Andes to Amazon

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Trip code: 
AAX
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Natural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

The best of mainland Ecuador: wildlife, jungles, volcanoes and the coast

Stunning Andean scenery, colonial architecture, fascinating Indian markets and verdant cloud forests are just the start. Follow the Avenue of the Volcanoes with great views of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, before boarding the 'Devil's Nose' train to switchback down the western Andean slopes. In the Amazon Rainforest we discover the jungle and its incredible biodiversity, before ending at the Pacific coast to discover the mangroves by boat and visit a cacao plantation.

Highlights

  • Visit colonial Quito, the Otavalo Indian market and Cuenca's UNESCO Heritage Reserve
  • Overnight in the peaceful Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Two nights to soak up the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Ride the famous 'Devil's Nose' train
  • Visit the ruins of Ingapirca and Cajas National Park
  • Take a mangrove boat trip by the Pacific Coast and visit a Cacao plantation

Key information

  • 11 nights comfortable hotels, haciendas and lodge and 2 nights standard lodge
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Several areas visited are at high altitude
  • Travel by minibus, train and boat

What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport arrival transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Quito

    The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening and clients will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients can make use of our free airport transfer to the start hotel today - please read the joining information for more details.

    Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Quito city tour; Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.

    This morning's short walking tour of Quito is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. The heart of old Quito is a colonial masterpiece and the capital is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Leaving Quito behind we drive towards the North-Western slopes of the Andes where Bellavista Cloud Forest is located. Situated at the top of the Tandayapa Valley, Bellavista is a private reserve bursting with orchids, bromeliads, toucans, tanagers and hummingbirds. The area is a paradise for naturalists with a vast network of hiking trails, some of which lead to waterfalls.

    Accommodation: Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge, Septimo Paraiso (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Spot birds in Bellavista; to hacienda.

    An early start this morning to appreciate the diversity of Bellavista and spot some of its many bird species. The reserve has previously won awards for its high bird count - there are 20 different species of Hummingbird to look for! Following this morning's excursion we drive north towards Ibarra, located just to the south of the beautiful hacienda that will be our home for the next few nights.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    San Clemente Indigenous Community; optional hot springs.

    After breakfast we travel towards the foothills of the extinct volcano Imbabura (2,900m) where the indigenous community of San Clemente is located. The community consists of a number of local families whose main livelihood comes from farming and agriculture. We have a guided tour by one of the families, who will introduce us to a number of native and medicinal plants, explain traditional embroidery techniques and show us the day to day activities that take place within the community. A typical lunch will be prepared using locally grown produce. This afternoon we drive back to our hacienda with an optional visit to the hot springs of Chachimbiro.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Pantavi (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Walk at Cuicocha Crater Lake; visit Cotacachi.

    Drive to Cuicocha Crater Lake at approximately 3000m. This beautiful caldera (volcanic crater) is about 2 miles/3km wide and was formed over 3000 years ago by a massive volcanic explosion. We take a scenic walk part way along the lake (up to 3 hours duration) to take in the impressive scenery, before continuing our journey to Cotacachi, the perfect place to get a feel for small town life in Ecuador. The Cotacachi settlement resides below a volcano amidst verdant pastures and consists of cobblestone streets, a UNESCO developed market and some beautiful colonial buildings. A short drive brings us to San Pablo, where we stay overnight.

    Accommodation: My Sachaji Wellness Hotel (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit Otavalo Indian Market; to Amazon Rainforest.

    A short journey brings us to Otavalo this morning, situated in a valley at 2250m the town is well known for its bustling Indian Market. There are hundreds of stalls and many locals wearing traditional colourful clothes - a fantastic introduction to Andean life and a good place to pick up some souvenirs. We have some time to soak up the atmosphere before continuing our journey and driving over the dramatic (and breathless at 4064m!) Papallacta Pass, to the east of Quito. Antisana Volcano stands proud and snowcapped at 5758m and we drive around its flanks before the descent into the Amazon Basin to our rainforest lodge. After a short briefing we take a night walk to discover our new surroundings - there are fantastic night time sounds to listen out for, a wonderful experience amidst the humidity of the rainforest.

