Places to visit in Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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Andes to Amazon

Between the Andes and the Amazon is a rugged area of misty mountains and steep valleys smothered in cloud forest and punctuated with thermal pools, waterfalls and silvery streams.

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Avenue of the Volcano

Avenue of the Volcanoes

The aptly named Avenue of the Volcanoes is flanked by eight dizzyingly-high snowy mountains striding south of Quito down the Andean spine.

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Cuenca

Cuenca

This quintessential Spanish colonial city has cobbled streets, leafy plazas, baroque churches and a particularly beautiful pale-stoned centre.

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Galapagos Islands

The misty volcanic islands of twisted lava and sparkling sandy coves shelter an array of trusting bird and reptile species, not to mention undersea marine animals.

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil

Ecuador’s largest city is a commercial and cultural centre, boasting charming plazas, boulevards and a waterside promenade.

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Mindo Cloud Forest

Mindo and the cloud forest

Misty forests and abundant waterfalls shelter delicate orchids, a plethora of butterflies and 450 species of tropical birds.

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Otavalo

Otavalo and the northern highlands

The upland town of Otavalo is world-famous for its huge livestock, vegetable and textile market, and is surrounded by snow-tipped volcanoes, lake-filled craters and rolling hills.

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Isla de la Plata

Pacific coast

The northern Pacific lowlands of Ecuador have a gentle landscape of tropical agriculture, forest and warm-water bays.

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Quito

Quito

Ecuador’s volcano-flanked capital stands at 2,850m in the highland valley, boasting a beautifully restored historic centre and contrasting modern quarters with gleaming skyscrapers.

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The Ecuadorian Amazon

Occupying half the country, the Ecuadorian Amazon is a true wilderness of exuberant rainforest and remote indigenous communities.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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