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Where have you been?
Ecuador & Galapagos.

Have you been before?
No, this was my first visit.

How did you get there?
I flew from London Heathrow on Avianca’s direct flight to Bogota in Colombia and then on to Quito.

How long were you there?

I spent two weeks in mainland Ecuador and one week in the Galapagos Islands.

General route?
From Quito I went north to Otavalo before visiting Mindo in the cloud forest and then going back down to Quito. From there I headed along the Avenue of the Volcanoes via Cotopaxi and Quilatoa to Cuenca. Then I went to Guayaquil for my flight to the Galapagos.

Which was your favourite…
Place: Cuenca.
Hotel: Hacienda Zuleta.
Excursion: Quilatoa Loop trek and cycling at Cotopaxi.

Appeals to which type of traveller?
This trip would definitely appeal to active people: there was lots of trekking but it can be turned into a more scenic and less active trip by spending more time in haciendas and cutting down on the trekking.

What did you pack?
Everything! Warm clothes for the altitude, wet weather clothes for the rain and shorts and T shirts for the Galapagos, plus good walking boots!

Any good food, drinks, restaurants or bars recommendations?
La Compania, a craft beer pub in Cuenca, was great!
Dulce Placer ice cream shop in Quito for very interesting flavours.

Room for improvement?
It would have been nice to have a bit more sunshine!

How would you sum up your trip in a sentence?
Active! The treks are stunning and definitely worth the effort - people who enjoy active holidays and getting off the beaten track will absolutely love it.

Any top tips?
Take a waterproof camera to the Galapagos. The wildlife in the ocean is just as dramatic, if not more so, than that onshore. Being able to capture the playful sea-lions and graceful rays just metres from you is incredible and will mean you can bring lasting memories home with you.

In the Galápagos...

Which boat did you stay on?
The Eclipse.

Where was the best wildlife spot and what did you see?
It’s hard to choose a favourite spot! Snorkelling in general was fantastic – sea-lions come up to play with you and you’re surrounded by schools of rays and fish mixed in with the odd shark!

Best experience?
The overall experience of seeing so much wildlife and bird life at such close quarters was just incredible.

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