For a small country Ecuador has a truly amazing variety of attractions for the adventurous traveller, and a trekking holiday to Ecuador can take many forms.
On the mainland, the country is bisected by the spine of the Andes, including some of the highest peaks in South America and perfect volcanic cones – indeed the main north-south road in Ecuador is called the Avenue of the Volcanoes. If you want a real challenge have a look at the ascent of Cayambe, the ultimate trekking holiday in Ecuador.
Another side of Ecuador is the Galapagos Islands, the remarkable archipelago far into the Pacific Ocean. Exploring the islands and their unique wildlife is usually done by boat. However, the largest island, Isabela, is quite mountainous, an excellent place to combine wildlife viewing with some relatively easy walking.
Ecuador Walking Adventure Holidays
14 DaysfromCAD 9,495
Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)
A unique trek amid the volcanic Galapagos archipelago
Group of 16, with 12/4 f/m split, aged late 40s to late 60s. Trip is accurately rated on the Exodus scale – so some fairly stretching treks mixed with highly enjoyable steep sections. Everybody got round with no significant difficulty. Weather in mid-March was really nice – pretty warm at times by day but mostly ideal, and chilly but nothing more dramatic than that at night even at higher camps. Lovely inclusive group chemistry with non-stop chatter. Food is terrific – really quite something for a field kitchen. Just when the idea of another tagine is becoming a little less inspirational then along comes Berber omelette with chips to die for. In general camp life is a bit cushier than the notes might suggest – toilet obviously pretty basic but you learn to adapt. Tents are snug but no trouble sleeping after days like that. And the final day has an optional hamam visit in Taroudant – do not even consider turning it down – it’s the real thing, and not the flaky tourist version elsewhere. A glorious experience.
I already submitted a review form and won’t add to the comments made there. But I realsied that I wasn’t prompted to say anything about the two hotels we stayed in (or maybe I missed that). These were: Edom Hotel (Wadi Musa / Petra). This was really excellent. Clean, efficient, well-placed and a pleasure to visit. I have no idea why it is only described as “comfortable” rather than being given a deserved 4* rating. The only minor downisde was no bottled water in rooms. Days Inn Hotel Amman. Well, at least the staff are nice and we got bottled water in the rooms! But in other respects it is poor and certainly not deserving of a 4* rating. Everything is tatty, the corridors and rooms – despite being notionally non-smoking – reek of cigarette smoke (this applied to two visits and two different rooms a week apart) and, on our second visit, the bath had not been cleaned – there was a wet pile of hair in the middle of it. I am sure that Amman can do better than this for the same money.