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ECUADOR &THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Tailor Made Holidays

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands Tailor Made Holidays – This Andean nation may be South America’s second-smallest country, but it towers above most other places when it comes to natural and cultural wonders. Home to Amazonian rainforest, 5000m-high volcanoes and the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands, Ecuador remains one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife-watching spots. Its cultural diversity is as varied as its geography, with a dozen different indigenous groups, a sizeable Afro-Ecuadorian population and a more recent influx of immigrants from Asia, each offering a unique take on the quintessential Ecuadorian experience. There are highland towns renowned for the colourful textiles and haunting folk music; laid-back fishing villages that move to the galloping beat of columbia; and vibrant cities that hold a captivating blend of old and new.

Best time to visit in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

May to December on the mainland, or January to April for the Galapagos

Best time to visit in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

May to December on the mainland , or January to April for the Galapagos

Places to visit in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

  • The splendid colonial centres of Quito and Cuenca, Unesco World Heritage sites with foundations dating back to the 16th century.
  • Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, a vast region of unsurpassed biodiversity.
  • The 5897m-high Volcan Cotopaxi, best seen from atop a horse or from the windows of a 400-year-old hacienda on the mountain’s slopes.
  • Cloud forests near Mindo, where over 400 bird species have been recorded.

Places to visit in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

  • The splendid colonial centres of Quito and Cuenca, Unesco World Heritage sites with foundations dating back to the 16th century.
  • Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest , a vast region of unsurpassed biodiversity.
  • The 5897m-high Volcan Cotopaxi , best seen from atop a horse or from the windows of a 400-year-old hacienda on the mountain’s slopes.
  • Cloud forests near Mindo , where over 400 bird species have been recorded.

Top things to do in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

  • Go wildlife watching in the Galapagos Islands and see giant tortoises, water-loving iguanas and extremely approachable sea lions.
  • Hike the Andes, overnighting in peaceful villages amid the spectacular scenery of the Quilotoa Loop.
  • Browse for handicrafts in Otavalo, one of Latin America’s largest craft markets.
  • Feel the adrenalin rush while white-water rafting on the jungle-lined Rio Napo.

Top things to do in Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

  • Go wildlife watching in the Galapagos Islands and see giant tortoises , water-loving iguanas and extremely approachable sea lions.
  • Hike the Andes , overnighting in peaceful villages amid the spectacular scenery of the Quilotoa Loop.
  • Browse for handicrafts in Otavalo , one of Latin America’s largest craft markets.
  • Feel the adrenalin rush while white-water rafting on the jungle-lined Rio Napo.

Discover Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

  • Read Huasipungo (The Villagers), by Jorge Icaza, a powerful depiction of indigenous villagers in the early 20th century.
  • Listen to Esto Es Esto, a US-Ecuadorian duo that blend traditional Ecuadoria sounds with hip hop and rock.
  • Watch Tania Hermida’s Que Tan Lejos? (How Much Further?), a road movie about two young women on an unplanned journey of self-discovery in the highlands.
  • Eat encocado (Afro-Ecuadorian seafood stew cooked with coconut milk and spices).
  • Drink canelazo, a warming drink of hot aguardiente (sugar-cane alcohol) served with cinnamon, sugar and citrus.

Discover Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

  • Read Huasipungo (The Villagers) , by Jorge Icaza , a powerful depiction of indigenous villagers in the early 20th century.
  • Listen to Esto Es Esto , a US-Ecuadorian duo that blend traditional Ecuadoria sounds with hip hop and rock.
  • Watch Tania Hermida’s Que Tan Lejos? (How Much Further?) , a road movie about two young women on an unplanned journey of self-discovery in the highlands.
  • Eat encocado (Afro-Ecuadorian seafood stew cooked with coconut milk and spices).
  • Drink canelazo , a warming drink of hot aguardiente (sugar-cane alcohol) served with cinnamon, sugar and citrus.

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands Highlights

The Galapagos Islands, Panama hats, pan pipes, the Andes, roasted guinea pig

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands Highlights

The Galapagos Islands , Panama hats , pan pipes , the Andes , roasted guinea pig

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