SOUTHERN ECUADOR HIGHLIGHTS

Run your hands over the rugged edges of Ecuador, exploring dense forests and some of the most beautiful vistas in all of the Americas.

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EXPLORE THE DIVERSITY OF ECUADOR'S SOUTHERN LANDSCAPE ON THIS NATURE-FOCUSED ADVENTURE

Beyond the Galapagos Islands and beaches that most travellers associate with Ecuador is a land of breathtaking mountain ranges and colourful communities that live in their foothills. Run your hands over the rugged edges of Ecuador in this tour, exploring the dense forests and eden-esque valleys that comprise some of the most beautiful vistas in all of the Americas. This trip offers the opportunity to explore the essential spots, from the charming montane town of Cuenca to the lush and laid-back Vilcabamba.

START: Guayaquil, Ecuador
FINISH: Quito, Ecuador
STYLE: Original
THEME: Explorer
TOUR CODE: GGSH
PHYSICAL RATING: 3/5
MINIMUM AGE: 16
GROUP SIZE: Min 1, Max 16

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS TRIP

The ingenious design of medieval fortress town Cuenca sees beautiful buildings built into the jagged cliffs the city is built on.

Walk through the dense and mist-laden elfin forest of Podocarpus National Park, where high-elevation results in miniature, moss covered trees.

Barter over brightly coloured handwoven textiles at the Otavalo market, nestled in a valley under three mountain peaks.

From

$ 1,415 USD

p/person in a twin share room

*Prices may vary depending on seasonality*

ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL

Intrepid Travel is one of the largest and most sustainable tour operators in the world, carrying over 100,000 travellers across over 100 countries each year. Responsible travel is at the core of their business, ensuring their 1,000+ tours are carbon neutral, support local economies and respect animal welfare and the environment. As of August 2018, Intrepid Travel became a certified B Corp.

Their non-profit arm, The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund established in 2002 by Intrepid Travel founders Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester. Set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit, the Intrepid Foundation now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare.

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