Culture and History Tours

For history hounds and culture vultures there's never a shortage of locations to indulge your curiosity and immerse yourself in the traditions of days gone by. Vibrant living cultures infused with the olden times offer a window into the past, and hold a mirror up to our own world.
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Inland & Amazon (EIA)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Highlights: Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.

16 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB)

South America Amazon, Galapagos, Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out – from the Andes to the islands and everything in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend three nights exploring the islands aboard our comfortable yacht, the Daphne. As one of the biggest tour operators in the islands, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value – there’s no better way to explore the region.

Highlights: Relax in Andean hot springs, spend the night with a local Quichua family, search for wildlife in the Amazon Jungle, swim and snorkel in the Galápagos Islands, encounter unique wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, explore colonial cities and hike up volcanoes

20 days
From $3849
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

South America Amazon, Galapagos, Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out—from the Andes to the islands and miss nothing in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend a week exploring the islands aboard Daphne. Our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value—there’s no better way to explore the region.

Highlights: Eight days cruising and swimming the Galápagos Islands by yacht, soaking in hot springs, feeling like a local on a Quichua homestay, encountering wildlife in the Amazon, shopping at the Otavalo Market.

24 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB)

South America Galapagos, Amazon, Inca Trail, Ecuador, Peru, Machu Picchu

Explore Peru's southern coast and its Incan Highlands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, this epic journey includes an all-encompassing tour of Peru and four nights exploring the Galápagos. As one of the biggest tour operators in the region, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value, and in Peru, we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to majestic Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Four nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne , trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, discover biological history from your naturalist guide, witness Lake Titicaca and the Nazca Lines, encounter wildlife in the Amazon Jungle

27 days
From $6099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture, and witness lush jungles and exotic wildlife. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, relax on Ecuador's beaches, witness Andean scenery, ride by train to the Devil's Nose, learn from the locals at an indigenous community, shop the Otavalo Market

18 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV)

South America Ecuador

If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no further than this trip packed with Ecuadorian highlights. Among these are a jaunt through the Amazon jungle, a trip to the Papallacta hot springs, and a visit to the Otavalo handicraft market for souvenirs (because lava is kind of hard to pack in your suitcase). Throw in 2 nights in a luxury Amazon lodge and an overnight in a historic hacienda, and you'll have made a month's worth of memories in only nine days.

Highlights: Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide, be surrounded by towering volcanoes, explore an Andean community and have lunch with locals, learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans

9 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This 8-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. (Trust us. It’s worth the time.)

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, witness Andean scenery, soak in the hot springs of Baños, shop the Otavalo Market

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.

7 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

South America Inca Trail, Peru, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Ecuador

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic 5-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all—the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Experience traditional life in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, set in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.

35 days
From $3749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

South America Peru, Ecuador

Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, Amazon and Pacific coast on this 15-day adventure from Lima to Quito. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets, and get an introduction to the Amazon and its people with time in a jungle community. Tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore these remarkable countries on your own and create the ultimate adventure.

Highlights: Mingle with Amazon locals during a homestay, get active in Baños, explore towering volcanoes and colonial cities, chill out on the beach or surf in Mancora and Huanchaco.

15 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)

South America Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, 7 countries, 3 nights in the Amazon and 1 adventure you’ll remember forever.

Highlights: Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion, stand in awe at Iguassu Falls.

65 days
From $7399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA)

South America Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador

Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas” – the ideal place to unleash your inner historian – and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional one-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of Galápagos to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, three nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of Galápagos, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles

13 days
From $4649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC)

South America Ecuador

Head for the clouds—cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo forest, sitting at a comfortable 1200m in altitude. Try river tubing, rappelling, hiking or horseback riding, or just take a more relaxed pace enjoying the jungle atmosphere. The Mindo area is known for its mind-boggling bird watching and more orchids than you thought possible.

Highlights: Explore the lush cloud forest at Mindo, encounter stunning flora and fauna unique to this area

3 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's two largest islands, Isabela and Santa Cruz. Travel by air, road and speedboat to Isabela Island. Hike around Sierra Negra Volcano's massive crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting grounds. Witness flamingos in the wild, visit the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Centre and enjoy plenty of opportunities to snorkel along the way.

Highlights: Hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world – and walk on the lava fields, observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon, be amazed at the unique wildlife of the Galápagos

7 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Want more Galápagos? Extend your stay by adding this 4-day adventure. See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's largest island, Isabela. Hike to a giant volcanic crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting ground—and stop at the site of the island's former penal colony. Along the way spot flamingos, penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas.

Highlights: Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, swim and snorkel in paradise, hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world

4 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
16 days
From $1599

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

20 days
From $3849

Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB)

24 days
From $4999

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

18 days
From $1299

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

35 days
From $3749

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

15 days
From $1399

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

3 days
From $499

Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC)

7 days
From $1799

Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN)

4 days
From $799

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Inland & Amazon (EIA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB) 20 days Classic Standard
From $3849
Full Ecuador (EF10HB) 24 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB) 27 days Classic Standard
From $6099
The Ecuador Experience (REE) 18 days Classic Basic
From $1299
Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3749
Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR) 65 days Yolo Basic
From $7399
Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4649
Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC) 3 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN) 7 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $799