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Ecuador And The Galapagos Islands

Exploring Andean Ecuador and the Galapagos where on each island we’ll walk with an expert naturalist guide

  • Ecuador

  • 15 nights
  • Half board with seven lunches included
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Wildlife & Nature

  • Oct


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Tour codes: 45400

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This is a Grade 4 holiday which mixes active sightseeing and nature watching with mountain and coastal walks. The climate is cooler in the mountains, warm and humid by the coast. We will always walk at a gentle pace, taking into account the altitude in the mountains and the warmth and humidity on the coast. Quito is at 2850m, whilst this is unlikely to cause serious medical issues it will undoubtedly leave you a little short of breath on arrival. We are well aware of this having operated holidays here for many years. The programme has been tailored to offer a gentle start with time to acclimatise. Walks are accompanied by our RWH Travel tour guide and our Ecuadorian national guide so there is some flexibility in arrangements.


Holiday Highlights

  • Otavalo Market. The best place in Ecuador for indigenous crafts.
  • Quito. The most appealing capital city in Latin America.
  • The Corridor of Volcanoes. Spectacular views surround you.
  • Chimborazo. We reach the highest point on the holiday at 4800m.
  • The Galapagos. More than live up to the hype. A unique wildlife experience.

Imagine an early stroll along the quay in Puerto Ayora, the pelicans and sea lions gathering in hope of some fisherman’s scraps. The sea lions have been known to relax on the sun loungers whilst waiting. Or picture the sun rising across snow covered Chimborazo on the barren altiplano. Unique experiences to be enjoyed with many others on our holiday to Ecuador

Perhaps the most diverse of all our Latin American holidays, this is as good a microcosm of Latin America as you will find. Starting in the Andes at Quito, the most charismatic of capitals; its colonial centre makes it the most attractive of South America’s capital cities. After some time to explore the area and the famous market at Otavalo, you head south along the corridor of volcanoes, walking under Chimborazo (6,263m). You will learn how the summit of Chimborazo is the furthest point on earth from its centre, and observe and learn more of local life visiting homes, markets and communities along the way. Look out for the classic village scene of women in bowler hats and brightly coloured skirts. These clothes are not for show, they are everyday wear for the Andean ladies.

Cuenca is a beautifully preserved colonial city well worth exploring. Continuing from here you walk in the Cajas National Park where at up to 4000m, this lakeland landscape offers impressive views. From Cajas you descend to Guayaquil with time to walk the Malecon, the redeveloped river front.

You fly to Baltra Island, a small island of the Galapagos where after lunch we continue to Puerto Ayora with time to relax and explore. Next day you travel by boat to Floreana Island to enjoy the wildlife an the relaxed lifestyle. You continue to Isabella Island to enjoy some great walking through volcanic terrain, visit a turtle interpretation centre and hopefully encounter a myriad of diverse Galapagos wildlife.

Returning to Puerto Ayora you can enjoy our last night on the islands. On each island, you’ll walk with an expert naturalist guide to make sure you get plenty of exercise whilst enjoying the huge natural diversity of each island for which the Galapagos are world famous, including sightings of Sea Iguanas and Blue Footed Boobies. 

You fly back to Quito for a final night and some sightseeing before flight back to the UK.

  • Flights from London to Quito and return with en-route stops both ways
  • Internal flights Guayaquil to Baltra and Baltra to Quito
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
  • Dinners taken at the hotels or at local restaurants
  • Seven lunches
  • English speaking local guide throughout
  • All transport to complete the itinerary
  • Water to Go bottle allowing you to reduce your plastic waste.
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1





We fly to Quito with a stop en-route. On arrival in Quito Airport we transfer to our centrally located hotel for dinner and overnight. Quito is at 2,850m so we need to take things a little easy on the first night. It gets noticeably cooler when the sun sets at altitude.

Transfer Time = 1hr

Day 2



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Driving north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” Province, we enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayllabamba valley. We cross the Equator at Cayambe, where on a clear day, it is possible to admire majestic snow-capped mountains. Cayambe summit is the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses. Here it is an ideal spot to try famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese, a tradition of this region not to be missed. At the foot of Imbabura Mountain we can enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador's largest lake - San Pablo. 

Afterwards, we will visit a local community where we’ll learn about their ancestral knowledge and the indigenous Kichwa people. 

Later, it will be time to visit the famous Otavalo Indigenous Market, the biggest in South America. Here is where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings such as the famous ponchos, among other textiles like rugs, mittens, and scarves. Otavalo is probably the best place on the tour to purchase handicrafts. After a busy day we return to Quito to spend the night.

