Small is beautiful or, in Ecuador’s case, truly breathtaking! A tiny country on the shoulder of South America, Ecuador boasts 15% of the world’s birdlife and has more biodiversity per square kilometre than any other country on earth.
Historic colonial haciendas sit in the shadow of smouldering volcanoes. Towering, snow-capped Andean mountains drop through lush cloud forests into the steamy Amazon. On the Pacific coast, old-growth forest tumbles onto picture-postcard beaches and offshore, the natural wonderland of the Galapagos Islands continues to amaze and inspire alike.
Occupied by the Inca in the 15th century, the country’s rich heritage is still visible today. Ancient temples give a glimpse into Ecuador’s pre-history, while Quito and Cuenca showcase some of the finest colonial architecture in the Americas. Colourful markets, such as Otavalo, offer a unique insight into Andean culture, while the adventure capital of Baños offers exciting hiking, riding and rafting.
There is a fabulous mix of accommodations, from beautiful boutique hotels to historic haciendas. Best of all, Ecuador is small and manageable, a true joy in South America! Volcanoes, cloud forests and the coast are all within a 2-hour drive of Quito, while a thirty-minute hopper flight opens up the Amazon rainforest. And then, for the dazzling highlight, take a flight over to the Galapagos…
With so much to explore one visit is just never enough!
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