Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland and Peru's highlights on this two-week trip. Start in Quito to tour the UNESCO-designated city center, then head to the Amazon for cultural experiences with the Kichwa indigenous community, wildlife viewing, and a peaceful rainforest atmosphere. Return to Quito by way of Cotopaxi National Park, home to the eponymous volcano. Then, catch a flight to Lima—the urban hub of Peru. End the trip with a visit to Cusco's pre-Inca ruins and a tour of the Sacred Valley and imperial Machu Picchu residence.
Since 1991, the EcoAndes Travel team have crafted great tours and real experiences in South America for visitors from all around the world to enjoy. With a passion for nature, sustainability, history and our culture, we have developed our main destinations consciously and with boldness in trying out new journeys to challenge your dreams. Our small group style of travel ensures you will be travelling as close to real life as possible, with great guides and with the locals.
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Spend two weeks exploring mountainous landscapes in a country that's equally famous for its volcanoes and rainforest. From Quito's colonial city center to the high-elevation hacienda refuge on Cotopaxi, you'll trek through historic sites and stunning nature. Spot rare Andean condors, haggle for goods at a mountain market, summit volcanoes, and more.
Ecuador is famous for its snow-capped volcanoes and UNESCO historic sites, and you'll get to visit both on this 7-day itinerary. In Quito, visit colonial churches, stand on both hemispheres at the Middle of the World, and hike the nearby Ruco Pichincha Volcano. You'll also hike the Pasochoa Volcano, admire the scenery in Cotopaxi, and browse for gifts at mountain markets.
If you want to experience the best that Ecuador has to offer but don't have time to wander far, this 5-day trip is full of adventures. Explore Quito—the site of the equatorial line, historic downtown, and ethnographic museums—then head out of the city to stretch your legs on the hiking trails. You'll hike on two nearby volcanoes, look for rare wildlife, and breathe in the fresh Andes mountain air.
This eight-day itinerary is perfect for travelers hoping to see Ecuador's most notable national parks and explore the country's most populous cities. You'll begin your trip with a free day in the capital of Quito before heading off to hike the Quilotoa and Cotopaxi Volcanoes and explore Ecuador's gateway to the Amazon. Then, make a stop at Mount Chimborazo, take a scenic train ride through the Andes, and take a walking tour of the historic port city of Guayaquil.
See the highlights of Quito and the Galapagos Islands on this short itinerary. Start out in the city, touring the capital and its surrounding region to experience local history and culture. You'll see colonial architecture, visit an indigenous market, and try traditional cuisine. From here, catch a short flight to the Galapagos Islands. These famed islands provided Charles Darwin with the research and inspiration for his Theory of Evolution, and boast endemic species such as the blue-footed booby, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises.
Recent Trip Reviews for EcoAndes Travel
Ecuador was an amazing trip in the midst of a pandemic... · Ecuador - Dec 31 - Jan 9, 2021
Ecuador was an amazing trip in the midst of a pandemic and an uncertain time within the world. It was a much needed vacation, and not one time did we feel unsafe or at risk due to covid. Extra precautions were taken, and everything went off without a hitch. From volcanoes, to hiking, to city experiences, Amazon adventures and more, there is nothing I would change about our trip.
"Fresh Eddie" our tour guide was one of the highlights for us! He graciously accepted our nickname given to him... read more
Outstanding trip to the Galapagos · Galapagos Islands - Mar 1 - Mar 6, 2020
Thank you Edwin for organizing the perfect experience in the Galapagos for us. Our guide Karla was the best! She was knowledgeable about all aspects of the island and very sensitive to our needs. We had a great time and would highly recommend Karla as a guide!
Extremely Organized and Professional Company · Ecuador - Feb 2 - Feb 16, 2020
I have never used a travel agency to plan a vacation before, so initially, I was a little nervous. However, it turned out to be a fantastic experience from the beginning to the end. Edwin helped me plan my trip and was very responsive and flexible. He was easy to communicate with friendly and professional. While the booking and planning part when well, I still wasn't sure how it would be when I got there. Waiting for me at the airport was my pickup and local guide, Dario. Dario was extremely... read more
We had an amazing experience using Kimkim for...Ecuador · Ecuador - Jan 8 - Jan 19, 2020
We had an amazing experience using Kimkim for the first time.
Our booking agent Gabor was extremely helpful, responsive and had some great recommendations for us. When we had to change our travel arrangements due to disruption in the country he was able to accommodate our additional requirements as well.
