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Ecuador Holidays

From unforgettable Amazon trails to incredible wildlife-watching tours in the Galapagos Islands, fantastically well-preserved colonial cities and amazing volcano-climbing opportunities, Ecuador has more attractions than you could count. Seeing them all is the challenge that should become your aim.

Ecuador

A country whose name is synonymous with the invisible line of the Equator, dividing North from South, the centrally located Ecuador packs a powerful array of natural and man-made wonders, an especially astonishing collection of marvels in fact for such a small nation. But what Ecuador may lack in size it certainly makes up for in number of attractions; from the outstanding wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, to the amazing Amazon rainforest, the world's most active volcano and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Cuenca and Quito. There is so much to do and see here; the trouble will be fitting it all in - and that's where we come to the rescue!

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Straddling the equator, Ecuador benefits from a diverse but undeniably beautiful landscape. From areas of lush, exotic jungles to formidable-looking volcanoes and mountains, this country, although small, has plenty to offer visitors. It's easy to see why this bustling and thriving nation is often referred to as a microcosm of South America, with its contrasting climate, scenery and ambience.

Spectacular Nature – active volcanoes, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands

If there is one thing (well actually two) that you can find in abundance here, is a great variety of wildlife and a rich diversity of landscapes. Ecuador is home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, so much in fact that the UK's Foreign Travel Advice currently advises against climbing the Tungurahua and Reventador volcanoes due to renews volcanic activity.

But if you wish to see one of the world's most active volcanoes safely, you should aim to climb the Cotopaxi, the second highest summit in the country and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, having erupted over 50 times – the results of this are several valleys around the volcano created by repeated mudflows – a definite sight not to miss!

Another attraction that Ecuador is famous for is the amazing Andes mountain range, the longest of its kind in the whole world and an experience well worth the visit. With eye-popping scenery that seems taken out of a fairytale, on your journey alongside it you'll come across small villages, rolling fields, gurgrling streams and perhaps a condor or two flying overhead (Ecuador's national bird). Likewise, if nature is your passion you cannot miss any of the many wildlife-watching experiences on Ecuador's section of the Amazon rainforest.

Lastly but even more importantly, or more wondrous perhaps are the Galapagos Islands – that magical place that's home to so many rare and unique wildlife species, such as the iconic and rather remarkable Galapagos tortoise. Famously studied by Darwin during the Beagle voyage, it was the endemic species on these very islands that contributed to his theory of evolution by natural selection. But beyond any Darwinian appeal, these islands must be experienced due to the sheer beauty of their otherworldly landscapes and the rarity of its inhabitants, such as the world's unique marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and the majestic, lumbering tortoises.

Captivating heritage - Quechua villages and the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca

Beyond its undeniable natural appeal, Ecuador also boasts some incredible manmade wonders and most of these should be included in your itinerary to make your visit truly complete.

You should start off by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Quito and Cuenca – two colonial jewels lined by beautifully restored mansions, breathtaking churches and monasteries dating back to the 17th century and some of the most photogenic plazas you'll ever come across.

Whilst wandering along the cobblestone streets, amidst living architectural treasures you'll feel as though the old colonial days come to live and you could even make this experience more real by admiring amazing pre-Columbian works of art at various museums across the country.

Visit an authentic Qechua village to learn more about the life of five per cent of the population, the native Quechua community and how their simple way of life and traditions have manages to survive the relentless passing of time and the modern changes. Interacting with the humble locals will be another highlight of your trip and an experience you'll forever treasure.

Ecuador packs so many experiences across its varied topography that to see it all you either have to plan for a reasonably long holiday, an all-encompassing tour or come here more than once. Luckily for you, we have the right selection of packages for whatever kind of Ecuatorian experience you'd like to go for.

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