Altiplano Ramble

9 days from £3,100 pp incl flights, accommodation & transfers

Ecuador is small enough to catch the Andes in the morning and bathe in Pacific sunshine that evening, oh and I nearly forgot the unforgettable Galápagos islands.


Guayaquil was the home of Julio Jaramillo and he took the waltz from the cool banks of the Danube and adapted it to the tropical heat of the pacific coast in such a way that you’ll still hear his music around the country, not least in Guayaquil where the aesthetically stunning Malecon 2000 should serve as a credible blueprint for redeveloping the Southbank in London!!

The great Julio Jaramillo

As I pen this, the Tungurahura volcano is performing its pyrotechnic gymnastics resulting in a detour around Baños, which has become a very commercial travellers den in recent years. Cotopaxi is another volcanic cousin that you’ll see travelling through central Ecuador

Beautiful Authority!

Riobamba is the most pleasant of highland towns, brilliantly sunlight and illuminating an ancient looking main street where ladies are still proud of donning traditional Quechua dress, but beware of the ubiquitous reggaeton audio infestation from Puerto Rico; salsa, rockola and the original pasillo should calm the nerves and set you up for a thrilling neck bending hike through the magical Andes
Day 1 - Riobamba

• Day 1 – After arrival, spend a day acclimatising in Riobamba. Night in Riobamba

Day 2 - Chiritza

• Day 2 – After breakfast depart from Riobamba to Chiritza then on to a campsite on the Cuyabeno river

Day 3 - Aquarico river

• Day 3 - Take a canoe down the Aquarico river and view the local wildlife while reaching a second campsite

Day 4 - Aquarico river

• Day 4 – The day is spent exploring with canoe excursions going near the Peruvian border. A third campsite is established

Day 5 - The Amazon

• Day 5 – With guides you go trekking into the Amazon, and later in the evening here is an excursion to see local caimans and river dolphins

Day 6 - The Amazon

• Day 6 – The local guide then explains and takes you trekking further while introducing the wonderful sport of piranha fishing

Day 7 - The Lagartococha river

• Day 7 – A motorised launch takes you along the Lagartococha river to engage with Quechua communities. A 4th campsite is established

Day 8 - The Lagartococha river

• Day 8 – Wildlife watching with parrots and monkeys come into view to do their own thing

Day 9 - Riobamba

• Day 9 – Back to Charitza via the Cuyabeno and Aguarico rivers arriving back to Riobamba in the evening

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    Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo

      The Abraspungo sits in a glacial valley near to Riobamba and is the centrepiece of this highland hacienda that is constructed in the classical style of the area. Objects used in the local husbandry are part of the decorations that are afforded the hotel

      There is also a restaurant where you may hear the sounds of the highland people. The rooms seem to be fitted out in a surprisingly tasteful mix of modern and rustic, a comfort when lodging in the highlands which can get chilly at night

      If you know the Las Abras neighbourhood then that's where it is situated, out from the centre of town but within easy reach
    Location: Riobamba - Ecuador

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    Dann Carlton Quito Hotel

      Discreet, elegant, classic and welcoming hotel in Quito. Attractive interiors, with cutting edge design, make stays at this hotel from the Dann Carlton Hotels line highly enjoyable, distinguished by friendliness and innovation in its services

      210 completely renovated rooms with cutting edge design and services typical of first-class hotels

      Restaurant with a wide and varied menu; Liverpool Bar to enjoy your leisure time
    Location: Quito, Ecuador

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