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Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
Snorkel
Bike
Kayak

Ecuador's Magical Peaks & Wildlife

From $6,648 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,500 to $1,600 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $595 to $620


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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Ecuador

Start Cotacachi / End Quito

Ecuador and Galapagos Multisport Map

Highlights

  • Hike a caldera rim in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped volcanoes and deep-blue lakes and bike to white-sand beaches
  • Explore small highland villages where indigenous people continue centuries-old traditions
  • Learn alongside an expert local guide during amazingly close encounters with Galápagos wildlife—a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Discover unique species and marine life as you snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and the beloved blue-footed boobies
Ecuador

Start Cotacachi / End Quito

Ecuador and Galapagos Multisport Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hike in the snowcapped Andes 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—local women are renowned for their fine needlework.

Days 4-8 Fly to the Galápagos Islands for incredible up-close wildlife viewing | 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 with fluorescent fish, 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.

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. View cancellation policy.

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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $6,648 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,500 to $1,600 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $595 to $620


Premiere Hotels*

La Mirage Garden Hotel
La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

Cotacachi (1 night)

Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta (2 nights)

Golden Bay Hotel and Spa
Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

San Cristóbal Island (2 nights)

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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

San Cristóbal Island (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

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)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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: There is less than 10% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

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 Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-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 Ecuador 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 Ecuador

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Ecuador, 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 multi-adventure 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 Ecuador that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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 & 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.
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