Explore the untamed and diverse landscape of Ecuador in this nature-focused tour of the country's South
Beyond the Galapagos Islands and beaches that most travellers associate with Ecuador is a land of breathtaking mountain ranges and colourful communities that live in their foothills. Run your hands over the rugged edges of Ecuador in this tour, exploring the dense forests and eden-esque valleys that comprise some of the most beautiful vistas in all of the Americas. This trip offers the opportunity to explore the essential spots, from the charming montane town of Cuenca to the lush and laid-back Vilcabamba.
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The ingenious design of medieval fortress town Cuenca sees beautiful buildings built into the jagged cliffs the city is built on
Walk through the dense and mist-laden elfin forest of Podocarpus National Park, where high-elevation results in miniature, moss covered trees
Barter over brightly coloured handwoven textiles at the Otavalo market, nestled in a valley under three mountain peaks
This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
This trip involves a lot of walking, though not much of it is overly strenuous. The trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness but there are also a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Southern Ecuador Highlights trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.