Central + South America
Explore colonial cities and otherworldly cloud forests
Ecuador is a very special destination and visitors always leave with a renewed appreciation of the brilliance of nature. With its fascinating Spanish colonial cities, spectacular Andean scenery, Amazonian rainforest and rich, indigenous culture, we consider it one of South America’s most exciting destinations.
Some of the best jungle lodges in South America are located in the Ecuadorian Amazon and a stay here combines well with a few days in a family-run colonial hacienda in the Northern or Southern Sierras, where we have discovered some lovely, small lodges in areas with wonderfully few visitors.
- Initial Conversation
- Your Destination Expert will build a relationship with you and a nuanced understanding of what you want from your holiday.
- Creating an Itinerary
- Once we know you, we can match our years of specialist knowledge to you and begin designing your extraordinary trip.
- We will continue refining your itinerary adding in those special touches and leaving no stone unturned to make sure that every day is spectacular.
- 24/7 service
- From the moment you leave home, we will be on hand to ensure a totally seamless experience.
We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.
When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.
If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
Our service includes booking and managing all your international and domestic flights. However, you can also book your own international flights if you would prefer. We can also organise private charters and private jet travel for both international and domestic flights.
We have a fantastic VIP service in place to help you navigate the airport and make your journey as smooth and easy as possible. We can collect you from your home, take you to the airport and escort you through check-in and immigration to avoid any queues, straight through to the airport lounge before boarding your flight. The same service can be put in place on your return journey.
We understand that one of the most important factors to our clients is flexibility to give you as much assurance as possible when booking your next trip. We are extremely flexible and are on hand to discuss with you the latest updates on flexibility in any one of our destinations.
We have excellent relationships with a handful of insurance companies who provide various forms of cover. Each one offers a different policy with varying terms and conditions, so we strongly recommend getting a series of quotes and discussing your personal requirements in detail with them in order to find the best one for you.
Booking and travelling with an accredited tour operator is more important than ever. cazenove+loyd is a bonded tour operator and is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 3208. This means that the UK government guarantees all funds paid out to a bonded operator and is bound to pay in full if the bond holder is unable to deliver as contracted. This gives our clients peace of mind and full financial protection. Please see our booking conditions for further information.
We have put the relevant measures in place so that our destinations are ready to welcome you safely. In all of our destinations, sanitation and hygiene in our vehicles and the properties we work with are extensive, with cleaning protocols rigidly followed as well as other necessary safety requirements. We always arrange private vehicles and guides for our clients when travelling in a destination.
The price of our service is dependent on the intricacies of the itinerary. No two trips are the same. Our philosophy is to make every detail tailored just to you.
For the latest details on deposit and balance payments and schedules, please get in touch to speak to an expert.
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Each of our dedicated experts has extensive knowledge of the destinations they specialise in. They are continuously re-visiting, trying and testing so that they can offer you up to date and little-known insights into the regions they are so passionate about.
Stories from Ecuador
"In the jungle I saw inter alia 53 bird species. The alia included 7 monkey species, a couple of anacondas, a boa constrictor and numerous unlikely insects, not least a staggeringly lovely iridescent morph butterfly at the end of its life. After that, in the northern Sierra, coastal plain and Galapagos, I saw another 73 bird species (my father would be envious) together with multitudinous mammals, fish and reptiles, including the famous and stuffed Lonesome George."
"An enormous thank you for the incredible trip that you organised for me to Ecuador. The entire trip was wonderful, from the pretty Hotel del Parque to the Theory to the gorgeous Zuleta, which I fell in love with. What a lovely place, and what gorgeous people. It's so rare to find places like that anymore, that still reek of history and family, so it was extremely special.”
"Every single step of our beautiful travel in Ecuador went very, very well! We all had a very relaxing time and could enjoy every single day (even the travel days to and from these distance places). We did many trips in the past years, however, the support in the preparation and the organisation by you and your team were very professional and also personal, probably the best we had so far!"
"The dust is settling and I have the time to think back on our wonderful trip. Honestly, I cannot think of a thing that I would have done differently. We had a fantastic time at the hacienda. The countryside was beautiful, and the horse-riding and rope climbing was a brilliant challenge for some of our group. It was good that we had those few days before we went on the boat, as it gave everybody a chance to settle in and catch up on sleep before we flew to the Galápagos Islands. And the boat was absolutely sensational. Every member of the staff was courteous, helpful and good at his or her job. Our guide, Camilo, was just the best. He was charming, knowledgeable and efficient. The staff on the boat were extremely accommodating, the food was delicious and we saw animals that we had never seen before, including penguins, flamingos, sharks and manta rays."
I would like to thank you for organising our trip to Ecuador. Everything was perfect and we were very happy there. The hotels were very good quality and the guides were perfect, too. We especially loved the Galápagos.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
From cloud forests to jungle lodges and unrivalled wildlife, discover what makes our holidays to Ecuador and the Galapagos so extraordinary.