    Accommodation: Liana Lodge (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rainforest exploration; Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre.

    Discover the vast Amazonian basin by canoe and on foot. The incredible biodiversity of the rainforest environment will be explained by our indigenous guide, who will explain the most interesting and medicinal plants. There is a good chance of seeing kingfisher, parrot, oropendula and other bird species. Squirrel and Capuchin monkeys are seen in this area, although other larger mammals are considerably more shy and harder to spot. The insect life is also fascinating, with beautiful butterflies flashing by and army ants and leaf-cutters on patrol. Visit the Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre where we can see some of the forest's larger inhabitants such as Tapir, Capibara, Pecari and various species of monkey.

    Accommodation: Liana Lodge (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Banos; visit Devil's Couldron waterfall.

    Begin the wonderfully scenic drive west along the 'Road of the Waterfalls' with spectacular views of the upper Amazon Basin and the Andes towering above. The climb back to the highlands is mesmerising as we watch the ecology change and the many waterfalls cascade from the high peaks into the lush valley of the Pastaza River. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including a stop at the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) waterfall. We pass through Banos, a picturesque spa and pilgrim town adjacent to the 5000m high volcano of Tungurahua. There is some time to explore Banos before we drive to our hacienda in Patate. As the Tungurahua Volcano is currently in an active phase we follow Foreign Office Advice regarding its volcanic activities and if necessary we will partake in activities nearer to our hacienda.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Leito (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Walk in Chimborazo N.P.; to Riobamba.

    Drive to the region of Chimborazo for a short walk (around one hour) in Chimborazo National Park, located at approx. 4600m. Due to the equatorial bulge the summit of Chimborazo is the furthest place from the centre of the earth! In the national park there are good possibilities to observe vicuñas, a relative of the llama. This afternoon our journey continues towards Riobamba where we stay overnight.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    'Devil's Nose' train ride; to Ingapirca and Cuenca.

    Today involves a colourful train ride across the Andes through the steep and spectacular 'Nariz del Diablo' or 'Devil's Nose'. If the weather is clear, we can see volcanoes as we chug slowly down a steep series of switchbacks with impressive drops. Afterwards visit the incredible Inca Fortress at Ingapirca, Ecuador's principal ruin from the great Peruvian civilisation. The Inca Empire stretched along the Andes north through Ecuador into Colombia and south through Peru and deep into Chile. Ingapirca has fine examples of their famed brickwork as well as a solar observatory. We descend from the higlands to beautiful, colonial Cuenca where we stay for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Half day city tour of Cuenca.

    Like Quito's old centre, Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a charming place to explore. A guided tour this morning takes in the remarkably intact old town, where many artisans have taken up residence amidst the narrow colonial streets and famous landmarks. The afternoon is free to discover the town at your own leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia, Hotel Victoria, Hotel Carvallo (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Walk in Cajas N.P.; to Los Chorreras.

    A short drive this morning brings us to Cajas National Park, otherwise known as the 'Gateway to the Snowy Mountains' in local Quichua. This is a stunning area of lofty peaks, lagoons, lakes and rivers amidst pristine paramo vegetation. During a walk of around 2 hours it's possible to see Condor and Giant Hummingbird amongst 125 other bird species. We stay in a hotel close to Cajas National Park for our last night in the Andean Highlands before we descend towards the coast.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Dos Chorreras (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Mangrove boat trip; visit cacao plantation.

    Today we visit Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve where we take a boat excursion through the incredible mangrove forest. This important eco-system has both Red and Black mangrove species and provides opportunities for seeing a number of aquatic birds and other wildlife along the many small river inlets. In the afternoon we visit a Cacao plantation to learn about the production of one of Ecuador's biggest exports. After this we travel to Guayaquil, the main port town in Ecuador, for our final evening together.

    Accommodaton: Grand Hotel Guayaquil (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 14

    Depart Guayaquil.

    The trip comes to an end today after breakfast and it's time to bid Ecuador and the rest of the group goodbye. Free transfers to Guayquil airport are available to all clients today. Those on group flights will fly this evening and arrive in the UK the following day.

