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Galapagos & Andes Multisport Tour
Galapagos & Andes Multisport Tour

It doesn't take a PhD to know that whatever comes to the Galápagos is forever changed. But the Andean highland arts and culture, mountainous landscapes and pre-Inca history have a similar effect. And as you rub shoulders with indigenous Otavaleños, commune with condors, hike along the rim of a volcanic crater, snorkel the famous waters, encounter blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises, and watch the sun drop into the Pacific from your beachside lodge, you'll realize that Ecuador and its islands have done it again. You're forever changed.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time

Please note that due to our flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galápagos Islands, our schedule involves some early-morning departures and a substantial amount of travel time. Our full yet compelling itinerary means we have a lot of ground to cover— rest assured that the time we spend traveling will allow us to experience the incredible variety of culture, wildlife and scenery that the highlands and the Galápagos have to offer.

Days 1-2 Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains  Spend time exploring Poncho Square, the heart of Otavalo's world-famous artisan's market, and visit the studio of master weaver Miguel Andrango Fernando Polanco, grandson of an Ecuadorian president, welcomes us at Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working farm set amid volcano vistas and pre-Inca ruins.

Day 3 Condor Huasi, a center reintroducing endangered condors into the wild  Fuel up with a breakfast of organic tropical fruits, fresh dairy products and mouthwatering pastries - virtually everything on the table is homemade and grown on-site at our hotel Hike to archaelogical sites and along winding roads through the lush pastureland of the Zuleta Valley for new perspectives and breathtaking views  Take a stroll to the embroidery workshops - zuleteña women are renowned for fine needlework. 

Days 4-8 Incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos Islands, an isolated sanctuary with a stunning array of unique plants and animals  With an expert local guide at your side, marvel at blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches, magnificent frigate birds, and lava lizards  Boat and fly from island to island, stopping to kayak, hike, bike and swim  Snorkel through a living aquarium teeming with fluorescent fish and swim alongside sea lions, sea turtles, and even white-tipped reef sharks  Hike through lush Scalesia forest and witness giant tortoises wallowing in mud puddles Late afternoon, kick back at our lodges or stroll in laid-back port towns.


Trip Highlights
  • Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains
  • Bike through small highland villages, where Otavaleño Indians continue centuries-old traditions
  • Condor Huasi, a center that reintroduces Andean condors into the wild
  • Incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos with an expert local guide
  • Snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks
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Casual Inns

Hacienda Cusín (1 night): Located in the Ecuadorian sierra, this restored Andean estate traces its history to 1602, when the land was purchased from the King of Spain.

Hacienda Zuleta (2 nights): Luxuriate at this 4,000-acre working farm and living museum open only to select groups of travelers. Our host is Fernando Polanco, the great-grandson and grandson of former Ecuadorian presidents.

Finch Bay Eco Hotel (2 nights): A beautiful waterfront lodge near the heart of Puerto Ayora.

Iguana Crossing (2 nights): Set on a pristine beach near a habitat for flamingos and marine iguanas. (pool)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 3 1000
Other Otavalo Market Visit and Weaver`s Studio Visit
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 1300 7* 1600 10 1600
3 Walking/Hiking 4 800 6 800
4 Other Puerto Ayora Bay Tour (3hours)
5 Biking 18 1500
Walking/Hiking 4 100
6 Walking/Hiking 3 400
Kayaking Isabela Kayaking (2 hours)
7 Walking/Hiking 3 0
Other Las Tintoreras boating, hiking and snorkeling and wildlife viewing (3 hours)
8 Other Conclusion of the trip
 
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On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 25% dirt and 75% paved).

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 12/20-27 Price: $5998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $630
  • 12/30-1/6 Price: $5998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $630

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 2/8-15 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 3/8-15 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 3/26-4/2 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 4/5-12 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 5/16-23 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 5/31-6/7 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 6/14-21 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 7/12-19 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 7/26-8/2 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 8/9-16 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 9/13-20 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 9/27-10/4 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 10/11-18 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 10/25-11/1 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 12/13-20 Price: $5298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 12/18-25 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 12/27-1/3 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 12/30-1/6 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790
  • 12/31-1/7 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1200 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $790

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $630.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.


Guest Trip Reviews

This trip seemed more like two weeks than eight days; there was so much activity and diversity packed into such a short time. Even with the activity, we had enough downtime to relax each day. It was two very different vacations packed into one.
Diane Whittaker - Salt Lake City, UT

This trip will be memorable as a wonderfully interesting trip to Ecuador, its history, cultures, terrain and the truly lovely people.
Marion Reynolds - Waban, MA

I always feel energized by the trips I take with Backroads. We really made the most of each day and I feel like this trip was an adventure of a lifetime!
Melissa Hehn - Arlington, VA

It was absolutely amazing! Every aspect of the trip was expertly dealt with… We were pampered every step of the way and many times "above and beyond" the call of duty. For me, it was a lifelong dream that came true.
Deb Andriessen - Sioux City, IA

What a great trip! So much to do and see! As many activities every day as you wanted. The trip leaders were so supportive and accommodating!
Lynn K. - Fishers, IN

Fabulous! I took a Backroads trip over ten years ago to the Loire Valley and have been wanting to take another for years. My husband NEVER participated in organized tours but after our experience in Ecuador he asked if Backroads has a trip to Botswana or Alaska! I am delighted that Backroads has maintained its standard of excellence as it has grown over the years.
Caryl Rosner - San Geronimo, CA

I had an AMAZING time on this trip, as I know the other guests did. All in all, the dynamic of the group and our leaders was wonderful. I couldn't help but rave about the trip to colleagues and friends, and even referred a couple of people to Backroads as a result! Trips, groups and leaders like this are what I think Backroads is about and what will inspire me to continue traveling the globe with you.
Jennifer D. - Chicago, IL

I had high expectations and they were exceeded in every respect. The Backroads staff were terrific, the accommodations were excellent and we went to interesting and beautiful places I am sure I would not have visited without Backroads' intimate knowledge of the region. Generally I have not traveled with tour companies or outfitters, but I am a convert. Backroads provided a memorable, authentic and rich experience that would be hard, probably impossible, to create on your own. Excellent!
Chris Kell - Larkspur, CA