to Quito where we check into our comfortable hotel close to the heart of the new city. We should arrive in time to do a little shopping or to relax at our accommodation before heading out for our final evening meal in Ecuador. Drive time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 4km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Quito Airport is provided.

    Depending on flight times, we have some free time for further independent sight-seeing or last-minute shopping this morning. KE Land Only Package services send after breakfast at the hotel. A single timed transfer to the airport is provided.

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Holiday Information

  • English speaking local leader
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Ecuadorian cuisine is varies across its different regions and includes excellent seafood, potatoes, toasted corn, and 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. Dinner will normally be a set meal taken either in the hotel or in a nearby restaurant, which will be organised by your guide

All meals, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14, are included in the holiday price.
The group will rendezvous at the group hotel in Quito on the evening of day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. A single timed transfer to the group hotel is provided on day 1. This transfer is timed to the arrival of Iberia Airlines' evening flight from Madrid . Clients using the group transfer will be met at the airport by a KE representative. A return group transfer from the hotel to the airport timed to the check-in for the Iberia Airlines' flight to Madrid is also provided on the last day of the holiday. Anyone may use this transfer but LAND ONLY clients must let us know if they will be joining the group transfer. For clients making their own arrangements to get to the group hotel, taxis are available 24 hours a day from outside the arrivals hall. It is approximately 20 miles to the city from the airport and this journey will take around 1 hour due to the heavy taffic. Fares are in the range of $30 - 40. The guide will meet the group during breakfast at the hotel on day 2 of the Land Only itinerary. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
The group will spend 3 nights at a comfortable hotel in central Quito. In Otavalo, the Chillos Valley, Riobamba and Banos we will stay in a variety of characterful, and well located, local Hostals (guest houses), in twin rooms with private facilities. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis and 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. Additional hotel nights in Quito are also available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

This trip will be led by an experienced English-speaking local trekking guide. In addition we use various support staff such as minibus drivers.
We suggest you allow approximately US$300 for miscellaneous expenses. This amount should be sufficient to cover tips to local staff, beer, wine, soft drinks, etc.. It is possible to use credit and bank cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in Quito, Banos and other major towns. If you intend to bring your spending money in the form of cash, you should bring US dollars in small denominations (tens and twenties).

You may wish to tip your guide, driver and other local staff if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole rather than from individual group members. Tipping is entirely voluntary and the exact amount that is appropriate will depend on the group size. We suggest that the group discusses this together and determines a level of tipping that everyone is comfortable with. As a rough guide we suggest that each group member contributing $100-150 to a tipping 'pool' will provide for an adequate level of tips.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that set by your international carrier but we do ask you to limit your luggage to one bag plus a small day pack.

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 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.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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.

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

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • 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

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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Transit via 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$14 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. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

Visa Ecuador

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

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.

Zika

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. 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 symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

The unit of currency in Ecuador is US Dollars. 

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. Regular back-country or hill walking is the best preparation for a holiday of this nature but if this is not possible a weekly exercise regime (e.g. running and swimming) will develop aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

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.

Ecuador. Lonely Planet guidebook
Ecuador. Rough Guides
The Andes – A guide for Climbers
John Biggar Trekking in the Central Andes – Lonely Planet

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.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Galapagos Islands Extension

The Galapagos Islands are said to be the crown jewels of the natural world. These paradise islands have a mythological status following Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals,turtles, dinosaur-like marine and land iguanas are just a few of the species you will encounter. Part of the magic of the Galapagos is getting up close to the wildlife that has lost all fear of man. Please call us for an accurate quote for your departure.

Galapagos Islands Extension

From $2940 per person

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Amazon Rainforest Extension, Ecuador

The Cuyabeno Lodge consists of a series of cabins and communal buildings within a clearing in the rain forest on an island of Cuaybeno Lake. Traditional building materials ensure the lodge is in harmony with its surroundings while solar energy and modern waste disposal make it eco friendly. The lodge provides a comfortable base for wildlife excursions on foot and by motor boat. The key factor is the lodge's location with good access both to the swamp forest and the terra firma forest of the lower Andean slopes, giving the opportunity to see a very wide range of Amazon wildlife. During your stay at the lodge you will go out each day with a guide on foot and by motorboat to view as much of the wildlife as possible. At the lodge there are areas for relaxation and there is safe swimming in the lake.

Amazon Rainforest Extension, Ecuador

From $1025 per person

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