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Signature Ecuador: Volcanoes to the ocean

10 days from £3,410pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

The top highlights of Ecuador on an adventurous family-friendly holiday  Fly to Quito; visit the craft market at Otavalo, and travel by road along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Cuenca and the upland wilderness Las Cajas National Park.

A variety-packed holiday in Ecuador. Travel first to Ecuador’s highland capital,  visit the world renowned artisan craft market at Otavalo, and travel south by road along the Avenue of the Volcanoes via the Inca ruins of Ingapirca to Cuenca and the upland wilderness of Las Cajas National Park.

Ecuador sits right on the Equator, but its landscapes and climate are governed by altitude: from the sultry tropical coast to the dizzy heights of ice-mantled volcanoes at over 7,000m above sea level, there's huge diversity. It's a tiny country, you can travel from one highlight to another on relatively short, scenic drives or short domestic flights. This holiday of just over a week takes you on an amazing road trip through the Andes, visiting indian villages  where the inhabitants, who still wear their colourful fabrics, maintain a lifestyle little-changed since Spanish colonial times.

The colonial period is not neglected: you'll stay on one of the haciendas originally granted to the Spanish conquistadors, the restored historic core of Quito and Cuenca, a quintessential example of colonial grace and grandeur.

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  • Walking tour of colonial Quito
  • Visit Otavalo market
  • Guided excursion to Lake Cuicocha
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Explore Ingapirca Inca ruins
  • Las Cajas National Park

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  • A fantastic trip that includes highlight after highlight - from natural beauty to historical ruins. Lots of travelling but always jaw dropping views through the window. Highlights of the trip…

    DN, Peterborough
  • Jam packed itinerary with so many great places and sights in such a short time! Iguacu Falls, Rio, La Paz, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu- it really had it all.…

    LM, London
  • It was my first trip on this kind of tour. I felt very safe & included & thoroughly enjoyed my time in Mexico. As a group I felt we really…

    KM, Salisbury
  • "Getting to Machu Picchu after a 50 year  dream was amazing. Although the whole of Bolivia was magical stunning scenery excellent guides and a surrealistic landscape."

    MF, Warwick
  • Many good memories - arriving at Macchu Picchu was something we had wanted to do for many years, so was probably the most memorable.

    CA, Wembley
  • Most memorable experience? - Boat trip at Tortuguero.  Watching a falcon catch and eat a snake! Seeing Honduran White tent-building bats roosting under a Heliconium leaf. A superb holiday for those…

    ST, York
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Our Expert's Opinion

We created this holiday for people who want an introduction to Ecuador and its main attractions. The highlight for me is the train journey down the Devil's Nose in the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. This engineering marvel is a must-see for anyone visiting Ecuador for the first time.

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Ben Line Travel Expert Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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