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Galápagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour

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Snorkel
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Ecuador's Magical Peaks & Wildlife

From $6,698 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,600 to $2,270 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $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 incredible 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
  • Bike to white-sand beaches and explore small highland villages where indigenous people continue centuries-old traditions
  • Learn from an expert local guide during close encounters with Galápagos wildlife—a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Discover unique species while snorkeling and kayaking among tropical fish, sea lions, sea turtles and 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, a charming Andean town renowned for its 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 verdant meadows, forested slopes and pre-Inca ruins.

Day 3 Check out Condor Huasi, where endangered condors are reintroduced into the wild | For new perspectives and breathtaking views, hike along winding roads through the Zuleta Valley's lush pastureland to discover ancient archaeological sites | Visit Zuleta's embroidery shop—local women are celebrated 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.

Please note: Beginning July 22, 2018, Ecuador requires all visitors to provide proof of health insurance covering the duration of their stay in Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands. To meet this requirement, we recommend you have proof of travel insurance that includes medical coverage throughout your time in Ecuador. Please contact your Trip Consultant with any questions.

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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; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. 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.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $6,899 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,699 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $6,698 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,600 to $2,270 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $620


Casual & Premiere Hotels*

La Mirage Garden Hotel
La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

Cotacachi (1 night)

Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island (2 nights)

* Casual+
Golden Bay Hotel and Spa
Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

San Cristóbal 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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Casual & 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 hotel, which combines Ecuadorian and European styles. (pool, spa)

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

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.

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island (2 nights)
* Casual+

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

Golden Bay Hotel and Spa

Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

San Cristóbal Island (2 nights)

This eco-friendly hotel features 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)

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 2 100
Walking/Hiking 3 300
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 700
Walking/Hiking 7 800
Other Weaver's Studio Visit (1 Hour)
Other Women's Community Center Visit (45 Minutes)
3 Walking/Hiking 2* 100 4* 1100
Walking/Hiking 4 100 5 1100
Other Afternoon Hiking, Embroidery Shop Visit or Optional Horseback Riding (1–2 Hours)
4 Other Giant Tortoise Walk (1.5 Hours)
5 Biking 9* 400
Biking 14 500
Other Coffee & Sugarcane Farm Visit (1 Hour)
Other Tortuga Bay Kayaking & Snorkeling (1 Hour)
6 Walking/Hiking 1 100
Other La Lobería Walk & Snorkeling (2.5 Hours)
7 Walking/Hiking 2 300
Other Snorkeling Day Tour on San Cristóbal Island (5 Hours)
8 Other Trip End Flight from the 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

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.

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)

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, Internal Flight & 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. We will be flying on commercial flights with Avianca or LATAM Airlines aboard twin-jet planes. 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 hotels and restaurants can lack a sense of urgency when compared with other regions. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak up 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 park's environmental protection regulations, hikers must hike in designated areas and be accompanied by our local naturalist.

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

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.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Ecuador with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

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.

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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Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour

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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, Internal Flight & 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. We will be flying on commercial flights with Avianca or LATAM Airlines aboard twin-jet planes. 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 hotels and restaurants can lack a sense of urgency when compared with other regions. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak up 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 park's environmental protection regulations, hikers must hike in designated areas and be accompanied by our local naturalist.
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