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Untouched jungles and towering volcanoes are interspersed with beautiful colonial architecture and beaches of white sand. Best known as the gateway to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador has much more to offer.

Certainly the famous Galapagos Islands, accessible via a short flight from Quito or Guayaquil, are not to be missed, with their pristine beaches, strange rock formations and unique wildlife. There is though much more to Ecuador. The cities of Quito and Cuenca have a long colonial history.

The scenery of Ecuador is spectacular – with green, fertile valleys bounded by the towering peaks of the Andes. Discover ‘Volcano Corridor’, where sleeping volcanoes form an avenue that can be explored in a car or coach, on foot or horseback or white water rafting. Traditional local markets in towns such as Otovalo, still display colourful hand woven textiles that have been made for centuries. The cloud forest, high in the mountains at Mindo, has its own unique ecosystem and wildlife. Not to be forgotten either is the Amazon jungle.

With parts of Ecuador within the Amazon Basin visitors can spend a few days in the jungle for a completely different experience – navigating rivers and walking through ancient jungle observing rare wildlife and brightly coloured birds.

See our latest blog from a member of our team who visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, for holiday inspiration.

Ecuador and The Galapagos

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