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Galápagos & Andes Multisport Adventure Tour

 
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Culture & Wildlife in Ecuador's Islands & Highlands

  • Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains
  • Explore small highland villages where indigenous people continue centuries-old traditions
  • Visit Condor Huasi, a center that reintroduces Andean condors into the wild
  • Join an expert local guide for incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos
  • Bike to white-sand beaches, where you can snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks

As you delve into pre-Inca history, rub shoulders with Andean indigenous peoples, commune with condors, hike a volcano's rim, snorkel with sea lions, and encounter blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises, you'll realize that something has happened. You've been forever changed by Ecuador's amazing Andes and islands.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains, and trace the orchid-lined caldera rim around deep-blue Laguna de Cuicocha  Wander through Cotacachi's colonial streets, renowned for their leather goods  Visit with master weavers and see their age-old techniques as you stroll through their studio  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 Check out Condor Huasi, a center reintroducing endangered condors into the wild  For new perspectives and breathtaking views, hike to archaeological sites and along winding roads through the Zuleta Valley's lush pastureland Visit Zuleta's embroidery shop showcasing a collection of the local women's renowned needlework and crafts. 

Days 4-8 Get set for 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 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 rich Scalesia forests and witness giant tortoises wallowing in mud puddles Late afternoon, kick back at our lodges or stroll in laid-back port towns.

I swam with Penguins. More wildlife that you know what to do with.
Grant - Canmore, Alberta

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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 & Comfort

Please note that there is an ample amount of travel time on this trip, and we may have earlier mornings than you are used to on Backroads trips—including as early as 4 a.m.—due to our flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galápagos Islands. Note that while the roads in the Andean Highlands are safe, they are not high speed motorways. Once in the Galápagos, the main form of travel is by boat, so be prepared for occasional wet, windy conditions and bring seasickness medication if you think you'll need it. Also, in summer months the waters can be a bit rougher.

Itinerary Changes

The Galápagos Islands are a welcoming and fascinating place, yet complex and at times logistically challenging due to national park regulations. Mid-trip itinerary changes are quite common. Rest assured, if we encounter changes to our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy.

Service Standards

Although the Galápagos Islands are part of Ecuador, they can feel worlds away from the mainland, including slow or no internet connectivity and ATMs possibly running out of cash. Service at inns and restaurants can lack a sense of urgency when compared with other regions. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the island way of life.

Terrain & Trail Support

Some hikes on this trip are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vehicles along the route. Significant trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Hiking on Your Own

We provide plenty of hiking options and ample trail support so that you can hike at your chosen pace throughout the trip. However, in the Galápagos, in accordance with the national parks' environmental protection regulations, hikers need to be accompanied by our local naturalist and hike in designated areas.
$6,398 - $6,898
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(+$1,500 to $1,600 for sgl. occ.)
Internal air:
$595 to $620


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Premiere Inns*

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La Mirage Garden Hotel

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

Cotacachi (1 night)

Peacocks stroll freely in the lavish gardens of this stately inn, which combines Ecuadorian and European styles. (pool, spa)

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

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.

Golden Bay Hotel and Spa

Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

* Casual Inn
San Cristóbal Island (2 nights)

This lovely eco-friendly hotel combines a modern touch that blends with its natural setting. Access Playa de Oro beach or enjoy the view from the hot tub on the panoramic terrace. (pool, spa)

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island (2 nights)

Designed to complement its lush highlands surroundings, this serene hotel features a natural lava tube on its grounds. (pool)

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

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.

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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 3 200
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 1300
Walking/Hiking 7 1300
Other Weaver's Studio Visit (1 Hour)
Other Women's Community Center Visit (30 Minutes)
3 Walking/Hiking 3* 100 5 100
Walking/Hiking 4* 800 6 800
Other Afternoon Hiking, Embroidery Shop Visit or Optional Horseback Riding
4 Other La Lobería Walking & Snorkeling (3 Hours)
5 Other San Cristóbal Snorkeling (6 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 2 300 6 500
Walking/Hiking 4* 500
Other Tortuga Bay Kayaking & Snorkeling (2.5 Hours)
7 Biking 14 500
Other Giant Tortoise Walk (1.5 Hours)
8 Other Trip End Flight from Baltra, Galápagos, to Quito
 

Note: 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 10% dirt and 90% paved).

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Galápagos and the Andes

If It's Good Enough for El Presidente...

Thanks to our 17-year relationship with Hacienda Zuleta, the renowned retreat that was once home to two of Ecuador's presidents, you're welcomed as family and invited to explore all of the spectacular property. Hike panoramic trails (created just for our guests) and savor a chef-made lunch served amid 11th-century ruins. And visit a learning center devoted to protecting the Andean condor, built by the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation in partnership with Backroads.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We Invented the Multisport Trip

After 30 years of creating Backroads Multisport Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Galápagos and the Andes trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

The Best Leaders in Galápagos and the Andes

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Galápagos and the Andes, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multisport trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Galápagos and the Andes that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,098 pp dbl occ

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