  • Day 15

Essential Info

Visas

Ecuador

British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy.
Please note that if flying via the US (even as a transit passenger) you must clear US immigration. Most UK citizens are eligible for visa-free travel, but you must register on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which costs USD14 and is valid for two years. Please go to http://www.exodus.co.uk/USvisa for more information.

Vaccinations

Ecuador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you will spend any time in the Amazon Rainforest we recommend a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that your certificate of vaccination may be inspected on arrival to this region. Malaria is also a risk in some areas of the country (including the Amazon Rainforest) so we suggest you consult a Doctor for more advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐ date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style with toast, cereal, eggs, fruits and tea/coffee all available. For lunch and dinner, the tour leader will recommend various options in convenient locations, usually booking restaurants and eating with the group. Vegetarians can be catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Weather

In Quito and the highlands it should be warm by day and generally dry. Maximum daytime temperatures are almost constant throughout the year at 20ºC, nights 8ºC. Some rain can be expected in February to May and October to November but storms, though heavy, are generally short. Quito and in general the highlands, are considered to have quite a pleasant climate, although the evenings can be chilly. In the jungle regions it will be hot with high humidity. There is always a possibility of rain at any time, but not to the extent of spoiling your enjoyment. The driest time in the jungle (in terms of rainfall levels, not number of rainy days) is October to January. On the coast at Guayaquil, the climate is tropical. Between December and April, it is sunny, hot and humid, with daytime temperatures often reaching the mid 30s. As the Humboldt Current moves north, the city tends to be cloudier and cooler between May and November, but temperatures rarely dip below 29ºC.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 2: Leisurely/Moderate

It will appeal to those interested in the astonishing variety of mainland Ecuador - Spanish and Inca history, Paramo highland, mangrove systems, rainforest, cloud forest and volcanoes. It is a busy trip, taking in a huge amount of scenery, flora, fauna and history in two weeks. Many of the areas visited on the trip are at high altitude and some short walks (normally one to three hours) are planned. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip.

Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

11 nights comfortable hotels, haciendas and lodge and 2 nights standard lodge, all en suite.

Accommodation on this holiday is a real highlight as we stay in a mix of country haciendas (Spanish colonial estate houses), hotels and lodges. The haciendas offer a real retreat with welcoming staff and beautiful surroundings, whether surrounded by gardens or nestled in the mountains. Staying in the jungle is likely to be a memorable experience, our thatched bungalows nestled in the forest and only reachable by boat. Optional single supplement available, see dates and prices.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Robert Harris
    A wonderful introduction to a hugely diverse country in terms of people, culture, nature and landscape. We came expecting a developing country and found a first-world one with a wealth of natural resources.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The diversity of the flora was amazing - particularly ferns and the general greenness of the diverse topography. The constantly changing landscape and ecology that the trip itinerary presented was quite breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo Molveda was one of the best tour leaders we have experienced in nearly 20 years of travelling in small groups. He was patient, humorous, knowledgeable, kind and inspired confidence - the perfect guide to a new country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Despite your grading of leisurely/moderate we found the trip relatively full-on compared with others we have experienced. Whilst we were happy with the pace of the trip, others may find it a little strenuous with respect to activities and the amount of travelling/moving on between hotels and the relative lack of free time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The driver (Mauricio) was probably the best we have encountered and everyone felt supremely safe in his hands.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Sheila Oliver
    This was an amazing journey through all the different regions of Ecuador. We started in Quito, went to the cloud forest, through hot springs, markets in Otavalo, to the jungle, up to Chimbarazo - the point nearest the sun, to the lovely city of Cuenca up to the high plains of Cajas national park, back to the mangroves and dry tropical forest. Our guide and driver were amazing, the food was lovely and I would not believe it was possible to fit so much into two weeks. It was not for the feint hearted - we had very long days of travelling and went up and down in terms of altitude and temperature. Perhaps some shorter drives and longer time in the lovely places we stayed would have made it a bit more like a holiday! Not sure how it could be changed though.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Can't pick out one? I loved traveling down river in the jungle and the Mangroves, and being up in the Cajas National Park. Cuenca was a lovely city and joining in the Mardi Gras celebrations as we went along made the trip very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was excellent. He was very good at including everyone and dealing with various illnesses suffered by the group. He had heaps of local knowledge.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Keep luggage to a minimum. Lots of outdoor wear clothes which protect from sun and insects. Make sure you are fit for the walks which are quite hard, and be prepared for very long journeys.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only that cutting out one or two activities or stays may have made it more relaxing. Personally the jungle activities were my least favourite although I enjoyed staying in the lodge.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Thomas Parry
    Excellent, varied trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a hoatzin.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eddie was first class, full of enthusiasm and knowledge and a really nice man

