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Ecuador & the Galapagos Holidays
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, its volcanic ‘Ring of Fire’ and the remarkable Galapagos Islands offer an ideal destination for a gentle walking holiday or a more challenging trekking trip.
There are so many delights and contrasts to enjoy in Ecuador: the dramatic volcanoes and the rolling moorland of the paramo; high altitude lakes and wonderful pastoral landscapes; quaint Spanish haciendas and ancient Inca ruins; a flourishing indigenous artistic culture which thrives alongside 21st century society; and a vibrant modern capital that 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.
About 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador lay the Galapagos Islands famed for their incredbily rare and diverse flora and fauna - much of which can be found nowhere else on earth. A Galapagos cruise or a Galapagos walking ‘safari’ staying in comfortable, waterside hotels will allow you to explore several of the key islands and enjoy one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences. Combine this with a gentle walking holiday in mainland Ecuador for an amazing trip that offers the best of all worlds.View our holidays here