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Discover fascinating cultural crossroads set in a surprisingly diverse and breathtaking landscape. Meet amazing local artisans and connect with traditional lifestyles in the Andes. Wander the storied streets and mingle with locals in the beautiful Spanish colonial capital of Quito. Marvel at the world treasure of the Galapagos Islands and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the country’s natural beauty in the face of development.

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I chose Crooked Trails because they are committed to culturally and environmentally sensitive travel. Their dedication is unparalleled as evidenced by the level of commitment they put into developing and running their programs.
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Galapagos Islands Sea Voyage


PRICE

From $3,575 based on dbl. occupancy

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURES

Departures available year-rounds

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Baltra – Bartolome – South Plaza – North Seymour – San Cristobal – Española – Floreana – Santa Cruz – Baltra

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable

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Overview

You’ll be right in the heart of the action on this boat-based Galapagos adventure! Daily shore excursions will engage you with the many moods, wildlife, and landscapes of the islands as you hike, snorkel, swim and explore. Cap off energetic days of discovery watching the sun dip down from the deck of the boat, and then enjoy the after-dark spectacle of creatures swimming just below.

Highlights
  • Experience the wonder of these UNESCO World Heritage islands
  • Boat-based cruise on a comfortable, eco-friendly vessel with an amazing crew
  • Explore the varied terrains and learn about the host of wildlife on daily guided shore excursions
  • Combine with other itineraries in Ecuador or elsewhere in South America
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Galapagos Islands Land-Based Adventure


PRICE

From $3,775

DURATION

7D / 6N

DEPARTURES

Departures available year-round; inquire for fixed monthly dates

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

San Cristobal Island – Isabela Island – Santa Cruz Island – Baltra Island

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable

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Overview

This land-based program puts the emphasis on active adventure, as you have more time on the ground than on a boat-based tour. Kayak, mountain bike, hike, and snorkel around the Galapagos Islands and among its many inhabitants.

Highlights
  • Experience the wonder of these UNESCO World Heritage islands
  • Land-based itinerary gives you more time on the ground and less time cruising
  • Adventurous excursions such as kayaking, snorkeling, mountain biking and hiking
  • Combine with other itineraries in Ecuador or elsewhere in South America
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Andean Homestay and Multicultural Exploration


PRICE

From $2,915

DURATION

10D / 9N

DEPARTURES

Available year-round

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Quito – Otavalo – Cotapaxi – Quilotoa Lake – Macas – Banos – Quito

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience

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Overview

Ecuador is truly a multicultural country which holds a special fascination for visitors interested in varying cultures and landscapes. On this program you will have the opportunity to visit some of the indigenous communities of Ecuador, including the well-known Otavalo community, the Salasacas, and the Shuar.

Highlights
  • Unique opportunities to connect with and learn from several different indigenous communities
  • Travel through the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes and down into the jungle
  • A magical horseback ride in the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Shop at local markets to buy one-of-a-kind handicrafts directly from artisans
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WHY TRAVEL WITH US

Crooked Trails is a non-profit organization focused on transforming tourism into a positive force in the world. We create travel programs that reflect our values and are worthy of the trust placed in us by our travelers. By traveling with us, you can be assured that your money will go to support our partner communities, the causes we support, and our on-going work to make tourism better. We do this by:

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    Selecting locally-owned hotels, restaurants and transportation in order to ensure your money benefits local people.

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    Employing experienced local guides who are paid a fair wage.

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    Offsetting the environmental impacts of travel through initiatives such as our Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) campaign, demonstrating ways to protect local resources, and encouraging the purchase of carbon offsets.

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    Educating travelers in cultural sensitivity and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of their travels.

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    Acting on our commitment to the social and cultural protection of people in our host countries.

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    Offering unique experiences and opportunities for authentic engagement.

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    Donating a portion of your trip fees to the community development projects we support.

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