Our first guide Roko was fantastic- from the moment he collected us at the airport until 8 days later when he dropped us off at Cuenca airport. Roko made every effort to ensure we had a... read more
layers of outsourced operators with poor customer experience · Ecuador - Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2020
Was surprised that the whole tour right from kimkim is 100% outsourced to someone else with no accountability to customer experience. Found out the operator is a freelance for a tour operator to kimkim. All the time, whole tour operator was focused to fulfill his obligation with zero flexibility. Their non availability during weekends made it worse. Since this is my first tour experience thru kimkim and having always leveraged TripAdvisor and Viator, most of my trip could have been achieved... read more
Memorable Family Christmas Trip in Galapagos · Galapagos Islands - Dec 21 - Dec 28, 2019
My family just came back from our Christmas trip to Galapagos and it was wonderful. Since I booked the trip too late (even it was 6 months ahead), I couldn't find a cruise that would fit our schedules. So I turned to my old friend Kimkim. They once again did a good job arranging our 8 day trip among the three islands. The whole trip went smoothly and we were in good hands at each step, all the tours and guides we had were very good as well. We will never forget the experience of swimming... read more
Great guides, amazing experiences! · Ecuador - Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2019
Our guide, Patricio, was among the best parts of the trip. A native with 22 years experience as a guide, Patricio took time to ask specifically how we would like to be guided, and what we would like to do. That meant our experience was tailored to our specific expectations and abilities. Old town Quito, Cotapaxi, Qiletoa, and Banos were all unique experiences not to be missed. Although the Galapagos portion of the itinerary featured several guides, each were experts who provided deep insight... read more
Ecuador was amazing but don’t hike during electrical storm · Ecuador - Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2019
Pedro was great and shared lots of interesting facts. He was very accommodating with some of the changes we made at the beginning of the journey. He picked us up at the airport and then the next morning arrived to take us to Otovalo and the leather town and a good place to eat On the way back we stopped to buy roses on the side of the road. What a treat. On Monday, Santiago was on time to pick us up. His car was also very clean and he was interesting to talk to. We drove to the Cotopaxi park... read more
Land based adventure · Galapagos Islands - Jul 20 - Jul 27, 2019
We had a most memorable trip. From our conversations via message with Edwin, who answered all my queries, to Karla who met us at the airport and then guided us through her Galapagos. Her passion and knowledge for the Islands was evident and she was patient in explaining all the different flora and fauna. She was so accommodating with me when we had to do the 3x 3 hour boat trips as I can get sea sick and also helped out a complete stranger who was really sick on one of the trips. We enjoyed... read more
Ecuador getaway · Ecuador - Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2019
Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations. Ecuador was a perfect destination for a week’s trip—so much to see, beautiful, charming old cities, spectacular and diverse landscapes, perfect weather. Safe, friendly, and you get a lot for your money.
Gabor was so kind and thorough in working with me to plan the trip. Every day of the trip brought new delights. The itinerary and the accommodations were all perfect. I was especially grateful that after 3 attempts to take the trip he... read more
Trip to Galapagos Islands with Amy & Jeanne · Galapagos Islands - Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2019
Bob and I truly enjoyed our time on the Yacht Anahi. The staff was warm and very helpful. Any request was immediately attended.
Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. We were surprised to find that it was bigger than the hotel room we had in Quito! We had all of the amenities and then some! Couldn’t have been happier.
Our guide, Gallo, was extremely knowledgeable, organized, efficient and funny 😄. He was informative on all aspects of the Galapagos - flora, fauna, birds, reptiles,... read more
Fun for all family vacation · Ecuador - Apr 11 - Apr 21, 2019
Our planing with Edwin the trip adviser was very good. communication was flowing and his follow up on our demands were excellent.
Our guide Daniel Maldonado was amazing. from the moment he picked us up at the airport through the walks in the jungles and at the restaurants and hotels on the way. He was very resourceful. spoke fluently English and was a charm.
Also our driver Ceasar was very helpful. with our long distance drives and sometimes into the night because of change in plans. Was there on time, helping with the luggage and watching over us at all times.
Trip to Ecuador · Ecuador - Mar 30 - Apr 14, 2019
Had the most wonderful time. Patricio and our driver did a marvelous job in taking care of us. Everything was catered for and this is not the last time I book with kimkim. Indonesia is next...
Trip to Ecuador · Ecuador - Mar 30 - Apr 14, 2019
I would like to thank you all for the help in organizing this amazing trip.
Everything was perfect. The local agency you have used EcoAndes has been wonderful and took great care of us. The driver and guide they have assigned were great and we indeed had the best time. Definitively we will recommend your service to friends and family.
Again many thanks and to next year for a new adventure.
Trip to Galapagos Islands · Galapagos Islands - Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2019
There were some slight variances from the descriptions but some were lacking while others were above and beyond expectations! Fernando was so great we felt as though we were leaving a friend after out short stay in Quito. Richard in Galápagos was very knowledgeable and clearly proud of all that he has learned. The day tours in Galápagos are not really as described although we enjoyed them thoroughly. I suggest contacting the excursion companies and request updated information.
When I look... read more
Great Honeymoon Ideas for Ecuador · Ecuador - Jan 4 - Jan 17, 2019
David and Gabor where great in helping us plan our honeymoon in Ecuador, modifying our activities and adjusting everything to perfection! They also spent about half a day with us in Quito, showing us around the Old Town. Highlightsip included the great Yacuma lodge in the Amazon with our amazing guide Yacu, our ascension to the 1st refuge on mount Chimborazo and a great day trip to Isla de la Plata. We wanted adventure, and we got it!