Day 3



Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We will start our day traveling through the highlands south of Quito, the “Volcanoes’ Avenue”. During the journey, we can enjoy the marvellous view of the Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. But first, we will visit a local market in this region, in order to understand the local culture and even experience some haggling, while being able to taste some of the local flavours that Ecuador has to offer. After this introduction to the local culture, we will drive along the Pan-American Highway towards the Cotopaxi Volcano which stands at 5,897m (19,347 ft). Once we are here, we continue along a dirt road through pine forest to arrive at Limpiopungo lake, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800m. From this site, we can have a magnificent view of the impressive volcano.  Ecuador is world renowned for its roses, its geography and the climate conditions in the region have led to 500 species of beautiful flowers being found here.  We will visit a rose plantation and gaining more insight into how and why roses thrive here and learning a bit more about the exportation process.  Later in the afternoon, we will make our way to our hotel to spend the night in this magical area.

Day 4



Breakfast, & Dinner


  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today, we will be heading towards one of Ecuador’s most famous natural wonders; the Quilotoa Crater Lake. Located approximately 2 hours away from Cotopaxi, this beautiful lake is a unique spot with its emerald green water and tranquil paramo setting. We will enjoy a great hike going around the crater’s lip. Later this afternoon we continue south towards Riobamba to spend the night.

Day 5



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After breakfast we head to Chimborazo (6310m). We will be able to go by coach up to 4800m where we can stop briefly. This is the highest point we intend to reach on this holiday. On descending we will visit Balbanera Church constructed in 1534, one of the earliest samples of colonial architecture of South America and the first Catholic Church in Ecuador. We continue to Alausi Station, once there, you will learn about the history of the "Train of the Devil's Nose". In the evening we reach Cuenca.

Day 6



Breakfast & Dinner


Today our city tour begins the Cuenca’s Historic Centre. We will visit the San Sebastian church, and its picturesque and traditional neighbourhood of Cuenca, the Modern Art Museum, where the famous International Biennial of Painting takes place permanently, the Calderon Park, the Flower Plaza, the “Del Carmen” church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, best known as the “New Cathedral”. There is also a visit to the “El Sagrario,” Cathedral. Afterwards, we will visit “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, where you can observe the elaboration process of the city’s finest hats. The route continues with the visit to the “El Barranco del río Tomebamba,” which constitutes a communion between architecture and the natural environment. We will finish at the “Mirador de Turi” (scenic viewpoint) where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and church domes is framed by imposing mountains.

Day 7



Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    1.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


In the morning, we continue south, to the Cajas National Park. We visit the high part of the park approximately 4,000m to enjoy a short walk with outstanding views of the lakes and mountains in the park. Later we continue down from the mountains to Guayaquil, where we will have a panoramic tour of the city traversing the city’s main October 9th Avenue and ending on Guayaquil’s Malecon 2000.  We are down at sea level at Guayaquil. You will notice it is considerably warmer down here.

Day 8

Puerto Ayora


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


After an early breakfast, we transfer to Guayaquil Airport for our flight to the enchanted Galapagos Islands. On arrival at Baltra airport we have to complete some formalities before being transported by shuttle to the Itabaca Channel, and, after a short ferry ride, you will arrive on Santa Cruz Island. Once on Santa Cruz, we journey across the island into the highlands. In the highland area, we’ll make a stop at one of the ranches where we will have the chance to have lunch surrounded by the archipelago’s iconic giant tortoise species, which are easily observable in the area. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to visit, and walk through, a tunnel formed by lava flows after a volcanic eruption. Later on, we will have time to visit the Santa Cruz Brewery, a small business that produces local artisanal draft beers. We have time to learn about the brewing process and taste some of the beers before continuing the journey to Puerto Ayora, where we have the rest of the day off for leisure. 

Day 9

Floreana Island


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


This morning, after breakfast we will have a short visit to the Charles Darwin Station. The centre is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is the Tortoise Breeding Centre, where it is possible to view tortoises of different shapes and sizes. Later we will head to Puerto Ayora pier where we’ll take our private speed boat to Floreana Island; this ride will take 2hr 30mins approx. The boat will take a maximum of about 20 passengers. Boarding and moving around will require a reasonable level of mobility. You will see a photo in the holiday gallery of the type of boats used. They have cabins inside and space outside as you prefer.