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare to enjoy yourselves.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Excellent hotels, esp in Cuenca.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Nick Yorston
    If it's variety you're after, in one country, with no worries about getting around, this is the trip to choose. Every day brings something different, whether at fairly high altitude in the snowy peaks of Chimborazo National Park or the sultry heat of the Amazon basin. Breathtaking scenery between the destinations, coupled with stops in quaint market towns en route, mean the travelling is never hard work. The local people you meet and perhaps buy goods from are also friendly and welcoming.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to choose, but probably the time in the Amazon basin. The different types of wildlife seen during the day compared to on the night time walk, the reduced use of electricity thanks to candlelit rooms at the lodge, and the work being done at the nearby wildlife rescue centre to educate people as to the importance of all the species, meant a wonderful couple of days. The 'tubing' on the river was great fun too!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo was friendly and informative in a very relaxed manner, without ever going into so much detail that you'd switch off from what he was saying. He organised things well so that the odd longer day on the day bus was broken up sufficiently with breaks along the way, and he knew of decent places to stop for lunch. He was always ready to get our extremely reliable driver, Nelson, to pull over for the countless photo opportunities en route.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Remember that you'll be going to a couple of places at higher altitudes, where it could be very cold, so you might want to take a warm hat and gloves to go with the extra layers of clothing you'll want on those days. Heed your guides advice when it comes to trying to avoid altitude sickness, as until you're at those heights, you don't realise what an effect it can have.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You can eat and drink remarkably cheaply in a lot of places, and the standard of food always seemed to be very acceptable. Like in any country be aware of your surroundings, especially in the bigger cities, although I never felt uneasy anywhere on this trip. Have plenty of space on the memory card in your camera...
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Anne Grabham
    This was one of my best ever trips. Ecuador is a beautiful country with many different kinds of scenery, interesting cities, fabulous bird life, fascinating indigenous people, colourful markets and much more.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Impossible to pick just one! Our whole time in the jungle was great but practising with a blowpipe certainly has to be high up on the list. Also walking down Chimborazo volcano at 4,800m in the snow just 24 hours later was pretty special. Making chocolate on a farm, from caco bean to a hot drink, was really good fun and the boat trip in the mangroves at the coast was amazing - we saw so many beautiful birds. Oh yes, and the hummingbirds in the cloud forest....I could go on for ever!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo is a great tour leader. He is friendly, great fun and very informative. It is clear that he loves his country and he is passionate about Ecuador's wildlife and people. He was very much part of the group, interested in finding out about us as well as answering all our endless questions about Ecuador. He always made sure everything ran smoothly and quickly sorted out any little problems that occurred. He made a great holiday very special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some warm clothes! Within a 24 hour period we went from steaming in the jungle to freezing near the top of a snow-capped volcano! Waterproof trousers are a good way of keeping your legs warm and a hat and gloves are a good idea. Don't forget a swimming costume for tubing in the jungle and the hot springs elsewhere.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All in all this is a trip for those who want a slice of all that mainland Ecuador has to offer. It's a busy two weeks with perhaps not long enough in each place, but Ecuador has so much variety with so many different landscapes and this trip will offer you a taste of everything.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Sibylle Von Hornhardt
    Every day a new world in Ecuador. Each day showeda different face of the country, Rainforest, busy Towns, Wildlife, Farmlife and much more

