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Ecuador and Galapagos
Ecuador sits on the equator between Peru and Columbia and it is one of the smallest of the Andean countries. However despite its small size the country’s Andean highlands and volcanic ‘Ring of Fire’ offer an ideal destination for a gentle walking or more challenging trekking trip.
There are so many delights and contrasts to enjoy in this area – the dramatic volcanoes and the rolling moorland of the paramo, high altitude lakes and wonderful pastoral landscapes, quaint Spanish haciendas, ancient Inca ruins, a flourishing indigenous artistic culture which thrives alongside 21st century society, while the vibrant modern capital sits alongside the architectural splendours of its colonial past.
Trips to Ecuador begin in Quito with its lively colonial Old Town. Some of Ecuador’s other essential highlights include: joining the crowds at Otavalo’s Saturday Market, one of the finest markets in South America; travelling along the Pan American Highway to visit one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Ecuadorian Andes; walking around the edge of spectacular Quilotoa, a crater lake famed for its emerald green waters; riding the Devil’s Nose train down 1,000m of switchbacks; and, of course, walking or trekking to explore the spectacular volcanic landscapes of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.View our holidays here