Floreana has, arguably, the most interesting human history of all of the Galapagos Islands. Arriving on the island, we’ll visit a local farm where we can learn more about people’s way of life on the island. We’ll visit a lagoon where it is possible to observe frigate birds and we’ll also have the opportunity to feed the farm animals and harvest vegetables. We will enjoy lunch prepared with the produce harvested from the farm. Later, we’ll continue with our next visit, the “Asilo de la Paz” in the Highlands as well as a Tortoise Breeding Center. Finally we arrive at our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Isabela Island


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Today, after breakfast, we will begin our excursion to “La Loberia”, a sea Lion breeding area. We’ll start our first marine excursion in the bright turquoise water where we might be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays and a variety of colourful reef fish. After lunch, we’ll take our speed boat to Isabela Island; this ride will take us 2hr30 minutes approx. Arriving on Isabela, we’ll have a leisurely free afternoon.

Day 11

Isabella Island


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After having breakfast, we’ll have a short ride to the Isabela Breeding Center, where we’ll learn more about the efforts taken to preserve and promote the reproduction of some of the Giant Tortoise species found in the Galapagos. Later on, we will continue through a mangrove path that connects with a series of lagoons where flamingos rest and feed. This walk is ideal for understanding Galapagos’ biodiversity, and how local species have adapted to the Enchanted Islands’ harsh conditions. This afternoon, we will visit the Tintoreras Islets located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. The turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and sea lions. It’s also one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Once we reach the Tintoreras islets, we’ll get to know many of these species. As well as the biodiversity, this area of the island has a very rugged volcanic landscape, which changes as you travel to each island.

Day 12

Puerto Ayora


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today, we’ll visit the iconic Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second widest crater of any active volcano on Earth (10 km approx.); but first, we’ll drive along the highlands of Isabela towards the entrance checkpoint of the crater. We will hike approximately 2 km (1.24 mi) up to the first lookout point of the volcano, where we’ll have time to enjoy a snack while we catch our breath and take in the panoramic views. After our rest, we will continue our hike until reaching Sierra Negra’s furthest lookout point. Later on, we’ll return to Puerto Villamil, to have lunch and then board our private speedboat, and continue our journey back to Santa Cruz Island. Once we arrive at Puerto Ayora, we will be free to have a look around this iconic town for the last night on the Enchanted Islands.  

Day 13



Breakfast & Dinner


After breakfast, we transfer back to the Baltra airport to take the flight to Quito. We will be picked up in Quito’s International airport and transferred to our hotel to spend the night. 

Day 14

In flight


Breakfast & Lunch

After breakfast we begin with a tour of Quito`s downtown, one of the biggest and best-preserved colonial centres in South America. Our first point we will be the Independence Square or “Plaza Grande”, followed by a visit to the iconic La Compañia de Jesus church, which dates to the 17th century and is considered one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America. Also, other must see highlights are: The San Francisco Church and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century.  After our visit to Quito’s historic district, we will continue our journey and drive 30 km (18.6 mi) north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World, where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres, we will visit the correct location of the equator line at the Inti Ñan Museum. Our final meal of the holiday will be an included lunch before we transfer to the airport for our flight home. 

Day 15

We arrive back in the Uk.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Oct 2024 - 22nd Oct 2024 (15 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flights from Heathrow to Quito and return with an en-route stop both ways
  • Internal flights Guayaquil to Baltra and Baltra to Quito.
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Grand Mercure Alameda Real or similar

The fully refurbished Hotel Mercure Alameda, offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with free Wi-Fi throughout. They offer hairdryers safe and toiletries.  The hotel has a hot tub and spa.

Hacienda La Cienega or similar

La Cienega is one of the oldest colonial haciendas in Ecuador, with more than 400 years of antiquity. Located near the slopes of the majestic Cotopaxi volcano and its National Park, this mansion has been the scene of important events in the country's scientific and social history. Rooms all have heaters, some have fire places.  Bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers. The hotel has free Wi-Fi.

Hacienda Abraspungo or similar

Located in Riobamba, Hacienda Abraspungo is a rustic-style house with elegant colonial décor and rooms with free Wi-Fi. It enjoys Spanish galleries that overlook the garden. The elegant rooms feature garden views, a flat-screen cable TV and a private bathroom with hairdryers and free toiletries. The restaurant offers regional and international dishes.

Hotel San Juan or similar

Hotel San Juan is a refurbished Colonial-style mansion in central Cuenca. With sculpted wood details, upholstered chairs and Spanish galleries. The hotel is styled with elegant décor. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars and private bathrooms with hairdryers and free toiletries. Wi-Fi is free. A full American breakfast with juices, fruits and eggs can be enjoyed daily.