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the walk at Chimborazo National Park. The barren landscape was like beeing in another world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo was great. He knew history, biology and much mor of his country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks at high places get very cold, don´t forget gloves. Moskito repellents on clothes is useful. Yoe dant´t need a Moskito Net.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All Hotels ans Haciendas were so beautifull that we all liked to stay longer than one or two nights.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Gurcan Sarisoy
    Ecuador is definitely worth to discover, it's natural beauty is absolutely fantastic! Unique geographical location is giving a chance to experience different climate zones, eco systems and even to reach the highest point on the planet (Chimborazo mountain). The journey over all was even better than we expected: very knowledgeable and professional guide, great accommodations, delicious food, wonderful hiking routes and other activities. It is very adventurous and full of excitement trip, where you can enjoy wildlife, visit historical sites, meet local indigenous people and learn about their customs and traditions. It deserves every single penny we paid, we enjoyed this tour a lot and looking forward for opportunity to come again!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Among the highlights of this trip are climbing Chimborazo mountain, walking in Amazon jungles and meeting local community San Clemente.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader (Eddy) is very professional, speaks very good English, has very deep knowledge about the country: history, geography, wildlife etc. Also he performed good communication and diplomatic skills responding immediately to different requirements and needs of all group members. Good person and high-level professional, who really loves his country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure to take strong mosquitos repellents, sun cream, proper travel clothes for hot and cold climate, hiking boots and good cameras of course, there a lot of photo opportunities. If you love active and adventurous holiday Ecuador is right place to go!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All accommodations and trips were great, only cocoa plantation visit was not well organised: very poor lunch, dirty area (no water in toilet), the hostess speaks good English but doesn't have good performance skills including the way she was dressed up etc. This part should be improved. Also driving in Ecuador is generally very dangerous and our driver was good but needed to be asked to follow traffic rules and be more careful.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Julia Gale
    This was an excellent introduction to this very diverse country, including different landscapes, culture and wildlife.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many highlights, including seeing a variety of birds and wildlife in both the cloud forest and the Amazon basin, visiting local markets and learning about indigenous communities. The walks at Cuicocha and Cajas National Park were both excellent (and we were lucky with the weather!).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fabian was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Service in some hotels / restaurants in Ecuador can be variable and he quickly resolved any difficulties when these arose.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent. Pack layers of clothing as the temperatures across the trip vary greatly. If you are taking dollars, make sure they are in small denominations, as changing $50 dollar notes is very difficult.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really enjoyed this trip and would not hesitate to recommend it.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Jackson Sue
    Ecuador is an amazing place to visit with a diverse geography. It means every day of a two week holiday is varied and interesting. With our great guide and driver we managed to go from nearly 5000m to sea level with lots of other scenery and activities along the way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Chimborazo and being the highest I've ever been in the world (with my feet still on the ground!) Seeing and hearing Mt Tungurahua volcano erupting ..... Wow!! Swimming in the Amazon basin

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo was a brilliant leader - full of knowledge and enthusiasm for his country which he shared with the group at lots of opportunities.... now, how high was that mountain?! He was fun, very patient and with an easy manner had the group well organised... "Be prepared for anything" !! Pablo helped make a great trip special and memorable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared! Bring many different layers of clothing from swimsuit to hat, gloves and raincoat. Stronger sunscreen than normally use Long trousers and long sleeves still may be needed even when weather very hot All hotels had good wifi Iberia airlines not great

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy a fab holiday
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Joan Yule
    Great 2 weeks trip round Ecuador seeing of the many facets of the country. It has so much to offer in terms of views, volcanoes, wildlife, walking etc. Can't recommend it enough

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Volcán Tungurahua erupt! Wow! Fantastic view of it at night from our hotel Also being on the top of the world at Volcán Chimborazo!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo had the patience of a saint & a fab sense of humour. Excellent english. Always enthusiatic & passionate about his country (he wants everyone to retire there!)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for very fierce sunshine even on cloudy days - take sunblock & long sleeves Make sure you take hat, gloves, warm layers for visiting Chimborazo & Cajas NP

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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