Best of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 7 Days · Ecuador - Jan 4 - Jan 14, 2019
Our overall trip experience was great. Our guide (Fernando Fabre) was the best we have had in our many prior privately guided trips throughout the world. Our accommodations were good to excellent and met our expectations for the price we paid. Our local specialist Gabor provided us with excellent trip planning and coordination services; and we will definitely be using Kim Kim for our future world travels.
Amazing amazon · Ecuador - Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2018
The whole trip was amazing. Gabor and his team, especially the tour guide Danny were excellent
Exploring, Hiking and adventure · Ecuador - Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2018
Gabor was very flexible and patient with numerous changes to our itinerary. He uses fabulous guides and booked wonderful lodges. His expertise was invaluable in making our trip to Ecuador (Galapagos and Amazon) fantastic!!!
A Special Thanks to Diana (our assign local guide) she did the extra miles for us ensuring that all small details were met along the way.
I would strongly recommend KimKim !!
Steve and Christine.
Now time to start a new project, here comes Africa!
Ecuador, with Galapagos and Amazon · Ecuador - Jun 14 - Jun 28, 2018
An amazing trip! We had two great guides that showed us a lot. Dario was out first guide through Quito, the Highlands, and the jungle. He was very knowledgeable! Ivan was our guide in the Galapogos. He certainly knew his birds.
Best of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 7 Days · Ecuador - Jun 15 - Jun 22, 2018
Joaquin Andino- very good guide with a en general culture. Someone who can be steongly recommended.
Pablo, a responsible and dedicated person. Simply adorable.
ecuador fill in · Ecuador - Apr 17 - Apr 29, 2018
Patricio was an excellent guide, caring, intelligent, always interested in making our trip a better experience, taking us to places that he thought of as we went along, if Susie Astec and truly an asset to your team. His driver Hugo was excellent and always helpful and smiling and respect full. He even made a special trip when my brother-in-law left his camera on the bus, Patricio Is an asset to your company, and go board did a great job Putting a beautiful package together. We will... read more
Trip to Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 24 - Jan 7, 2018
Great trip! Gabor was extremely communicative and receptive and helpful in planning the Honeymoon of our dreams. There was a portion of time when some other man, Rune, was helping us, and he was awful.
On our end, we should have asked more questions about how long each car ride was going to be - we are not really car people and should have anticipated that getting around would take a while.
Our guide, Dario, was fantastic. He always arrived on time. He knew the answers to most, if not all,... read more
Quito area · Ecuador - Dec 30 - Dec 30, 2017
Very knowledgeable and helpful!
Quito, Ecuador · Ecuador - Dec 3 - Dec 4, 2017
I was very happy with KimKim helping to arrange a city tour and then specialized weaving tour for me in Quito , Ecuador.
Eccador volcanoes · Ecuador - Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2017
Guide, transport and tours were excellent. Accommodation was not on good in couple of places.
Quito to Cuenca · Ecuador - Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2017
Amazing tour, so fantastic. Lucky with the weather too. The guide (Dario) showed us new things we were not aware of from our pre trip research too. Highly recommend Dario / Gabor.
Lots of communication - great.
Quito, Amazon & Galapagos · Ecuador - Sep 29 - Oct 12, 2017
This trip far outlived my expectations. It was amazing!
Gabor put together the perfect itinerary for me. I told him I had 2 weeks and wanted to see as much of Ecuador and Galápagos Islands as I could in that time. He made sure I did!
Quito to Iquitos · Ecuador - Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017
Gabor was very helpful and tolerated our many questions and changes to the itinerary including a change of flight times at short notice, He called us during our trip to check that everything was OK.
Evening in Quito · Ecuador - Jul 4 - Jul 4, 2017
Driver was awesome. Great tour of Quito, saw and did everything I wanted!
Gabor is great!
Ecuador with Brayden · Ecuador - May 16 - May 27, 2017
KimKim did a great job customizing the trip for my son and I. I couldn't have put a trip like this together myself. It was more than I was promised and I highly recommend their services. Thanks again
Gabor did a great job coordinating all aspects of this trip!
Family vacation · Ecuador - Mar 8 - Mar 18, 2017
David was responsive, friendly and helped with his expertise of travel and the country. I felt like he completely understood the needs of my family and what it took to make our trip the best ever. He answered every single question I had and helped to make our trip even more memorable with his suggestions of where to stay, eat, and what areas of Ecuador we should see. He helped to make sure every little detail was thought of and taken care of. I didn't have to worry about anything. I would plan every trip I had with David.. he was great!
Quito & Surroundings Exploration · Ecuador - Jan 7 - Jan 15, 2017
I've had the best travel experience with kimkim ever. The trip was extremely well planned and thoughtful, I'd definitely recommend this trip to everyone.
David, our local specialist, took great care of us and the attention to details were impeccable. I felt very safe and taken care of the entire trip.