Wyndham Guayaquil Puerto Santa Ana or similar

The modern Wyndham Guayaquil, Puerto Santa Ana offers rooms with free WiFi and plasma TVs. The comfortable rooms enjoy panoramic windows, heating, air conditioning and private bathrooms with hairdryers and free toiletries. The hotel features a swimming pool and a fitness centre,

Hotel Palo Santo or similar

Situated in Puerto Ayora, less than 1 km from Tortuga Bay, Palo Santo Galápagos Hotel features rooms with garden views and free WiFi. All rooms at the hotel have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, Blu-ray player, a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Continental and American breakfast options are available each morning.

Hotel Santa Maria or similar

Located in Floreana, Hostal Santa Maria features a garden, terrace, bar, and free WIFI. Simple rooms offer a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries. The Hostal offers a continental breakfast.

Hotel Iguana Crossing or similar

Iguana Crossing is a new and innovative hotel. Its minimalist design and pleasant service offer guests a enjoyable experience on this scarcely populated island. The hotel is located in between Isabela's extensive white sand beaches and directly behind a wildlife-filled lagoon. It offers an oceanfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and fully equipped rooms. Hairdryers are available at the front desk.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 4 holiday which mixes active sightseeing and nature watching with mountain and coastal walks. The climate is cooler in the mountains, warm and humid by the coast. We will always walk at a gentle pace, taking into account the altitude in the mountains and the warmth and humidity on the coast. Quito is at 2850m, whilst this is unlikely to cause serious medical issues it will undoubtedly leave you a little short of breath on arrival. We are well aware of this having operated holidays here for many years. The programme has been tailored to offer a gentle start with time to acclimatise. Walks are accompanied by our RWH Travel tour guide and our Ecuadorian national guide so there is some flexibility in arrangements.

Walks & Excursions


Get closer to nature with holidays that veer on the wild side of life.

From safaris in Africa, to sea lion spotting on the Galápagos Islands and visits through tropical rainforests alive with bird song and frog chorus; we share our planet with some of the world’s most magnificent animals. Who wouldn’t want to see elephants trumpeting, lion’s prowling and buffalo’s bathing around the waterholes of the African plains?

Without being designated as specialist wildlife holidays intended specifically for wildlife enthusiasts, these holidays will appeal to the traveller who likes to see wild birds, mammals and reptiles up close in their natural environment. Some holidays will have naturalist guides, others will simply be escorted by non-specialist tour leaders with an interest in the natural world. 

The Galapagos are probably the most famous and influential wildlife destination in the world. They inspired Charles Darwin to create perhaps the most important book anybody has ever written. His 'Origin of Species' outlined the theory of evolution. His experiences with wildlife on Galapagos inspired his train of thought. Perhaps they will inspire you to similar creative heights!

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Ecuador

The currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. The Ecuadorians mint their own coins but all notes are standard American bills. ATMs dispense US Dollars.


In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the program for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Heathrow to Quito and return on Iberia, with a change of aircraft in Madrid.

Travel within Ecuador is by road, rail, and boat. Please note that the road system in Ecuador is not maintained to the same standard found in Europe, and occasionally detours or delays may occur due to blockages or road works.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information for Ecuador

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry; this is a strict legal requirement from the Ecuadorean government. Without this minimum validity entry to the country will be denied. British Citizens do not require a visa to enter Ecuador. On arrival in Ecuador you will be issued with a stamp that allows stays of up to 90 days.


The holiday is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners provided in hotels or local restaurants. Meals commence with dinner on Day 1.  Lunch is included on 7 days including alunch on our final day in Ecuador before we fly home..  The food is generally very good quality with potatoes, beans and rice predominant in the mountains and fish common on the coast and in the Galapagos.  Vegetarians are generally well catered for but some patience at mealtimes may be required.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. (Supplies in some places can be at 220V).
More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

There are all manner of guides available covering Ecuador. Most notable are the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet.

Evolutionists might care to read the definitive text, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin and another excellent book covering Ecuador is The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

High Altitude

Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m. 

Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Extra Insurance

The Ecuadorian government have recently updated immigration requirements for travellers arriving in Ecuador. Any person entering the country must be able to show they have full medical insurance cover for the duration of the stay.

The Ecuadorian Government reserves the right to refuse entry to anybody unable to produce the correct documentation.

To avoid any confusion or delay at immigration we recommend you have full insurance policy details available for inspection at immigration rather than just a cover note.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritize the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.


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  • Time Difference

    UTC -05:00, UTC -06:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 123mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 154mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 167mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 141mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 63mm

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