Uncover towering Andes, Amazon Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands

The soundtrack to Ecuador is a collection of South America's greatest hits; the crunch of leaves under foot as an exotic animal wakes from its afternoon slumber, the piercing cries of colourful birds in the misty Amazon, the bellows of far-off smoldering volcanoes and the rhythmic clatter of sluggish trains rumbling along rickety mountain-side tracks.

There's the gentle ripple of Pacific coast waves lapping a tranquil golden beach, the flutter of pigeon wings in a leafy colonial era square, the hauntingly beautiful harmonies of traditional Andean music and the hustle and bustle of markets in sleepy hillside villages. Ecuador is a mosaic decorated with colonial gems and packed with miles upon miles of verdant rainforest. Best of all though, are the magnificent Galápagos Islands waiting to be discovered offshore, taking you closer to nature and friendly wildlife, than you ever thought possible.

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Language: Spanish, Quechua - Capital: Quito - Time Difference: GMT -5 Hours - Flying time from UK: 14H 45M one stop - Currency: US Dollar

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Galapagos land iguana. by Simon Matzinger - licensed under CC

Galapagos Islands

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Ecuadorian Amazon

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Tren Crucero

Travel in ultimate style between the Andes and the Pacific Coast with the magnificent Tren Crucero, the jewel in the crow…

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Quito

Everything about Quito's setting is dramatic, on a relatively narrow plateau high in the Ecuadorian Andes, the city is su…

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Alpacas in front of Chimborazo by Hans Stieglitz - licensed under CC

Riobamba & Avenue of Volcanoes

The road South of Quito is known as the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', and passes through the highlands, between towering sno…

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Cuenca

Nestled in the Andes mountains, at the end of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, lies the timeless city of Cuenca.

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Isla de la Plata, Ecuador by Francesco Bailo - licensed under CC

Machalilla National Park

This coastal national park, often overlooked in favour of the Galapagos Islands, actually offers a fantastic mix of hikin…

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Bellavista Cloud Forest

Here you can see several species of hummingbirds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals, all present in the area.

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil is the access point to the Galapagos Islands, known for its attractive riverfront promenade, regenerated downto…

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