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Classic Ecuador

Private Travel | Cruises 12 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £4,595 Current prices from: £4,595
Explore the highlights of mainland Ecuador and take a cruise to see the unique wildlife of the Galapagos islands.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Beautiful colonial towns
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Visit local communities
  • Train journey along the Devil's Nose
  • Galapagos cruise
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation

Cuenca

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2272 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 846 846 745 643 643 745 745 643 745
Sunshine hours 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 562 653 873 1034 773 622 422 392 522 803 743 663
Rainy Days 16 17 19 20 18 16 16 16 15 16 14 15
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Galapagos Islands

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2882 2882 2577 2373 2272 2272 2170 2272 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 70 90 90 70 30 20 10 10 10 10 10 30
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Guayaquil

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3391 3391 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3290 3290 3290 3391
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2170 2068 2068 1864 1864 1966 1966 1966 2068
Sunshine hours 3 3 4 5 4 3 2 3 3 2 3 3
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1747 2078 25010 1556 492 131 0 0 10 0 30 241
Rainy Days 16 18 18 12 6 3 2 2 2 3 2 5
Humidity H H VH VH H H M H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2475 2679 2577 2475 2475 2373 2272 2170 2170 2272 2272 2373

Mindo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1457 1457 1457 1355 1355 1355 1457 1355 1457
Sunshine hours 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 4
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 32413 32813 39516 36915 25310 1165 904 643 914 1084 1104 1948
Rainy Days 18 20 23 22 18 11 7 8 14 17 17 18
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Otavalo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 2170 2170 2170 2272 2272 2170 2170 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 948 948 846 745 745 745 846 846 846
Sunshine hours 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 1054 1155 1275 914 452 181 261 592 974 1155 803
Rainy Days 16 17 20 21 18 13 10 9 14 17 18 17
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Quito

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2068 2068 2068 2068 2068 2068 2170 2170 2068 2068 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 337 337 337 439 439 337 337 236 236 337 337 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1215 1436 1586 1747 1285 643 301 381 823 1325 1275 1094
Rainy Days 19 19 22 23 21 14 10 11 15 19 17 18
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Riobamba

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2068 2068 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2170 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 846 948 948 948 948 846 745 745 745 846 846 846
Sunshine hours 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 351 572 713 733 482 442 241 251 462 612 542 422
Rainy Days 14 17 20 19 17 14 10 10 15 14 14 15
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3086 3086 2882 2781 2577 2475 2475 2475 2577 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1864 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1787 1466 1707 1566 793 1064 1155 803 863 673 723 1305
Rainy Days 17 12 8 9 9 13 18 19 19 16 16 13
Humidity M H H H M M L N N L L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2679 2577 2475 2373 2373 2272 2272 2272 2373 2475
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1-2: Fly to Quito via Bogotá

Fly from the UK to Quito via Bogotá, arrive the following morning in Quito (immediate occupancy). (B)

Day 3: Quito

Scenic tour of the old colonial centre of Quito, followed by a visit to the equatorial line monument, ‘Middle of the World’. (It is possible to add in an extra night and stay at a hacienda in the region of Otavalo. This verdant countryside north of Quito is home to a colourful market, San Pablo lake and small surrounding villages where weavers and craftsmen work.) (B)

Day 4: Cotopaxi • Riobamba

Travel south into the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, with its fertile valleys, traditional villages, patchwork fields and soaring volcanic peaks. Explore the Cotopaxi National Park, a habitat for a variety of birds and Andean flora. Continue by road to Riobamba and spend a night at Hacienda Abraspungo or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Ingapirca • Cuenca

Travel by winding and scenic roads to the town of Alausí. Board the train for a journey down the zigzag tracks of the famous Devil’s Nose, a masterpiece of railway engineering. Continue by road through stunning mountainous scenery to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca and finally on to Cuenca. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Santa Lucia. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Cuenca

Full-day tour of Cuenca, Ecuador’s beautiful southern colonial city. Explore the cobble-stoned streets, flower-filled plazas and historic churches. (B, L)

Day 7: Cajas • Guayaquil

Drive via the moorlands of the Cajas National Park, down to the coastal region and the city of Guayaquil. Optional afternoon tour of Guayaquil, including the waterfront and the picturesque historic Barrio Las Peñas. Stay overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. (B)

Day 8: Fly to the Galapagos

Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands for a 3-night cruise on board the Seaman Journey or Beluga. It is also possible to take a 4-, 5- or a 7-night cruise, sailing on an alternative small or medium sized boat. (B, L, D)

Day 9-10: Galapagos

Shared excursions to the islands with a naturalist guide. (B, L, D)

Day 11-12: Fly home via Guayaquil

Fly back to the UK via Guayaquil (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Extensions:

It is possible to extend your time in the Galapagos or the Cotopaxi area.

Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Wyndham Guayaquil
    Wyndham Guayaquil

    The Wyndham Guayaquil is located just steps from the Santa Ana hill and its famous lighthouse, and not far from the river promenade. There are 179 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a heated outdoor pool.

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  • Santa Lucia
    Santa Lucia

    Located in the centre of the picturesque city of Cuenca, the Santa Lucia is a lovingly restored 20-room hotel set in an old mansion. Guest rooms are furnished with dark wood furniture, and all have private bathroom, television, minibar, hair dryer and safe. On the second floor there is a huge private salon with a fireplace for guests to gather around; antiques adorn the hallways and fresh flowers are arranged daily. The airy Trattoria restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine while the cosy Bacus Cafe is very popular for its inexpensive Ecuadorian meals. There is a large enclosed courtyard containing a 100-year-old magnolia tree and beautiful baby palms.

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  • La Casona de la Ronda
    La Casona de la Ronda

    Traditionally a gathering place for artists, writers and poets, the winding street of La Ronda is one of the oldest in Quito. The Casona de la Ronda boutique hotel is located in one of the historical houses on this charming street and offers 22 rooms located around a beautifully remodelled central courtyard. The decor respects the culture and traditional features of the building, while also providing modern comforts such as wireless internet. The hotel offers daily breakfast, a coffee shop and reading room with a fireplace. Its central location allows easy access to restaurants and many of Quito's sights.

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Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices

CLE2020

Guideline Prices

Low season from £4,595 per person

High season from £4,695 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/south-america/ecuador-amp-galapagos/cuenca-surroundings/cuenca
  • Cuenca

    Cuenca Cuenca is tucked away in a southern valley on the site of a once important...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/south-america/ecuador-amp-galapagos/guayaquil/guayaquil
  • Guayaquil

    Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and is the focus of the nation's economy. Its...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/south-america/quito
  • Quito

    Quito is the second highest capital in South America (2,850 metres) and lies in a narrow...

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