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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

Family Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGF)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Looking to give your kids a crash course in exotic wildlife? What better place to visit than “Darwin’s test kitchen,” the Galápagos? On this multi-activity trip, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, hike, kayak, and swim the islands, as well as visit a giant tortoise breeding centre and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Who says learning about nature has to be boring?

Highlights: Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, kayak at Tortuga Bay, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, see Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

8 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

This ten-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore – so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galápagos giant tortoise. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time – and optional activities abound.

Highlights: Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, race a bike downhill in San Cristóbal, search for whitetip reef sharks in "Shark Alley", hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

10 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.

Highlights: Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.

9 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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

Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend three days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

Highlights: 3 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park onboard Xavier, snorkling over breath taking under water formations searching for sea turtles and rays, hiking through the lava fields of Bartolome to get an amazing view, learning more about the ecology of the Galapagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station

6 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galapagos - Central and East aboard Xavier (SEV06MB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

Highlights: 3 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, seeing 3 species of boobies and 2 species of frigate birds nesting together at Punta Pitt, snorkelling with rays and sea turtles under the shadow of Kicker Rock, witnessing the towering volcanic cliffs and the dark sand beaches of Santiago island.

6 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NA)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Curious to explore the Galápagos but don't have a whole lot of time? Step aboard the roomy Monserrat and join us on this cruising adventure through the archipelago's central and eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, check out the curious marine iguanas (the only kind in the world that swim for their food), and stroll through the cactus forests of South Plaza Island. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll return home more educated and invigorated than you'd ever get from a nature documentary.

Highlights: Three nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat , discover spectacular marine life in protected bays and go snorkeling with sea lions, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises

6 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

If you’re looking for a taste of exotic nature, look no further than this trip aboard the Monserrat, our comfort-class vessel for navigating the high seas of the Galápagos. From snorkeling with sea lions and other aquatic wildlife to taking a trek over volcanic rock, this trip will give you both incredible sights and indelible memories. And with two naturalist guides on the tour, you’ll bring home extra knowledge to go along with your photo slideshows.

Highlights: Three nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, find marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and playing in the surf

6 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Family Galapagos - Central, Southern and East Islands (SEV10NBF)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat for a mind-expanding cruising adventure through the archipelago's central, southern, and eastern islands. Hike the dramatic black lava flows of volcanic Bartolomé Island, snorkel with sea lions and other aquatic beasts, go for a hike on Española or opt to laze about on her white-sand beaches instead. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll come home with a perspective you simply can’t put a price tag on.

Highlights: Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises

10 days
From $4099
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

South America Guyana

If you've travelled South America but want to go further afield, discover Guyana—the continent's hidden corner. A nature-lover's paradise and free of typical tourist infrastructure, you'll encounter mountains, savannah and jungle canopy walkways in search of exotic birds, jaguars and other wildlife. A highlight is Karanambu Ranch, a rehabilitation centre for orphaned giant river otters. And for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know, you'll visit indigenous communities and encounter a way of life long forgotten by the modern world.

Highlights: Experience the forest from above on a canopy walkway, learn about traditional Amerindian life from the locals, trek jungle trails to observe birds and monkeys, explore the river at night in search of caimans, tend to giant river otters at the rehabilitation centre

12 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Colombia Experience (SMCE)

South America Colombia

Discover a corner of South America that's been off the tourist map for years without sacrificing your comfort on this fascinating Colombian adventure. You'll visit famous coffee plantations around Armenia and Salento and hit Medellín for museums and big-city bustle. Indulge in the beauty of Santa Rosa del Cabal with a hot springs soak, and immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Cartagena and the sophistication of Bogotá. This 12-day journey is an intriguing mixture of rural and urban—and culture and coffee.

Highlights: Sip coffee at its source amidst lush plantations, soak in natural hot springs, explore Medellín and Bogotá, wander the cobblestone streets in historic Cartagena

12 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Colombia Highlights (SMCH)

South America Colombia

Check your preconceived notions of Colombia at the door and discover the region’s riches on this well-paced adventure. From the convenience of Bogotá, fly to the natural and cultural wonders of the northern coast. Walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial Cartagena, enjoy a boat and snorkelling tour of the San Bernardo Islands and sleep in hammocks in Tayrona National Park—home to lush vegetation and endless beaches. Our expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know—leaving you free to enjoy the amazing scenery of this friendly country.

Highlights: Discover colonial history and Caribbean beaches, wander laid-back fishing villages and Tayrona National Park, indulge in sumptuous seafood and famous local coffee, wander the cobblestones of Cartagena, soak in a mud volcano

12 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Southern Divide (SMS)

South America Machu Picchu, Bolivia, Chile, Peru

For those looking to experience the history, culture and wilderness of South America, this 3-week adventure through Peru, Bolivia and Chile is packed full of some of the continent’s most iconic and popular highlights. Explore the Sacred Valley and uncover Incan history high in the Andes at legendary Machu Picchu. Explore incredible landscapes at Uyuni Salt Flats and the Atacama Desert, and encounter vibrant culture at Lake Titicaca. Because we have years of experience and established operational offices in the region, we’ll take care of the hassles so that you can focus on the highlights. Get off the beaten track and embrace the best of this incredible region.

Highlights: Explore the Sacred Valley, marvel at the views from the train to Machu Picchu, witness traditional life on Lake Titicaca, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and mountain wilderness by 4x4

22 days
From $3799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.

Highlights: Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

South America Peru

The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes between the most incredible Incan sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao – free of tourist throngs – before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor of Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.

Highlights: Trek the Andes, explore Choquequirao away from the crowds, discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, witness the mountain beauty of the Andes.

12 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
5

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

A wonder of the ancient world, the “lost city of the Incas” is the ideal place to unleash your inner historian. With 2 days to explore the Sacred Valley, once you’ve left the road less travelled, you’ll find majestic ruins, striking views of the Andes and local villages bursting with culture. Add in a local lunch at a Planeterra-supported community restaurant and a traditional pachamanca-style feast and your taste buds will be thanking you. As the premiere operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, meet local artisans at a Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op and local village, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, enjoy traditional treats and foods

8 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3
Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

10 days
From $2999

Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL)

9 days
From $2349

Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)

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)

6 days
From $2349

Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA)

6 days
From $2349

Galapagos - Central and East aboard Xavier (SEV06MB)

12 days
From $3999

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

12 days
From $2999

Colombia Experience (SMCE)

12 days
From $1999

Colombia Highlights (SMCH)

22 days
From $3799

Southern Divide (SMS)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1444
$1699

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

12 days
From $1699

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

8 days
From $1699

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Family Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGF) 8 days Family Upgraded
From $1999
Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL) 10 days Active Standard
From $2999
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $2349
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
Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA) 6 days Marine Standard
From $2349
Galapagos - Central and East aboard Xavier (SEV06MB) 6 days Marine Standard
From $2349
Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NA) 6 days Marine Upgraded
From $2499
Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NB) 6 days Marine Upgraded
From $2499
Family Galapagos - Central, Southern and East Islands (SEV10NBF) 10 days Family Upgraded
From $4099
Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $3999
Colombia Experience (SMCE) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2999
Colombia Highlights (SMCH) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Southern Divide (SMS) 22 days Classic Standard
From $3799
Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH) 17 days Classic Basic
From $1444
$1699
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM) 12 days Active Standard
From $1699
Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699